Completely first world issue, and to cap it it really does put me in a good position.
A bit of background. About 3 years ago i left a company to work for a competitor, a new start up company, it was more money and it was always the right thing to do. I was pivotal to its [current] success and my previous employers drop in sales and margin. The reason I left was due to a lot of restrictions placed on me, money (as above) and some "incompatibility" with some of the board members.
The new company whilst it was the right move, has caused me nothing but headaches. i can and do understand and empathise with enterprise start-ups, but the general attitude and moral in the workplace is dire. There have been a number of other resignations of the "good" people, those that can think for themselves, entrepreneurs, initiative thinkers and I am again left with working with people out of the depth acting as the fall back guy. To add, the personality of the owners is incredibly counterproductive, and there have on more than 1 occasion been shouty matches and exceptionally un-professional comments. To compound this I challenged my pay on a number of occasions, the last one ending in “if you want more money go elsewhere”
Now, my previous company have gone through some changes, new board members, bigger company, new challenges etc -they've been after me again! More money is on the table, better resources, better people, professional atmosphere, healthcare – generally a better package than I am on now.
So, I thought it was an easy decision, hand my notice in, and figure out what the notice period could be agreed on. No. An unexpected, what seems, sincere effort to keep me on board. This includes a pay rise that would almost double my current one and be approx. 20% more than the new (old) place is offering. They have also said they will try and address the poor morale… However, despite this being the forst time they’ve actually been sincere (well the Investor – also one of the directors, at least) I have my doubts whether change is really possible.
So, move on or stay. Got to be honest is money worth un-happiness, if so what’s the price… Got to think of the family..