I've found many questions on this site that relate to my question, and the overwhelming consensus is say nothing until handing in a notice - I would like to check if the circumstances behind why I'm asking this question change this.
I have a job at a very large company (>75,000 employees worldwide). I work as a Technical Project Manager and have done for four-five years quite happily. My job is very secure - I'm not at risk of being made redundant and I certainly wouldn't be fired if I said I was looking elsewhere. My partner lives in another country (which is a couple of hours drive for me) and after much discussion with her, I've decided to move down and join her.
I've been job hunting for a while and am in advanced interview stages with another company (having passed two interview stages already). It goes without saying there is no job offer yet - the final interview may fall through, in which case it could be another few months until I get a similar opportunity lined up.
In the last few weeks, a huge project has been lined up at a senior level in the company. At short notice, I've been put on an agile training course (which I've now completed - I was the only person asked to do this), and I've been told to move all my focus to this new project from Monday. To promote team spirit, all the relevant resources are being flown in from across the world for the next month, just to spend time with me, bond with each other and have me coach them in agile principles and start driving the work. The target is for me to lead this team and spread the teaching across the area.
My final interview with the other company is next week. Given the amount of money that is being spent on getting the resources in place for me to meet/greet and work with the new team, I'm feeling very uncomfortable. I could be handing in my notice next week. Alternatively I could be turned down in which case I'd stay in my role until I found another job.
My thoughts so far are:
- Don't tell employer
- Large company, their problem, they need to handle resourcing.
- Even if I hand in notice, I'm still there until the end of August, when I can give a proper handover.
- There's always another project around the corner, so this scenario could happen again and again.
- Tell employer
- Lots of money being spent to train me and get teams integrated with me.
- Don't want to leave bad taste with anyone, given I could one day return to this company as they're a big player in my sector.
- Good relationship with my boss.
- Saying I'm looking doesn't really damage me. I will still keep my job. I may not get this "big" project, but the rest of my work is pretty senior as well.
Does anyone have any advice to make me feel a little less uncomfortable!?