This was a thought that often ran through my head when I was an employee for various SI’s and independent contractors would come in and help augment the project.
Here I was working 60+ hours a week, in a high stress environment, with curve balls being thrown at me every which way, daily.
And many of the contractors would come in, do their job, leave on time and if called upon after hours, usually get paid for that extra time.
While this appears to be the most financially rewarding and stress-free route to take, there’s a lot more to it:
– Contractors only get paid when they work; employees get paid regardless
– Contractors are responsible for lining up their own projects; employees don’t have to worry about this
– Contractors have to figure out things on their own; employees can often tap into their internal employee network
– Contractors have all the overhead of benefits, accounting/taxes, paid training, 401k, etc.; employees have this covered
– Contractors may hit a bill rate plateau over time; employees tend to have an upward ladder of career and salary progression
I’m sure there’s others…
Depending on your situation, the grass may not always be greener.