I work for a software company. I started as an "analyst", but in my spare time developed tools and applications that were then used by my coworkers, then within the company. I then got promoted to my current role which consists of doing what I was previously doing during my spare time.
As word continued to get out about the contributions I was making to the company, some higher ups within the company got together and decided that I should probably be working as a 'software engineer', and had me interview with managers from different software engineering groups within the company.
The interviews went well for the most part, though I felt that in most cases the managers (and I realize that maybe it's all in my head) had little interest in hiring me and bothered with the interviews mainly because their bosses told them to interview me.
Feedback from the interviews was that, overall, the managers were satisfied with my technical knowledge but expressed concern with my ability to fit in with the rest of the team given that most of the work I've done has been solo.
In the end, one of the managers agreed to take me as a 'software engineer', but with the caveat that there would be some sort of testing period during which it would be determined whether it would make sense to have me continue working as a software engineer or to find me a different role within the company.
To be honest, given the lack of enthusiasm from the people I'd be directly reporting to, I'm not even sure I want that role anymore. I feel like I'd be working for people who don't believe in my ability and who will be waiting for me to fail. And maybe they are right; I have been solving problems on my own and doing things "my way" for as long as I've been writing code and perhaps they noticed personality traits that indicate that I'm not the kind of person who thrives in a 'team' environment. Yes, the people above those people are rooting for me, but they are not the people I'd be dealing with on a daily basis.
However, even the people within the company whom I trust the most have made it clear that accepting this promotion is the right thing for me to do and that not accepting it or going in a different direction will likely be significantly less beneficial for my professional career.
Probably so, but if I am going to be miserable, feel alienated, and lose the energy that has allowed me to get so much work done in such a little amount of time, is refusing the promotion / transfer a reasonable decision or would it ultimately be detrimental to my career and my future with this company?