Of a sort.
I have been with the same company for 24 years, and the last 5 have not been very enjoyable for me. I like the owner of the company, but the management team is terrible, and the dept. I work in (Tech Service) is demoralized. It seems like everyone hates their job, and the pay has been stagnant. I myself should actually be paid higher than I am, per industry and regional standards. I have stuck it out due to hard headed loyalty to the owner, but truthfully, they can't afford to pay me what I am worth, and I can't afford to work here any more.
Earlier this week, I was "strongly encouraged" by one of my clients to apply for a position that had opened in his bank. It requires the same skill sets that I have, it actually reduces my area of responsibility (going from a territory of 100's of systems to maintain to a much smaller grouping of equipment), and it pays 33% more than I am making now. Plus, I am pretty sure that my portion of insurance payments will go down, due to the larger staff (not sure about this, but would be surprised if not the case), which will also be an increase in take home or in savings contributions. Plus, no more driving all over the state to maintain equipment and to fix sudden emergencies, no more college campuses and hospital systems to deal with, a great reduction in stress.
So, I submitted my resume. This morning, I got the callback, they want me to come in fill out an application. My name had been "flagged" by IT as a candidate to talk to. The IT decision maker is the same person who encouraged me to apply, so I seem to have an "in".
This is all so new to me, I feel like a housewife who has been married for 24 years, taken for granted, told that this was the best that could be, and now being wooed by someone who makes her feel sexy and alive. Or I feel like the hamster in the cage, where the door has been left open, and I could escape, but "my cage is comfortable, I have my water bottle, I have my pellets, I have my wheel. Outside is scary!"
Anyway, I feel bad in some respects, with regards to the owner. I know that if I leave, this is going to be a huge hit to the service dept. (due to the fact that my co-worker has not been given the proper motivation to get his skills and certifications up to where they really should be. He may have to find that motivation very soon!). I don't know if friendly relations are going to be able to be maintained. That bugs me most of all, since I it bothers me when people have reason to dislike me, and this would be a pretty good reason.
Anyway, can't talk to any coworker about this, so I am sharing with you all.