Today, I quit my current grpahic design job because I was getting a better offer. My current boss also agreed to pay higher, but I chose growth over salary. But I made a mistake, I broke a promise. Yesterday, I told my boss that I'm not joining the new company, I'm staying with you since you'll increment my salary.
Actually, I when I told my current boss about quitting, he asked the problems for quitting. I told him the I'm doing all the stuff in 3-4 hours of 8 hours working. Rest of the time is going waste somehow (I used to create future content in spare time but that also didn't seem quite right because nobody knows what works in future what not).
Moreover, my boss told you can also do the work which your colleague does. But the thing is, it seemed like my colleague is not ready to give me any work, not because I can't do it, but because he feels he'd go in similar situation i.e., spare time. So he often avoids whenever I requested him for even simplest works.
But somehow they (1-2 colleagues) often comment/felt like you don't have much work to do; you're sitting free for 2-3 hours OR we'll give you the work when it is worth you.
Third, I personally felt my design sense is better than my colleague. I would often see basic design mistakes in his work. He'd also like my feedback. Of course my senior was better at problem solving, but I felt my creativity is going useless. All I was doing was non creative work. Nothing creative.
Whenever I tried to make a design little creative (and not a copy of someone else), he'd say you're wasting time, it's too difficult to do, it's very time consuming, just copy it etc.
My boss was unaware of it, but seeing that my senior is very valuable resource to my boss, he'd definitely take side of him. So I didn't discuss all these things but I told him in a single sentence :
I don't see my time is being utilized properly here, I'm not doing any creative work (some conversation is already discussed above).
So he increased my salary and said we'll fix these problems. But I guess he thought increment would solve my problem. Because he's financially good.
Suddenly after coming home I thought for one day again. I somehow knew that even if I would discuss the entire problem, even if my boss would say my senior to give me work, my relations with my colleagues would become bad, because they already were not very professional with me.
I thought a lot about it, thought about last 2 months of work, how things went, what did I learn, how I was treated.
So finally next day I broke promise (there's was no written thing, only verbal). At this, he got little frustrated (Actual words he said: "You know what it's pathetic". He also said I'll make sure you don't get any job in your career), because he didn't want me to leave. He thought money would stop me.
I said sorry to him. I almost cried. 15 minutes later I again talked to him and again apologized for quitting. This time he said he was also frustrated, but here you could grow more. You'll face a lot of problems in switching to new company.
I respect my boss. I also told him so. I said thank you and quit without notice period of 15 days because he said leave immediately. I even offered to him that I can do a bit freelance work for him because it's not much time consuming, to somewhat compensate this experience, to which he denied that a lot of people are applying for job here. You're not alone.
Most importantly, I have already done March + half of April months complete work so they won't have any issue. So in terms of work, they didn't lose anything immediately, but what hurt him I broke my promise.
Personally I feel a made a good decision, because I wasn't being treated well in all aspects. I also knew my worth is more than current job, in terms of salary and creative work. I'm also planning to get married at end of this year, so I wanted to be stable.
I'm not sure about the new company's future experience, but they have a larger team, little big clients and lot of and lot of varieties of work, holiday benefits, which I always wanted.
Given all that, was this a selfish and immoral decision? Shouldn't I've hurt my boss by not breaking promise and not quitting the job?