So I got a really good offer the other day, at a place I’m stoked to go work for a bunch of reasons (more interesting project, really liked what the director of technology had to say, close friend works there and vouches for the place, nice stable ~50 person company).
It’s not an insane offer, but it’s definitely at the high end of what my experience realistically qualifies me for in this (excellent) market. 1.5x my starting salary out of the bootcamp. Well more than I’ve ever made previously, that’s for sure.
This is all awesome, obviously! I’m super excited.
My current boss, when I told him earlier today, gave me the ol’ “don’t do anything official yet, take tonight to think about it, and think about what we could do to keep you here” routine. Which is neat! I’ve never gotten that before. And it’s not like I hate my job, I just don’t love the megacorpness of it and the layer I’m currently working on is not amazing (it’s an intermediary API in a large microservice ecosystem, so most of what I do is map request<>domain<>response objects and collate calls to other services). But I’m actively excited about the new place, to the point where like they’d have to beat the new offer by quite a bit to keep me here.
OTOH, I absolutely get why he’d bend over backwards a bit to keep me here. Not just because I’m good for my level (I am, but I’m not a wunderkind or anything), but we’re like two months out from a business-critical deployment that is on everyone’s mind for sure and losing a fully onboarded engineer will definitely sting.
But even if they write a big check, I feel like shit would be weird.
I dunno. I’m kinda talking out loud (and blogging about my tech job, y’know), but I’d love to hear if anyone has any experiences navigating similar waters.