For the last three weeks, I have been waiting to hear back from Mitre. They sounded really interested in bringing me on board. I had mixed feelings about jumping ship (less leave, uncertainty, initially less challenging work versus shorter commute, learning environment, supposedly a great place to work for). Well, it's not going to happen.
Yesterday, the HR person called me on my cell (though I'd given her my land line number) to ask me if my salary was negotiable. Three weeks ago, they asked me what I wanted. I said that I wanted to make 6% more than I make now (since I expect to be getting some sort of raise in a couple of months, and I'd be losing nearly two weeks of time off). She said that they couldn't even offer me what I make currently. How would I feel about an 8% cut? ... Um, no thanks.
I am somewhat frustrated and concerned about some things in my current environment. However, I am not alone in my feelings. I am a valuable contributor (even if the CIO doesn't treat anyone like they're valuable). I have a pretty great direct boss now. I get paid really well, get great holidays, flexible sick leave, and four weeks of vacation a year. I'm fighting for a lot of operational/expectation things. I have a chance to win a few, I think. If push came to shove, I could probably maneuver myself into a non-IT job in one of our research groups.
Mitre would be a good next step on my resume. However, I'm only willing to compromise so much. Maybe they'll think of me if something closer to my salary range opens up. Maybe not.
For now, I'm content. The devil I know is not so bad this week.