I have around 5 yrs experience as a .net developer. I am from Bangalore, India. I was working in a start up company for 2.5 years. Then I switched my job to work in a product MNC. I was getting very good pay hike there. But I needed a change - something like onsite travel and exploring new culture, people, more money , etc.
My requirement was very clear. I would switch my job only if I get an onsite opportunity immediately. I was recently interviewed by a services company. It was an opportunity which involved travelling to Australia for 6 months to 1 year and then continue development offshore. I cleared all their rounds and even client round. I was made an offer which was not so good but around 20% hike than my current CTC. I did not negotiate much on salary since I needed onsite immediately. I joined this company a week back. Now this new company people are telling me that onsite project got cancelled due to some legal issues. Now they are asking me to take up a different project offshore which I don't want to.
I feel I am cheated by this company. I left my old company only because of onsite offer else I was very happy in my old company. I don't know what to do now. I feel I spoiled my career after having so much experience in this software field.
Should I again switch to one more product company which will give me very good hike leaving my dreams of travel? I got this opportunity after 1.5 years of long search since no company sends an employee onsite in 1month or so.
I am feeling very low infact I don't know how should I feel also (being very honest)
Secondly, I'm not sure if you should feel that 'you've spoiled your career' just because you haven't got any onsite opportunities (just my thought).
For onsite opportunity, you'll need patience. Yes, some people get onsite within their first year or so, and some people don't get for 5-6 years. And there's very little someone can do about it.
But think it from this perspective: In a team, there are 2 onsite opportunities and 6 people willing for it. They've been waiting for it since, say an year or so. Now, if you just join that team, from manager's perspective, he would make you wait a little, instead of hurting 4 resources from his/her team.
So, be patient, and you'll get onsite. Also remember that loyalty pays (at least in this aspect)
I don't get it. If you were "very happy" in your last company, why did you leave? A 20% hike is nice, but how important is that if you were happy already? Change always means taking the risk of the unknown. But it seems you learned something already: "no company sends an employee onsite in 1 month or so".
Thanks a lot for your answers.
I will change my name to my real name (sorry for using fake name) !
Today I had a discussion with my Staffing head and Recruitment head. They had called me for a meeting. They apologized saying it was something that happened at the last moment (business issue). They said I am free to take any decision and they will support it ( like joining some other company, joining old company, etc)
I asked them what they could do from their side. They are giving me assurance saying if they get any project which involves travel to Europe or Australia or UK , they will put my name on top priority. They feel it might take 2 to 4 months for a new project to happen. Till then they want me to work on some offshore project. I can choose any project which I want is what they are saying. They seemed to be quite honest in their talk.
Now what do you guys feel? Should I believe them or go ahead and search for a new job?
They have put me in a fix
Nobody here can possibly provide an answer to that. Too much depends on your focus and goals, and the specifics of the situation you're in - and about all these we know next to nothing. What's more, people here may have a hidden agenda you're not aware of. Asking strangers for advice on something as important as career decisions is just not such a good strategy.
Yeah right, if you are happy then why did you leave your ex-company. Sometimes if you put more expectation to something it will never happen. You should always review your decision so that you will not blame yourself.
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