In the wake of the pandemic my company lost a lot of its business and clients, and revenue is down by over 60%. People were furloughed (and some in the overseas office were fired), and mandatory 15% pay cuts were put in place.
These developments freaked me out and I have been applying to new positions for the past 3 weeks (I'm a Data Scientist). I received an offer today from a fairly well-known (in the field) company. I applied to this company because they were (and even as of yesterday) still advertising new positions, at a time when most companies were freezing hires or laying off people. The company appears to be doing well, and the recruiter assured me that while they have slowed down hiring to just the most essential roles, they are still in relatively good shape and a retraction of the offer (if i chose to accept it) would be unlikely. The salary is better than what I am earning at my present company (even without the recent 15% pay cut).
I'm now left with a difficult decision.
Do I start a new position at a time when there's a looming depression, in a company that is still doing fairly okay, but isn't completely unscathed by the current pandemic? The uncertainty and lack of security is what is worrying me. What if things get worse for the company in the next few weeks/months? The saying "last one in, first one out" comes to mind.
On the other hand, in my current company my position is fairly secure, but the recent bout of furloughs/layoffs/pay cuts has freaked me out and I feel things could potentially get worse. Management flat-out mentioned that the company has a substantial excess of employees based on the current low demand due to loss of clients. That is a terrifying thing to hear! However, I've read that most companies in the current situation usually follow the "cut early, cut once, cut deep" practice, meaning they try to avoid multiple cuts (and rather just make a big one early) and consequently as an employee, if you avoid that first cut, you're probably safe (for a while). My company has been extremely (and actually unusually) upfront with us, showing financial projections (into early 2021) with and without the furloughs/layoffs/pay cuts. It's clear this was something they had to do to save the business. And while they were careful not to promise there wouldn't be more cuts/layoffs, it seems the measures they've taken so far might suffice to keep the company afloat for the short-to-medium term, while the economy recovers (insofar as it can), but this is really all just speculation on my part.
So what to do? Any advice from anyone going through a similar situation?