A year ago I started working as an app developer for a small start-up (backed by the gov.) I was the first employee and was asked to take full responsibility when developing the app, both when it comes to the tech and UX.
The contract that I signed contained no information regarding my areas of responsibility and no job description in general, considering that the company calls itself a start-up and the fact that they asked me to take full responsibility when developing the app I assumed that this was normal and signed the contract. After signing the contract the CEO congratulated me, stating that I was to be their (sole) Lead developer.
Now a year later, we have a successful app on iOS and Android, and we’ve also got a new CEO.
We’re in the process of finding a new app developer. I was told that when we do find one, we will “both work in parallel, on different tasks” and have “equal roles”, I don’t see how that could work, so I asked our CEO for a meeting with me and the old CEO. The old CEO denied that he once called me a Lead developer, and confirmed that the new developer and I will have equal areas of responsibility, at the same time confirming that I have the responsibilities of a Lead / Architect until the new developer has been hired!
I told my current CEO that I have a job offer from a huge company with lots of potential, the company is offering me twice what I’m currently making. Money doesn’t motivate me much, so I want to use this to negotiate a new contract with my current company. The CEO said that he will have to speak to the CTO about it.
It feels unfair and I’m a bit unsure about what to do. I have no problem finding a new job, but at the same time I really like my colleagues and the tasks at my current job. The new CEO says that they (the company) don’t want to have a hierarchy, but at the same time I want to have the technical responsibility for the project I have been working on for the past year.
It’s also worth mentioning that I have worked as a senior dev for over 10 years, so a transition to a lead role is something that I would like.