You may recall my angst-ridden departure from $STARTUP_COMPANY to $PHARMA_COMPANY and my subsequent reversal a year later.
That turn around has had it's ups and downs as you might imagine. The up: working with old friends again. The down: they all quit $STARTUP_COMPANY within 6 months of my return.
Our company is really struggling - despite being 6 or so years old, we still aren't self-sustaining and we're having a lot of trouble hiring anyone to fill the holes in the software team.
And, yet, when the offer came, I told them no. Another small start up, only 10 or so employees, a chance to work with old friends on $INSANELY_COOL_TECH_WITH_MILITARY_APPLICATIONS and a chance to work with $MINOR_GEEK_HERO_FROM_THE_DAWN_OF_THE_COMPUTER_AGE I just couldn't find my comfort level with them. My wife felt (I think) even more anxiety than I did about the possible change, so, I had no choice. Today I sent the other company an email:
After serious consideration I have decided to regretfully decline your job offer.
While I am certain that $STARTUP has a great future, and I would enjoy working with $FRIEND1 and $FRIEND2 again, I feel that it's important to me, personally, to finish the work I'm doing with super computer clusters; I just don't feel that I can abandon all the work I've done over the past few years.
I'm sincerely sorry to have to tell you no - but I feel that it is the best thing for myself and probably for $STARTUP as well.
What do you think? Did I strike the right note?
Have you ever turned down a job offer?
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