The job hunt: decision time part 2

I did hope that I could made the decision last week at the last during the weekend. But there were some new things I do have to take into account when making a decision.

Last Friday I did have a long discussion with one of the vice presidents within the current company. The VP did ask for this meeting, so that he could understand why I came to the conclusion to leave the company and if there were things which could be done so that I would change my mind.
While I wasn't looking forward to this meeting, I did grant them this favor. You don't throw away 23 years at the company within the blink of an eye. At least I don't.

I have to admit that I didn't think that this meeting would have any impact on my decision making process but o what was I wrong.

Their offering

They did go was farther with the offer than I could imagine. Like written above, I am not switching job due to salary reasons, so they knew they couldn't convince me to stay with a bag of money and luckily they didn't.

  • A switch to the Belgium payroll;
  • Ending the current contract with my current client;
  • A new direct people manager and a new team;
  • A revision of all the extra duties besides the work for the client and see which tasks I do see as a burden and which ones does give me energy.

This offerings doesn't look so great but there are some great things within them.
Take for instance the move to the payroll of Belgium would mean that I could be working from home again and that I would have more holidays. If I did calculate it correctly, I would have 5 holidays more per year and 2 statutory holidays. So, that 7 days extra per year. Besides that in Belgium the law does say that if a national holidays is during the weekend that the companies are forced to give their people an extra chosen holiday. Mostly this is a Friday or Monday when there is holiday on Tuesday or Thursday.
Beside that the agreement is made that it would be a net transfer, if they just would move my current brute salary I would loose a lot of income due to the bigger salary taxes in Belgium.
I have been working 15 years now for my current client, which of course did decrease the connection with the own company. Also a new client, would be the same as going to another consultancy firm. In both cases it would be more or less a fresh start, without throwing away 23 years of seniority.
A new direct manager would of course empty the frustration bucket, this is already mention that I can chose my direct manager and team myself?

This offering would mean more or less a fresh start without loosing my seniority, which is a big plus. Also it would eliminate the fine I do have to pay when ending my lease contract, this fine is around 5K euro.
I am now waiting on the final details

So yes, there offering does have some advantages. So it will be a decision based on feelings.
I am still planning to make a decision this week, which is needed to hand in my resignation in time to be free on the first of October.

Cheers,
Peter



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Sounds like they gave you a pretty good offer to me. The move the other payroll was the real kicker for you. I feel like all of the other stuff is just icing on the cake! Best of luck with your decision!

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Waiting on the results of the move to the other payroll. Customer is also moving again, suddenly out of the blue sky an offer as business consultant. This does come from an unexpected corner, a manager which was my line manager in the early years at the customer.

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This is actually better than decent as they really want to keep you on board. This is what you wanted and who knows maybe makes your decision even harder now as you never expected this.

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And the client also in back in the game with an offer as business consultant! Just received that information. Will be a Hercules task to make the decision this week.

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