My meeting with my old boss' branch manager was today and surprisingly it went VERY well,... in fact, it might have gone a little too well. :P Now I'm more confused than ever. :P I went in with the notion that I loved my current job and would probably not leave it, but I thought I owed it to myself to find out a bit more about the job before totally dismissing it.
Well, I went in and the branch manager told me how their company views things like promotions (it's based on hard work and achievement rather than senority like most places) and gave me their management philosophy (which is a gentler approach to management - where strengths are recognized in each individual and cultivated in each person so that they are more of an asset to the team.) In short, I LOVED what I heard. I left with a much better impression of the job (and the company) than I had when I went in.
Once I got back to work, I got a call from my former boss, who said the branch manager excitedly took him aside after our meeting and told him that he really wanted me to be on his team. He told my old boss that he knew I had reservations about the job because I'd been with my bank for 10 years and he could understand that but he asked my boss to call me to try to convince me to take the job...
On the other side to this, because now I was even more confused than ever (having come back from that great meeting), I decided it was time to talk confidentially with one of my current bosses (the one I always confide in). I told her everything and pretty much expected her to say that it was my choice to make and that I'd have to weigh my options. Instead, to my surprise, she asked me to stay and asked me what it would take to keep me there. She asked me about pay (though that's not a huge issue with me - I'd much rather get paid less and love my job and the environment than have a larger paycheck). She also addressed a few of the concerns I had with my BIG boss (who I felt doesn't treat anyone right at times) :P
Of course, after everything was said and done today - I'm more confused than ever. I can honestly say that I have NO IDEA what to do about this. :P On one hand, I love my current job, my co-workers, and the atmosphere in my office is one that I look forward to each day. :) But on the other, who could pass up this opportunity to grow and possibly develop into a higher management position in a seemingly nuturing environment with excited people all around me?
I have to call the branch manager back by next week to let him know if I'm interested in the job. I have no idea what to do and at this point I can't see anything happening between now and then that will be any help in making my decision. :P
Thank you all for putting up with all of my work posts lately. I know that I'm extremely lucky to have even been given such wonderful opportunities. I do want to make sure that my decision is the right one for me since it'll impact the rest of my life. :P Any thoughts or words of advice would be greatly appreciated. :)