So I have been job hunting. The job I had was ok in certain respects (I.T. in a casino), however I was way underpaid.
My boss had been promising for a long time (think at least two years) that he was going to get me a promotion and a raise.
I had been doing some school and got married so I didn’t want to change jobs so I put off job hunting. Well, I got married and didn’t have any school going on so I put up my resume.
I got one interview for a network job. I didn’t get the network job (really need to learn BGP, the one thing I didn’t know but they really wanted for the position) but they offered me a sys admin job. With a 30% increase in pay.
So I tell my boss. Put in my two weeks. My boss asked me if I was dead set on leaving or would I accept a counter offer.
I said that I’d think about a counter. Hey, bidding wars can be a good thing.
My boss took a few days and we had a meeting last week.
His counter offer?
They *might *open a new position with a 10% increase in pay and I would be able to interview for it. And it *might *happen within the next year.
Somehow I managed to not blurt “What the fuck? Are you insane?”. I told my boss I had to discuss it with my wife. I went out to the car and laughed. Then I called my wife and explained. She got pissed.
So today my boss asked me what my decision was. I informed him, quite politely, that I had to decline as ‘mights’ aren’t good enough.
He took my keys, my ID and I am now unemployed. Until Monday that is. I do get paid for the rest of the week and all my vacation pay and comp time. This is, by the way, standard practice as I had access to a ton of sensitive information. Additionally, I could have taken down the whole damned network and brought three casinos to their knees. Of course, I wouldn’t do that. Not my style.
Now, the casinos is fucked, at least for a while. I was the only person who knew the network. I was the only one who could do network config. I was the only one who really knew the SANs (Storage Area Networking). There is more but I don’t feel like listing it all. I was the one who got shit done.
As an example, we recently upgraded the SANs at two properties. I was to be in charge of both but I was getting married during the first upgrade. When I came back I found out that the upgrade went 8 hours over and wasn’t fully completed. They didn’t finish the main point of the whole damned thing, expanding the drives so the systems had more storage. Additionally, the cabling was jacked and it was, and still is, a giant fucking mess though I fixed the drive issues.
I ran the second upgrade. We finished four hours early, the rack was cable managed and we even did additional failover testing that wasn’t scheduled because it went so fast and smooth.
The funny thing is that my boss thought he was givng me good advice. My boss is a nice guy, but he ran smack into the Peter Principle. He has been giving me ‘management advice’ for a while now. Sadly, he doesn’t seem to get that his management isn’t very effective. He gets things done, but barely. His projects are stressfull because they always slide into a giant fucking mess. We got through but only barely.
Now, I am a bit freaked. Starting a new job is always a bit stressful. More to learn and you never know how it will go. I am sure all will be well but that little nagging worry is still there.
And I am pretty damned insulted by the offer my last job gave me.
Oh well. They’re fucked.