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Currently, I am working in a nice position within my field of study as a temporary worker. It has been discussed multiple times that my direct supervisor would like to bring me on full-time, and it sounded like the local HR personnel would as well, but the company just got recently acquired by a world-wide corporation. Now, all of the hiring decisions are done through the HR department at the corporate level.

My local direct supervisor has contacted his supervisor at corporate as to if/when I will be brought on full-time but they have yet to respond with an actual answer. My contract through the temp agency with this company expires end-of-day 10/31/2013 (in 29 days)!

Is it acceptable for me to approach/converse with the person at corporate that is technically my boss in the chain of command, or should I continue to rely on my local supervisor to take care of this situation?

  • Technically, yes. My supervisor and I are on two different corporate teams, he's on the System Administration team, and I'm on the support team. Locally, we're the only two people to support 3 buildings worth of technology. My actual boss (on the corporate side) is in charge of the support team. – Kruug Oct 2 '13 at 19:37
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Executive Summary

First I would check with my supervisor to see what (if anything) is happening with the shift to full-time since there was the acquisition. If he doesn't know what the status is, I would send an e-mail to your boss and CC your supervisor to explain the current situation. You should cover the following:

  1. Your contract will expire
  2. There were discussions before the acquisition of taking you on full-time
  3. If the company is not interested, are they planning to renew your contract

Contract Expiration

Your new boss may not realize that your contract will expire, and may be expecting that your local office is taking care of it. Acquisitions can be busy times, and the impact to you if it expires is much larger than the impact to your boss (who it sounds like you've never even met).

Changing to Full-time

Because of the acquisition, your boss may not know your contract status, let alone that you are interested and had discussions about coming on full time. By letting the boss know what your interests are, you give an additional option for how to deal with the contract expiration.

Discussing Renewal

Regardless of whether they offer you a full time position or not, your contract will expire in just over 3 weeks. You need to make plans for what to do next, be it joining full time, continuing to work as a temp, or finding another job. It would be a good idea to also ask what the plans are for renewal if they cannot find you a full-time position for whatever reason.

Sample E-mail

I would write something like this:

Hey boss, I know things have been hectic with the acquisition. I wanted to let you know that my contract is currently set to expire on October 31st (in 29 days!). Before the acquisition I had been speaking with my supervisor and HR here about joining on full-time, but due to the acquisition, I don't know how I should go about discussing that as a possible choice from November.

Regardless of whether or not we can work out full time, I would like to know what the company plans are in regards to renewing my contract so that I can start the handover to my successor if it won't be renewed.

Just be sure to check with your supervisor beforehand, because if you send the e-mail while he/she's already working on it, your boss may be upset with him/her for not handling this sooner.

Resources

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Is it acceptable for me to approach/converse with the person at corporate that is technically my boss in the chain of command, or should I continue to rely on my local supervisor to take care of this situation?

It's acceptable for you to discuss this with whoever is the person who can actually hire you full-time. If that person is at corporate, talk with her/him. If that person is local, then talk with him/her.

It still might make sense to let your local supervisor know. This is at least a courtesy, since he has been trying to help you already. And when you indicate who you are going to talk to, he may still be able to offers some pointers or other assistance.

  • I would cc the person you were talking with once you start talking with the corporate contact. This allows that person to be on the same page. Since you being hired effects you its a reasonable expectation you would want to persue long term employement if the local staff have shown interest in doing so. – Donald Oct 3 '13 at 12:58

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