Originally Posted by Grover
"high value" is pure bs. I'd go with the "take a day off, make like you are interviewing" route, but actually interview. They'll pony up the cash if they really need you. I've been through 2 reorgs..trust me, it's best not to be around. Either way, you are screwed. Update your resume, shop it to decent headhunters. Let them know your goals and start looking at the various career websites.
Well, frankly, my goal is to help put Hopkins on the podium next year, but somehow I don't think there's any way they're going to help me achieve that.
The reorg does not faze me one bit--I've been through three already, so I know what to expect. They reorganize quite a lot over there, about once every 18-24 months on average. Seeing as how it's a pretty low-turnover operation, they are just a way of life for everyone in the company. My coworkers and I are just too far down in the structure to be affected much by them.
Believe it or not, I'm not worried about getting a bigger paycheck. The job I was requesting would have had a potential for more money, it's true, but I would have gone in at close to my current pay level. It's not a bad level to be at, either: I'm still here, still riding, so I can't complain about that.
But there's another bit to it. For whatever reason, this particular "high-value employee" has been chained to desk work for the last eight months, doing a lot of administrative work and other non-jobs. That work sucks. The pay's the same per hour, but the satisfaction, the psychological paycheck, is just about nil. I don't mind working in an office, which surely does have its advantages about 2/3 of the year, but just sitting around and writing up procedures to regulate how employees should stir their morning coffee just isn't going to cut it.
I just wish there was more employment in my field around here. About all there is is my current employer, and the contractor to my employer. Anything else would involve moving pretty far away, and that would mean pulling up a lot more roots (including this one that I'm writing on right now) than it's worth right now.