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So I just recently resigned from my position as an IT manager. I will be starting my new position tomorrow. I believe I left on good terms with the president of the company. And I do not want to burn any bridges, as I would like to use them as a reference in the future.
When I resigned I offered to help out the next IT manager on evenings or weekends, as there is a lot to learn and he/she would not be hired before I left.
Unfortunately, the president hired my assistant to replace me. I was not consulted and I believe it was a bad idea. He is a smart guy, but he does not have the knowledge or experience to do the position. I believe she hired him because he can be paid a cheap salary. They are a very cheap company. But that's irrelevant.
The day after I resigned, a pipe burst in the server room and destroyed several important servers. Fortunately, I have the data backed up remotely, but they are down for now. He has been calling my asking for advice for the last two days and I know its going to happen some more until they get this resolved. I'm so glad I was out of there before this happened.
I want to help out, since I said I would. But I don't want to do it forever. I want to keep a positive relationship with the old company. I also want to keep a positive relationship with my old assistant, as I consider him a friend.
The problem is, how do I maintain these relationships? I have a bad feeling that they/he will continue to call me asking for help and advice.