@Obsolesce said in How should you handle a potential promotion?:
@RandyBlevins said in How should you handle a potential promotion?:
Should I consider taking the new position of my pay grade stays the same?
I think this is one of the big questions.
Is the new role something you would enjoy more irrespective of a pay bump?
I'm not sure. It will be no more writing code and doing troubleshooting like I'm used to doing now. I will miss getting to do the technical work, but at the same time I won't miss working through the corporate labyrinth for millions of different things. Every time I need a firewall rule opened, kms key created, dns entry, ssl cert created , etc I have to open a ticket to another team. Every team is different and it's an annoying process. Much more annoying than doing those things myself, because if I don't give exact details on how to create what I need it isn't done right.
Oh and Monday access to manage compute instances dissappeared as our IAM team is constantly stripping permissions in search for true zero trust. It's great to try to achieve it, but man stuff breaks randomly and then I have to open a ticket, they close it a day later because it wasnt the right type of ticket, then I reopen again and they fix the issue finally after 3 days.
Or would the only enjoyment or benefit of the new role come from the pay bump and not the role?
Would the new role be worth more should you take the role for a year or two with no pay bump, but result in like a 20% base pay increase at a new company later? Maybe that would be worth it. Maybe the new role would give a slight pay bump at your current company, and lead to more bonus/equity/etc, and/or more pay raises there too.
Maybe. I'm paid very well for my current position. I spent alot of time targeting a specific salary that is higher than most for my role. It's very hard for me to leave and match just my pay let alone all the other factors that are nice to have in a recession like FTE, yearly bonus, paid training, conferences up to $10k a year, etc. Also, some very intelligent people at my company so I feel I can still learn.
What do other companies pay for that new role now? What might they pay in two years? Maybe in 2 years of having this new role, you could at a different company get hired at a higher level like Principal or similar, resulting in a few hundred $K more total comp per year.
I do job searches sometimes, and get alot of messages daily about jobs (many of them revealing salary). I've got to be on top 5% for pay I think for my role. FAANG and maybe some big time banks could do a little better, but overall I'm very happy compared to what I've seen being offered
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