Wow, a job offer...to do the same job...and piss everyone off?
December 6, 2011 1:07 PM Subscribe
A consulting company that I work with would like to hire me away from my employer but then provide consulting services to them. Is this ever a good idea? What do I need to know/find out before moving forward?
posted by fanta_orange to Work & Money (14 answers total)
I've asked job questions before on this sockpuppet, because I am generally unhappy at my job (software project management) and have been wanting to move. I've worked with these consultants for years on a number of projects and often considered whether or not I would work for them someday. Recently, in a fit of frustration because 3 people have left and are not being replaced and I now have 3 full-time projects to manage, I spoke with their manager ("Joe") about the possibility of leaving my company and working for them. I just wanted to put the idea out there and he said he'd think about it.
Joe just called to say that they would like to bring me on, as long as my current employer would agree to more or less fund my position for now. So, I'd switch employers but for the time being I'd do some of the same work I am doing now. Eventually I would be moved to other projects, once the work here slacks off.
This is all moving very fast (Joe is visiting the office next week and wants to get the ball rolling) and I am not sure if it's all kosher or not. Joe wants me to talk to my boss first, which seems risky because I don't think he knows I want to leave. How much should I be finding out from Joe right now? Should I be asking about salary and those details before I even talk to my boss? What do I do if my boss is not agreeable to this plan?