It seems to me that there is an extra benefit to the new job - not being expected to work longer hours to move up. Do you really know that the new job is noy the same way in that area?
No, I don't for sure. I don't think it is since I know somebody who used to work there & they said it was generally 8-5 & they were generous with the vacation & paid time off. But it depends on what department you worked in.
Regarding the salary, it's a personal choice based on other conditions. If the working conditions were the same and everything else were equal, you'd probably e pretty pleased with a $2000 raise at your current job, right? So it comes down to whether the different conditions make the job at least equal to the old one.
Great point, DH.
It's hard to advise you on negotiation without knowing the field and the sizes of the companies involved. You might be EXPECTED to counter offer. Sometimes when someone comes in and accepts the first offer it can be viewed a bit negatively. What kind of business person does that? In other fields/companies though there is no room for bargaining.
Both jobs are in corporate finance in service related industries. Large, privately owned companies with revenues of several billion a year.
I guess if I were in your shoes I would decide what it would truly take to make you jump at the new job and throw your heart into it. Then, give them that number as a counter offer. The worse that could happen is that you don't get the new job. But my suggestion could change if I knew more details.
I'm really interested in this job since they do some things with financing that my current employer doesn't. If all else fails I could stay there a couple of years & use it as a resume builder.