TLDR: Is it a good idea to accept job offer from an employer's client, after I resigned to join another company.
I work at an IT consultancy as a project manager.
I am leading a large IT project for a well funded startup. This client came to us because they know me, they worked with me few years ago on another project. They are super demanding and will push the team hard. I have a love/hate relationship with them, I enjoyed their vision, passion, and drive to make disruptive products but I hate the long hours and lack of personal time while working with them.
I worked with my current employer for 5 years now and was promoted 3 times. The promotions gave me better pay. However, I am not satisfied with the work I am doing, the truth is I have never been satisfied. I always wanted to be an architect, I have studied for 9 years to one day become one. Two years ago I passed the AWS certifications, now I upgraded it to the highest one.
Strangely, I am now also very interested in project management. I recently joined one of the best business schools in the country to attend night classes. I was slowly accepting my new role.
However, last week I got an unexpected offer from a good company. They want me to join as an architect. I was super excited, I didn't ask for a hike but they still gave a small hike.
I informed my company. They unwillingly accepted my resignation and a bit of back and forth.
When the client heard about this, he called and made me an offer. He owns another company with specialises in proving high-end consulting to big companies. Honestly, this is a dream job and pay is far better.
The problem... I will end up managing the same project. I will become the client's representative to my current employer. I am afraid things will get complicated. Will I be seen as a "traitor"?
Also, I am afraid maybe this is a temporary measure by the client, I asked and he said it is not the case.
The client also promised that he will get written permission from my company for me to join him from my employer so that there will not be any legal issues.
1) Do I take a big risk and go to client. They know me and value me.
2) Do I go to the new company and start fresh. I will have to earn everyone's trust and respect.
And to make things more difficult to choose. COVID-19 is causing a new recession.