Yesterday I literally got the easiest raise that has ever occurred to me. I merely applied for a few other positions in the company and I got an offer to stay put, but be reclassified to an engineer position with a 9% raise starting July 1. That’s the simple version of what occurred.
The long version of the story was I was getting unhappy at my job almost a year ago. It was becoming a bit too repetitive for me and I was starting to feel under valued. Yet at the start of the year we had a department reorganization and I got a new position, so I was sort of hoping things would get better. Nope, that didn’t happen, in fact things got worse for a while. If you have ever been reorganized you will likely understand the reason: confusion, uncertainty and more demands on you than time to do them.
Rather than bitch about it, I decided to do something. I dusted off my resume, cleaned it up and started shopping for other jobs within my current company (it has an excellent benefit package so I wanted to stay with it). Apparently I hit a few sore spots when I applied for a position that I was almost guaranteed to get an interview. So then there was some honest talks with my supervisor on what was looking for and what could potentially be done to keep me.
So a plan was put forward about potentially reclassifying my existing job to an engineering position. Frankly given the typically slowness in our company on issues like this, I didn’t put much faith in it occurring. Yet the bureaucracy can occasionally shock even me and the paperwork was done so fast I expected it to be almost smoking when the new job offer came off the printer.
Now I had an interesting problem if you took the the money issue off the table and adding a promise to modify my workload, could I be interested enough to stay put? I was giving the idea serious thought because you see my current position has two aces in the hole: 1) I have utterly great co-workers (intelligent, friendly and funny) and 2) the future workload is going to be very interesting. The currently workload sucks a bit, but the future projects in the next year or two is going to be perfect for me (really complex problems with multiple broad systematic issues and a mandate to overall them). Yes, I know that a lot of people would hate that kind of work, but system analysis and modification with the equivalent of a 15 dimensional problems is fun for me.
So I decided to accept the offer and stay put and to start my ‘new’ job…I’ve going on vacation for a month. 😉 So were you ever in a situation where you were ready to move on, but changed your mind? What helped you stay put or leave your job?