A few months ago I joined a consulting company that's amassing a pretty good reputation and I've been working on projects that generally last 3-4 months. I'm finishing up one project and starting another one that's pretty important to my company.
Meanwhile, due to our good repuation, I've been approached by several startups that want to have a chat with me. So far I told them that I'm busy with some projects and maybe I'll talk to them in the future. One even insisted a bit by offering some equity. Another one is our competitor that I use as a reference in one project I helped build.
My concerns are:
- Is it rude or otherwise unwise careerwise to be refusing opportunities left and right without even having a brief chat? Maybe deep inside I'm trying to be "loyal" to my company and deliver this project that seems pretty important to them and perhaps be "promoted" or something like that.
- I have some doubts about the future of my current company because lately some of our top employees are leaving for start-ups themselves.
- If my employer finds out that I've been considering other offers, it might ruin my chances of promotion given the small networking circle I am in.
Given all of these concerns, how should I respond to other job opportunities?