So the Weekly Recap that normally appears in this space is preempted by this important thinking out loud.
I was offered a job today. A very good job with the ministry of SolGPS. The issue is that I don’t know if I want to take it.
If any of my current co-workers are reading I want to say that I’m not out looking for other jobs. I applied for this job way back in September during my first week of working for Telus. I only applied then because it is a kick butt job and I was very new at Telus and didn’t yet even know anyone by name or have any assigned work.
Now it turns out that I quite like my current job. Really I have no complaints. It is also a kick butt job.
I’ve always said that three things make up a good job: interesting and challenging work, a good team and a good boss. Based on my recent years at Gov’t I need to add a fourth of corporate support for the work being done by your team. I have all of this at Telus. In fact, IPTV is key to their future growth plans in a way that no IT job will ever be key at the Gov’t. At SOLGPS the first and fourth will be true, the third will largely be under my own control and the fourth is an unknown (no person currently in the role). Regardless, those won’t be enough to make a solid decision.
Pros of saying with Telus:
- Interesting work in a growing IT segment (video traffic on the Internet is forecasted to grow to be well over 50% of all Internet traffic within the next few years.)
- The work is important to people – I’ve had more discussions with friends and strangers about the Telus service and comparisons with our competitors in four months than I really did during my over ten years with the Gov’t.) There is also pretty immediate feedback on whether you are being successful or not.
- There is good potential of advancement with Telus.
Pros of taking the SOLGPS job:
- The work matters. A successful deployment will actually have a positive benefit on the health and safety of Albertans.
- Gov’t comes with benefits – notably a health plan (currently only qualify for a crappy plan instead of a good plan) and a gov’t pension with disability benefits (although private investment may have a greater return than the Gov’t plan).
- I’m in on the second floor with SOLGPS (not quite the group, but pretty darn close). I’ll get to mold my team and the architecture.
- It is a technical architect position. Under career goals this is where I’d like to go…
- While not directly the thrust of the job, I will need to deal with the fastest growing segment in IT – namely data centre virtualization. That will be a big bit of the job and balances the coolness of the IPTV factor above.
Cons of staying with Telus:
- I’m only a contractor. I want to be full-time. I am pretty confident that is eventually coming, but it isn’t here now. Note also that the Telus benefits are pretty good and might balance somewhat the Gov’t benefits above.
- While it is a quickly growing IT segment, it is still a bit niche. I’m not sure where I can go with IPTV skills in Edmonton…
Cons of going to SOLGPS:
- Well I’ve been burned once with Gov’t already. Once bitten twice shy.
- From what I have heard of the project some of the governmenty nonsense that is annoying to deal with is already rampant within this new area at SolGPS.
- I don’t know who my boss will be. Depending on how that shakes out that could end up being a big negative. (It is really just an unknown now. Not really a con.)
My inkling right now is to stay with Telus. But I’m worried that that is due to two factors: my own fear of change (quite substantial) and my sense of loyalty and indebtedness to Telus. Both are really horrible reasons for staying and I’m trying to ignore them and examine this objectively.
So gah. I’m not sleeping well tonight. I can feel it already.