My advice to MEME in Tucson; It sounds to me like you should take the assistant position. If this is a large property management company, it doesn't matter how many years of experience you have. If you have never worked for a large company, you will need to start out as an assistant. I currently work for a very large company. Most widely known for the training they provide to their employees. But their expectations are pretty fierce. If you don't live up to them, they will let you go. It is worth you time to start out as an assistant and get proper training. I have worked for both small and large companies. I had over 11 years of "manager" experience working for small companies when I landed a job with a large company. I thought I knew it all when I took the job. I can honestly say that I have learned so much. I am confident at this point that I would be able to make any property I manage a success even in a bad market. I say, "take the job".