A question came up today while I was in thought and I thought I would pose it to the community to see what responses you guys had.
What do you guys weigh for pros and cons when evaluating multiple job offers?
The list I have so far is:
Salary - Obviously this comes into play. Salary requirements often fluctuate depending on who, what, where you'll be working. Often times we're willing to take less pay if our other pros are in check. Most of the time we require more pay if there are more cons on the list.
Cost of Living - How much will your salary actually be worth? Could you feasibly afford a house and car? Will you have to rent? etc.
Company Vision - What is the company's goal? Do they want to make AAA games? Do they want to focus on Casual Games? Does this line up with your vision?
Amount of Creativity - Will you be able to be creative within your discipline? Is this important to you? Do you like to own your work or do you enjoy working on someone elses creation?
Benefits - What level of health insurance do you get if any? Dental? Eye? Family?
Location - Some people hate the cold, others hate the heat. Do you love beaches? Do you want to live abroad? Big city or small? Distance to your friends and loved ones. What cultures are you interested in and want to experience?
Area for Advancement - Most people don't want to be stuck in one role their whole career. It's important to be able to advance. Can you advance within the new studio? Will the new job help you advance towards your end goal be it with this studio or a different one in the future?
Travel - Will you get to travel with the new job? Is going to trade shows important to you? What's the proximity to the nearest airport?
IP - Is the IP something that you are excited about? Does it even matter?
What other bullet points should people consider when weighing pros and cons?
Do you guys have any discussion relating to the above bullet points?