So I have found myself in a bit of a dilemma. A couple of months ago, I decided to go back to work full time. I am a single mom. I applied at several places for management positions in retail and cafes. I have not been working for the past couple of years, so most of the places that offered me positions wanted me to start at the bottom and work my way up the ladder to management. I decided on a job at a cafe/bakery that offers an amazing schedule. This cafe is only open M-F during regular business hours. So that means no nights, no weekends, no holidays, which is really rare in this industry. I currently work from 5:30am until 2:30pm. I'm home for my girls after they get out of school and I wont ever have to work weekends or holidays which is amazing. The company is growing at an incredible speed and upper management promised that I would move up quickly as long as I worked hard and prove myself. They offer benefits, too. Here is the catch...a lot of the employees hate working here. They seem to hire really young managers who don't really know what they are doing and there is just a lot of unhappiness going around. They are short staffed and people complain about not getting paid enough for the amount of work that they put in. The management seems super stressed out and there seems to be poor communication throughout the company. So I'm not sure I would be entirely happy with a longterm management position at this company. BUT could I leave a job that would offer me such a great schedule?? I mean, I'd be able to spend every night, weekend and holiday with my girls??!!
So, the other day I was called by the manager at Trader Joe's. I applied there at the same time, but it was the beginning of the summer and they didn't have any jobs open. Well, now they do. But only for the position of part time crew memeber, which could be up to 37.5 hours. And they are well aware of my management history and my desire to move up to management asap. But there is so much competition for each management position, it could take me a looooooong time to get there. BUT when I do get there, I will get paid a lot more money working at TJ's than I would at my current company. The other con is that at TJ's they said they mostly need help covering the nights and weekend shifts! And they are open holidays. And from what I've read, management works 60 plus hours a week, which is a lot for a single mom. But it seems like everyone loves working there. They take great care of their employees, have amazing benefits, and create an atmosphere of positive energy. They want me to start next week, I am so confused!!!!
So on one hand I have a job that has a schedule that is perfect for my family, I will always be there for my kids when they are home. But the money might not be as good and I might not be as happy working there. but I will move into a management position rather quickly.
On the other hand there is a company with a great reputation of taking good care of their employees. People are genuinely happy to work there, great benefits, great company...but crappy hours. I wouldn't be there for my kids as much, but I'll be making much better money in the long run, and I'll be happier at work.
Can someone give me an opinion? I'm just looking to hear what other moms think.I'm really confused as to which route I want to take!