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Potential Job Offer in Riyadh

Old Sep 21st 2021, 7:03 pm
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Hi,

I wanted to get your thoughts on a potential offer from one of the large consultancies' that is looking to set up a base in Riyadh.
They offered me:
1. Manager position at 52K SAR/Month that includes housing + transport
2. 25% bonus cap + medical and children's school ( though we don't have kids)
3. Return flights to the UK once a year + Relocation allowance of £4k
I am 36, currently work for a Fortune 100 company in London as a Manager with a base salary of £80k/pa + bonus, car allowance etc. We don't have kids and my wife will be moving with me and will take a job there. They are in a hyper-growth phase and the industry I work in is expected to grow heavily in the Middle East
Following are my questions:
1. Is this a decent move for my career? Often heard that KSA posting is a Kiss of Death for career progression? Have worked in Riyadh in 2019 for few months on a project though.
2. Is this salary decent enough to afford a western-style compound? We are looking for a 2-bed apartment.
3. Are there any factors either, financial and non - financial that I need to take into consideration?

Will be grateful, if could provide your thoughts.

Thanks

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Old Dec 1st 2021, 1:58 pm
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52k per month including housing and transporatation? 8k for housing and 3k for car rental, so you get 41k per month.
Do you think it is a good offer though?
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Old Dec 1st 2021, 8:30 pm
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That’s a great offer mate. Shut up and take it. Save up. Clear the mortgage or at least a large chunk and head back home before your CV gets a too toxic.
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Old Dec 2nd 2021, 7:21 pm
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why will it get toxic? won't the experience of working in a hyper growth environment / sector translate well with start-ups / late-stage unicorns?
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I know many who have declined postings in KSA as the experience translates to garbage. Take it and stay a little longer and retire sooner is always another option.
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Old Dec 3rd 2021, 8:42 am
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Originally Posted by larryson View Post
why will it get toxic? won't the experience of working in a hyper growth environment / sector translate well with start-ups / late-stage unicorns?

Toxic but survivable. It’s a case of do as your told… the ability of your peers tends to be a lot lower than what you would be used to.

I would go for it, 2-3 years here can really add to the bank balance back home. It is also definitely worth the experience.


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