I am an engineer in Germany and currently working for a consulting company.
Last summer, as I was involved in company X project but had a bit a free time, a colleague (from the consulting company) came to me asking for help to learn about a tool and method (that I master). This colleague was going to have a meeting for possibly entering a project at company Y, an needed to show his knowledge in this tool and method. I helped him for a few hours and luckily enough, he landed the project.
Last month he calls me, explaining that he has found a job, directly working for Y, in a different department. He is still finishing his notice period and has a very good relationship with his current manager at Y, who actually also offered him to continue his work in his department, but switching to work directly for Y, which he refused.
As the project that he is carrying on should continue, he had to find a replacement for himself, in the consulting company. At this moment he thought about me, and I talked with his manager, but we could not agree on travel/accommodation conditions, as company Y is based in a different city as the one I live in, and did not want to move in this context. I was this manager's first choice, and it is possible that he already had introduced my profile and name to the customer. Now none of us knows what happened, but it looks like he did not find anyone else.
A few weeks later, I noticed a new job opening at company Y, matching exactly the description of the project that I could have been doing through the consulting company. I applied immediately(almost 2 weeks ago), as it is kind of my dream job.
I later talked with my colleague, informing him of this job opening. I did not ask him to recommend me, or drop my name to the department manager.
I am wondering whether I should ask it or not. My 3 concerns:
- I guess that my colleague wants to keep a good relationship with his soon-to-be former manager (from consulting company), and I suppose that if this manager somehow gets the information that he tried to bypass the consulting company (for which I am still working), it might burn bridges for him
- For the same reason, I am concerned that it backfires at me
- If the manager of company Y (opening the position) already got my name through the consulting company, what would be his reaction f my colleague drops my name to him?
So I would like to have your opinion on what you think I should do (ask or not), and why. Thanks in advance, I hope it is clear enough.