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    Exclamation I need some advice...!!

    So i got a job offer today. Been through two interviews and a tasting. Then salary negotiations. They offered me a good amount to be the Executive Sous. But the problem is their benefits package compared to what i get now stinks. $1400 a month just in health insurance for the family plan vs my $500.


    Since i'm doing corporate my hours are manageable. PLus 1 week vaca vs my 4 weeks(i know i kinda have it good). then there is the 401k. None vs some.


    What should i do. I'm seeing more room for growth and opportunity for creativity with the new place, but I'm not single and i love seeing my family. Plus after th deductions it more of a lateral move monetarily. My wife says no matter what i decide she will support me.

    Am i being complacent by considering not taking the position... or am i being realistic in wanting a life outside of a kitchen?

    As chef and cooks that do you think?

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    As a bench jeweler, when I had the job change thing come up I went with what I felt would be the most satisfying work environment, with the best opportunity for creative growth. All other considerations evolved afterwards and I ended up with more than was apparent initially.
    As Joseph Campbell said, "follow your bliss". It worked for me.
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    Thanks spike for the words.
    I don't want to get stuck in the "comfortable zone." But then I do have a family to think of. If i was single it would be a no brainer.
    As of now it feels like the present job situation would be most satisfying as a family man. Both jobs offer me the creative out put... each to their own extent.

    The new job would be more satisfying as a chef. That is the my rock and hard place.

    I used to take more risks when i was younger, but once i got married and had kid my priorities changed a little.

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    The problem with the "follow your bliss" admonishment is that is does not really allow for all of the different forms of bliss. Being there for your family happens in a variety of different ways. When you look back on how you spent your life, what will you see? What sort of role model will you have been?
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    I did the corporate chef thing a while back.The compensation was great,nice benefits,vacation time etc.But after 5 years I'd had enough.The more they give,the more they want(like most corporate).Too many bosses that stifled my creativity.Don't get me wrong I don't regret a thing.Don't do it just for the $$,do it cause you love it.

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    you are right on the money with that one Shankster.

    But my creativity is not being stifled as of now. The actually let me buy whatever equipment i need/want up to a certain limit of course. But like you said the more they give the more they want. I seems like they want a new menu for every freaking function we do. Like the 50 different menus (not menu items) that are in the system are not good enough or something. PLus they want a 2 week cycle on my dessert menus for the dining room. By the time i train the staff on how to do the desserts, i need to change it. hahah.

    maybe i should go the Chef Colin route and open restaurant of my own again.

    Any investors out there want to spend some money on a young chef that isn't too pretentious and knows his niche in the market??

    i guess it was worth a try.

    -Joe

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    I hope you don't think I'm trying to dissuade you from going the corporate route,your experience might be way different from mine.My situation was different.I didn't have a family to support so it's easy for me to say 'don't do it for the money".
    Like I said.i don't regret it for a minute.Met some great people and made a sh@tload of money.But at the end of the day I wasn't a happy camper.Best of luck with whatever choice you make.

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    Peter and Spike.

    Thank you both for different perspectives on the subject. I hope i make the right choice, whatever it may be. I think i need a tums... my stomach is turning just thinking about it.

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    Just me, but I would not take a job with just one week vacation. Sounds like more negotiating is needed???

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    I've asked similar before, but what does a typical executive chef earn? Ballpark?

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