A bit over a year ago I left a business I had been with for a while for a more senior position in a studio about 25-30% the size of that organization. I feel that this is a fairly mainstream 'move' to step up in terms of responsibilities without having to wait in line forever. I guess this is a shortcut to fastrack one's experience and value...
And it has...
Recently, my former employer reached out to me willing to discuss terms if I was to come back, and they've made an offer that clearly accounts for that 'step up'. Though the job would require a bit less strategy, it pays decently well (still somewhat lower than what I'm earning but $ isn't all) and sounds like something exciting (the projects, particularly).
I've decided to inform my current employer that I was considering said offer. In the next 3 days, directors from all departments, including the President himself, came to me directly, devastated, and quite surprised that I would consider leaving, insisting that I was a cornerstone of their newfound success and though that feels overblown, I agree there has been tangible proofs of my contribution over the last few months.
During my chat with the president, he made an offer that I never imagined would ever happen:
On the spot, he offered me to write down my own job description, promised no overtime, and well, pretty much anything I would ask.
Now the organizations' projects are less in line with my direct field of expertise and interests, and I have a few reserves with how that startup is currently growing. I argued that I was seeing where they were headed and that I couldn't just tell them to adjust their business culture to circumvent these major 'troubles' that come with expanding (they'll have to bleed for this, no one changes direction unless they get burned), but still, just how often does someone offer to pay you generously to do a job you're writing down for yourself?
I've considered the job offer from my previous employer, which is safe and fair, and this new opportunity which is pretty much the best counter-offer you could possibly get, and after breaking the pros and cons, I'm at a loss on what to do. Several smaller items come in line (former job has less commute, some reputation, current job has a more human-level culture, deals better with 'people', grants a lot more freedom, etc.), but ultimately one question seems to trump it all: 'can someone really ever pass up an opportunity like this?'
I'm having trouble weighing the value of 'making my own job description' and it makes it hard to go either way...
Has anyone experienced something similar? What was your decision? Did you ever regret it?
I imagine I may not get many replies on this, but this community has surprised me more than once, so I'll be hopeful that someone can at least contribute something.