Oh, this was my thread originally?
Turns out I did get outsourced, worked for $LargeTelco (Think “Death Star”) for about 9 months, and had an offer to stay on longer that would have included no more money, less stability, and a mandatory drive to an office 45-60 minutes away where they would probably have no idea who I am or why I’m there. Also, same boss.
It was originally a 3 month deal, then extend to 6. Then a further bump to 9. I only took the last one to get past my wedding, as I thought it would suck to be on the honeymoon while unemployed. I still and to deal with being scheduled “on call” despite a condition of taking the last extension being the time off being guaranteed.
I was out of work for three weeks as it turns out, which is nothing. Ironically, have the almost same drive, but at least they know me at the new office. It’s not perfect, but it’s great experience and I feel like I’m actually listened to a little, at least.
It’s a year contract, and I’ll probably be unemployed again right before me and the wife’s next big trip. (Honeymoon was Disney World… 1st Anniversary will be a cheaper, delayed trip to Disney World. 2nd anniversary will probably involve staying home and throwing things at each other or something.) (Don’t panic: we’ll probably just throw pillows or soft dog toys.)
I almost got to tell my old boss my final determiner for not taking the $BigTelco job was that it was essentially competing with itself:
Offer 1 was $BigTelco and would require driving to Office X 2x a week for no reason, Office Y (that I worked at for 16 years) “as needed” and working from home. Pay was the same as Offer 2, with an expected job length of anywhere from 3 months to infinity, although it got less likely the longer it got. Rumors suggested it was not a long-term viable option.
Offer 2 was also from $BigTelco, and was the severance package. Essentially, I was paid to do nothing I didn’t want to do for about 6-8 months. No commute, no responsibilities. Also, guaranteed. Benefits sucked, I admit.