Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Straight Answers to Real Questions

Question: I’m the CFO of an owner-managed cosmetics manufacturer here in Mississauga. I’ve been here for over nine years and I’m wondering if I should start looking at the market. It’s not that I’m unhappy; I like my boss, the work’s interesting and everything’s humming along pretty smoothly.

My concern is that if I stay too much longer that it may be difficult to find another job if and when I need to make a move (I’ve heard that if you stay too long in one place that you’re less marketable).…

Compensation Snapshots # 48 – Corporate Controller of an HVAC Management Company

Salary surveys are useful in defining a general compensation range for senior finance and accounting positions. However, the ranges they report are too broad to be really useful to users who are trying to nail down an appropriate pay scale for someone in their particular operation. Compensation can vary widely as a function of industry, size, complexity, growth history and location. What the CFO of a public, $75mm high tech manufacturing concern in Markham is earning will be very different from what the CFO of a privately owned $75mm furniture manufacturer in Mississauga is earning.…

Peering Over the Expectation Gap

It’s Tuesday morning around 10:00am and a hypothetical VP of Finance (let’s call her Amanda) is at her desk strategizing about replacing her controller who resigned on Friday. She’d already talked to human resources who promised to post the job online and now she’s wondering what else she could be doing to expedite the process. As Amanda is mulling over her options, the phone rings and lo and behold, it’s a placement agency that happens to specialize in accounting and finance inquiring if she might have any openings.…