I never thought I'd be writing for advice, but we all need it sometime.....
I'm a contractor. I work for the government. When I started here, we were told that we 'were hired to clean up a mess', and boy what a mess it was. We worked our buns off and got a lot of it cleaned up and organized. For the record, there are two gov't employeed and two contractors on our 'team'. In the bigger team, there is a mix also, of gov't people and contractors. Obviously the head honcho is a gov't person.
Over the last 2 years, the whole department has been changing. It appears to me that they are slowly working to turn us into an 'us and them' situation. Contractors are slowly losing privileges, and gov't folks are becoming more and more powerful. We no longer work together as a cohesive team, because contractors have to ask permission from the gov't people to do anything of importance. Some days it's a never-ending struggle just to get the normal work done. I just found out that yet another meeting has been 'closed' to contractors. I don't feel like part of the solution anymore, even though I *know* I am. Does that make sense? (For what it's worth, even my boss (the gov't guy) thinks it's ridiculous and counter-productive)
But, before you think it's all bad, it isn't. Yet. There are some customers who LOVE LOVE LOVE me and would hate to see me go, mostly because I'm one of the very few folks who actually takes care of them competently. (like us, their departments are a mix of gov't and contractor, but not as 'strict' as our dept). As for the contract company I work for, it's LOVELY. The pay is good, and the benefits and perks are awesome. On top of that, my shift is excellent and my commute is a dream. I'd hate to leave this company. Problem is, there isn't another job available in my field where I could stay with this company and just move to another contract, so if I'm going to get out of this environment, I'd have to change companies. I've been working in this particular field for 28 years, for many many companies, and the only other company that was this good is long gone. *sigh*
So that's my question: Excellent company, bad working environment. What do I do? I've been entertaining offers, but so far none of them are worth my while. My resume is out there.