Survey Finds Stability Number One Draw for Job-Seeking Executives

MENLO PARK, CA -- What's the best yardstick for evaluating a job offer? In a recent nationwide survey, 44 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said that, other than salary and traditional benefits, the stability and reputation of a company is their primary consideration in accepting an employment offer. Work/life balance programs ranked second (22 percent), followed by stock options (18 percent).

The survey was developed by RHI Management Resources, North America's largest consulting firm providing senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a project basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies with more than 20 employees.

CFOs were asked, "Other than salary and traditional benefits such as health insurance and 401(k)s, which of the following, in your opinion, is the most appealing to senior-level executives when considering an employment offer?" Their responses:

The stability of the company/company reputation     44%
Work/life balance programs 22%
Stock options 18%
The challenge/prestige of position 13%
Other 1%
Don't know/no answer  2%

"Established companies with sustainable growth and a solid reputation are often viewed as providing the best job security," said Cecil Gregg, executive director of RHI Management Resources. "While the opportunity and challenge of working for high-tech start-ups appeals to many executives, the potential for long-term career satisfaction and work/life balance with a reputable firm that has a proven track record is still an attractive incentive to professionals at this level."

RHI Management Resources has locations in major cities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, and offers online job search services at

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