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This is a fine pickle

I've gotten myself into a precarious situation at work. I work within the formalized IT organization, and rather enjoy what I'm doing. However, I haven't gotten any sort of inkling that there are promotional options available to me unless I drop being techy. These lead positions with no authority have been dangled for me before, and I've turned them down every time because there is no authority and it's not technical.

Well, a few weeks ago, I was presenting something at a group called the "Technology Peer Team". Basically, there are organizations within the business that do some IT functions, mainly because they focus on the specific needs of the clients versus the overall IT infrastructure. They are specialists, whereas we are generalists. Well, at this meeting, one of the people whom I've known for years came up to me and asked what my title was, and if I was interested in coming back into the business versus staying in IT.

Yesterday, I sat and talked with this person to discuss the position. The position that this person has is currently at a pay band lower than the one I'm in right now. The position itself is not a direct techie position, but one where having the techincal experience is the main thrust in being able to match client needs with technology. Interested, but takes me a level away from my technical roots. There is also an interesting asect that advancement opportunities would be either managerial within the team, or somewhere else technically.

I have no doubt that I can do this job, but there's no way I can even consider it at the lower payband. At the same payband, it's a lateral move, and I don't think there is enough benefit to me to do that. At a higher payband, I'd have to think. However, the is one person I think would be good for the job. However, he's not eligible yet, because he's with the outsourcer and this is only posted to company employees. I told this person that name, and we agreed to talk to each other if anything changes, including paybands.

I got a call from this person today. Now, we've been playing phone tag, but I'm wondering if the payband changed. I don't seriously think that going to this position would be in my best interests period. I somehow would like to use this to pressure something to happen within my current organization -- something so that I can get a different job title than the one I've had for the last 8 years. Yes, through several different jobs reporting to different managers, I've maintained the same job title and payband. This needs to change.

I hate to say that part of this is because I see others reporting to different managers getting promotions to Sr.'s and Leads, but that's really the truth. My manager really thinks I should be persuing a non-technical career path, and therefore that's all she offers me. I have made it abundantly clear that I want to stay technically focused. I think that has caused constirnation with my manager, and could be why there is no talk of a Sr. position. So somehow, I'd like to broach the topic with my manager that I do have this offer and would like to turn it down...but I'd really like a Sr. position. That's so against every fiber in my person to do though, so I'm having difficulty figuring out how to do that.

*sigh* I hate office politics.



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Jun. 20th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
see, why you always got to be in some kind of drama?!
Jun. 20th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking the same thing... yesterday he says he's boring but lookee here.
Jun. 20th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
I am boring. This isn't stuff you sit and mention to someone you haven't seen for almost a year. Changing jobs is. =P
Jun. 21st, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
It doesn't speak wonderfully well of your company that non-technical positions are necessarily paid better than technical ones. If there's really no place more technical to go then, as much as job-searching sucks, you might really want to reconsider your future in the company if there's anywhere which would suit your skills and experience better... :-/
Jun. 21st, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
Perhaps I didn't represent this well. IT jobs within our company typically are well paid. The IT functions within the business aren't so well paid, but the managerial positions are back to being well paid.

The other part is, frankly, this company took me in straight out of college, and took care of us when our contracting company went bankrupt (a story for another day). While I know the company won't necessarily have any loyalty to me, I do have loyalty to it.
Jun. 21st, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
I think you've got the right idea.

Why not try to find out why your manager feels that you should be looking at a non-technical career path? At least you could find out why your manager keeps trying to send you down that path.
Jun. 21st, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
My manager just thinks that I would do a good job leading. She's said so to me in so many words. While she appreciates the technical experience that I bring to the table, she thinks my future is in management and wants to groom me.
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