Ok, i’m really not sure if this belongs here, but what ever.
A really good friend of mine recently moved on to a new company. We met at my current job, but due to my company not being able to accomodate a position he wanted, he moved on.
Now, he’s telling me to apply for a job at his new company.
For a little insight: I’m a system administrator in a 50 person company. I mostly work with linux servers, Databases/Analysis and internal IT stuff. Currently this involves 90% Webservers for customers, which isn’t really great, but better than working with Windows all day I can’t really see myself Doing this for the next 10 years or so though.
At the new company there is potential to move on to new stuff. Mostly Ansible and Optimization of existing systems as well as Creating workflows for colleagues. A bit more money might be involved too.
Now the problematic bit. I’m pretty happy with the people i work with. I never complained to my boss that anything wasn’t right. I’m the only one at this company that can do what i currently do. Because of this, i’d feel pretty bad for just leaving. I’m sure that my current employer can’t give me more “interesting” Projects, as we don’t have customers that want that. At the same time, i’ve gotten a lot of what i asked for in the past two years. New position (moved from Servicedesk to what i currently do), I work mostly by myself, and i’m getting decent recognition from my boss. They payed for LPIC Certification and i recently got a three day Docker training.
Going away feels a lot like leaving him hanging with no backup for a plan i don’t know works out.
I know that moving on in IT is common. I’m loyal though and leaving a company that’s giving it’s best to accomodate what i want to do doesn’t feel great. What would you do? Is a bit more money and the potential for a new challenge enough to say “screw it, i’ll never see them again”, or do i stay and try to get more into stuff i want to do in the future?