Well the point of no return has passed for me. I have submitted my resignation here at my current job and have accepted a new position. I have turned in my 30 day notice at my current place and signed my lease papers for the new place.
Here's the skinny:
Without going into much detail, there have been a LOT of major internal issues here. This division of the company is in a state of flux, morale has hit rock bottom, other people are looking to leave as well. And it only looks like it's going to get worse. The head of our department looks like a condemmed man. Basically, my company is trying to fix what we feel are nonexistant problems and ignoring the ones we have been documenting for the last three years. Just a few of the issues are: 1) being held accountable for things that I have no say or control over, 2) getting lip service, but no actual support from the other departments, and 3) the Company toying with the idea of either offshoring this department to India (we are all wondering how they plan to efficiently run a logistics operation from over there...already all of their pilots, plans, and options have failed spectacularly), or Chicago.
The impression I get is that the prevailing attitude from higher up is that "we don't care if your way works and our way doesn't. I have the MBA and the job title and I say you're going to do it my way...just because I can."
In other words, there are people who are desperate to 1) make a name for themselves and 2) snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Every one of us believe that this company is the Titanic right now and instead of steering to avoid the iceberg, they'd rather rearrange the deck chairs in an effort to look proactive.
Basically, we have given up trying and figure we'll let them let the train wreck.
I don't want to be on it when it does.
My uncle has been after me for quite awhile now to take on the responsibility of running the day to day operations of his trucking company. Ironically, I turned down this opportunity nearly 4 years ago when the Dotcom I was working for went under, instead opting to come here. He has been courting me to take it again. This time, I accepted. So in a way, I have come full circle.
In many ways, it was a very tough decision for me to make. On one hand, the company I am at now has a better retirement plan, stock options, and potential for relocation to just about anywhere in the world. His is just a small local outfit with only about 30 employees. And he's sole owner. On the other hand, the place I am going to is a family business. I will be getting groomed to take it over entirely eventually. I will be in a lot more control of day to day procedures than I am now. I will have weekends and holidays off, unlike now, which means that I will have a lot more time for a social life, which I struggle with now. Also, he will be matching the salary that I am making now. Also, being family, I will be getting some additional perks that would otherwise not be available to me.
Some people have tried to discourage me from taking this position, citing a potential conflict between work and family. I guess this COULD be a legitimate concern. But he is a smart man. And judging from his lifestyle and success, he would not be willing to hand over control of the company to someone he did not feel fully comfortable with. We have always had a close relationship. And I expressed these concerns to him. He doesn't seem to be worried about it.
Thing is, I have been, and will be very very busy until next month. I am already on my uncles payroll and working there on my days off to train while still working during my "notice" time here. So not only am I not having days off, but I am having to get ready for my move from West Orange County to Riverside.
I have been using a Company issued laptop all this time, which I am all but certain I will have to turn in on my last day (Feb 26). I probably won't have much time for Internet use at the new place for awhile. So I will have to break down and buy my own PC
This will mean that until I get settled in and buy the PC
, I won't have much time to be online.
I am excited but nervous at the same time. In a way, I am sad that I am leaving where I've been since 2000. Up until August of last year, I really did enjoy working here.
But after carefully weighing all the pros and cons to either staying or leaving (and as I pointed out, there are both advantages and disadvantages no matter what choice I make), I feel that making this change is in my best interests at this time.