I work in the public sector (US) in scientific research. I have been in my current position for over 10 years and have done well, working on challenging projects, developing good solutions, building strong relationships, cultivating new customers, and growing my skill set. My background is unique (I'm the only person in my division of ~3000 people with my education and training).
Over the past 2 years, I have been asked many times to support our sister organization, which also has no one with this background, in this unique area. My division strongly encouraged me to help our sister division, but to do it on my own time, which I was willing to do because the work was interesting and thought it was important to support. This work is the closest to my own background and training of anything I've done since I started working here 10 years ago.
I came to find out this week that the sister division is creating a new position to do the things that I am doing, but did not let me know about it because they have someone specific in mind, a person who doesn't even work for our overall organization. They did not post it on the internal position board, which is highly irregular.
The person who pushed to create the position (call them "A"), basically wants to hire their very good buddy (call them "B"), who has similar background as I do, but hasn't put in the time and effort that I have. B is very political and not only ignores a lot of the important technical stuff, B also cuts corners on other projects. If I were to continue supporting this effort, I'd be working with B, and I feel very uncomfortable with that.
Like I said, it's the public sector, so targeting a position for a specific person and not allowing for fair competition, is illegal. If I blow the whistle, I'd likely cause problems between our divisions because it would be my word against A & B.
Alternatively, I could apply for the position myself, but I'm pretty sure B is going to get the job because A has a lot of influence.
I figure I have 4 options:
- Do nothing, let this happen and deal with it.
- Blow the whistle.
- Walk away from the effort entirely.
- Apply for the position.
Is it worth it to apply, or should I chose one of the other options?