I’ve just got back from the centre.
I mentioned I had a meeting (not an interview!) but a meeting with an ex-director of the firm I was at for 5.5 years. He left to join the no.1 ranked firm in its sector. We always got on, he’s a really nice guy. I know him much better than N, the guy whose job offer I have (verbally) accepted…
I met P and his Ops Director. We met for over an hour. I really liked their offices, their culture, their business, what they do, the fact they have an office in Manhattan and also Asiapac, and other parts of the world…
The meeting ended with them saying “what do we have to do to make you turn down the other offer”. I squirmed. Big time. I was hugely chuffed to be in this position but uncomfortable too, as this hasn’t happened before. I have, after all, verbally accepted the other offer. I haven’t signed anything, but I’ve verbally accepted and am due to start 27th Oct.
I’m in a right quandary. There is no doubt this ‘job 4’ is more senior than job 2, though salaries aren’t dissimilar. P had originally implied the salary on ‘job 4’ would not meet my expectations which is why I’d thought it was a non-starter from the outset. This meeting was for them to pick my brains, which I was more than happy about, to help them put a job spec together. But they’ve now said in no uncertain terms they want me to do the job. Thus, they are counter-offering to match or exceed the generous offer from the firm I’ve verbally accepted.
The perks of ‘job 4’ are better too – a £3k ‘personal training & development allowance’, daily lunch allowance, free food and drinks in the office (snacks, chocolates, fizzy drinks, etc), profit sharing. Very very high end. Lovely relaxed offices – sofas, wood panelling, old building, etc. I can’t describe it – it’s how I imagine Saatchi & Saatchi’s offices might look.
The ‘job 2’ I have verbally accepted is not an industry leader, instead it’s in the upper-second tier. It also doesn’t have offices abroad. Job 4 does have offices abroad and is ranked no.1. And I’m genuinely, and I mean genuinely, interested in what they do. It’s a bespoke type of consultancy and they service much of the FTSE100.
On top of all of this, I got out of our meeting (I was treated to dinner after our meeting in a rather nice restaurant nearby) – I got a msg on my voicemail from one of the agencies I’m on with saying one of the Big4 want to see me ASAP for a role I’d applied for. I have wanted to work for one of the Big4 in a long time so this is tricky. They want me to interview asap. Will try and arrange it for Monday.
I’m not complaining. It’s nice to have this kind of feedback, hugely good for my confidence. But I feel very big decisions are on the horizon and I need a really clear head. I will not feel that guilty about turning down job 2 as I’d only verbally accepted it. As C (my ex-colleague who also resigned from the last place) very clearly elucidated this evening by phone – job 2 was ‘a lifeline from a recent boss who felt guilty about hiring you into a job you loathed – job 4 is a role to which you’ve been actually headhunted; there is a difference.’
A big difference.