I know similar questions have been asked before, but I think this case is particularly complicated, so some advice would be extremely helpful.
Back in early December I accepted an offer from company A, with which I had also interned during the sumemr. Now, I have recently been in contacted by company B, which offered me the possibility of working on something that is a better fit to my background, and after a couple of meetings actually offered me a position. However, this position is conditional on receiving a satisfactory reference from A, which doesn't know I intend to leave.
I see two possible scenarios:
- Talk to B, explain the situation and check whether they're ready to see a not particularly glowing reference from A, despite the fact that after working there as an intern I got a permanent position (so I wasn't that bad after all). If B appreciates and understands the situation, then talk to A and say I'm leaving.
- Talk to A first and say I'm leaving, then talk to B and explain the situation. However, this leaves open the possibility that B may declare they're not ok with the reference from A, which would leave me in an undesirable situation.
Is there a better/safer way to handle such a situation?