I am an employee on a six month contract with a firm of around 60 employees in the western US. My manager reports directly to the CEO, who owns the company. When I took the job, the expectation was that after the initial contract, there may be more part time work.
Towards the end of the contract, I asked to interview for a full time position and my manager said that both him and the CEO were very interested.
After several reminders, my manager arranged an interview with him (him only and not the CEO) and verbally assured me that I was in, and the question was more of how much to pay me.
Later that week, I received a written offer from another company for part-time work, and told my manager about it. My manager responded by saying that she would start writing the job description for my full-time role. After a few days, I asked my manager for a rough date for when I could expect a written offer, and she said she would respond with a firm date by the next day. The next day came and went. Over the next few days, I sent one reminder to my manager each day, which she ignored (I work remotely).
Finally, two days before my other written offer expired, I directly contacted the CEO asking about the full time role, explaining very politely that my manager is doing all she can, but was overloaded. The CEO responded by saying he would need to connect with my manager, and he couldn't promise anything by the deadline. I then asked the other firm for an extension, and they gave a very generous extension.
Shortly after I contacted the CEO, the manager gave me a call, apologizing for the delay. After I told the manager I obtained an extension, she said she would talk with the CEO tomorrow and get an offer a few days in advance of the new deadline. Tomorrow came and went, and I sent a reminder daily, my manager did not reply to my messages. The only time I managed to get a response about my hiring was during our Skype meetings, when she said she didn't manage to talk to the CEO but would be talking to the CEO later that day, and I would be the first thing that would be discussed. But nothing materialized.
Four days later, I contacted the CEO a second time. Shortly after this, my manager gave me a call, saying that I should proceed with the other offer.
The next day, the CEO unexpectedly joined a routine call with my manager. The CEO told me that I had pushed the issue too hard, and my manager told me that she mentioned before that I might not be able to meet my timeline. Both of them said that they were otherwise very satisfied with me. I personally am generally very happy with the company, except for this incident. The CEO verbally said that after my contract we should continue to work together with me in a limited role, and subsequently moving up to a full time position as the company expanded.
However, there were some troubling signs. During the phone call, nothing in our conversation indicated that my manager discussed my full-time employment with the CEO before I had contacted the CEO. In fact, the CEO said that my manager had told him (the CEO) that she (the manager) did not think I should have a full-time role now, only sometime in the future.
Very shortly, I'll be working part time for my new firm.
I am uncertain about whether I should continue to work with the firm if they extend a part-time employment offer, and if so, whether I should eventually seek full-time employment with them.
If I decide to continue to seek full time employment in the future with my current firm, how should I continue with this?
Besides this incident, the rest of my experiences have been very good and I like the firm a lot. The problem is that this incident is leaving a very sour taste.