I have no idea if design services firm end game plan was me consulting at Cisco when they hired me. But I have now set a new record for shortest job tenure at 11 months. Since 3.5 months were mile down the street and last 7 months were in Cisco building I don't think it will reflect badly on resume. I just got returned to my old working environment and did well enough that Cisco and I decided to split up the money that used to go through two middlemen.
Old CEO is taking it quite personally that I am leaving but I am guessing people don't change jobs as easily in Ottawa as happens in Bay Area. My favorite line from meeting where he made counter offer was "If you had asked for money I would have given you raise", this is same CEO that called me at 5:30 am on an April Saturday morning and asked "Are you busy? Dave isn't here yet to take me to airport". I was still groggy so did not really have time to generate good response before I was interrupted due to Dave's arrival wherever CEO was.
I discussed counter offer with wife enough to get help with explaining situation to CEO. Her first suggestion was "we can still be friends", I countered with "It's not you it's me". She had already approved my letter of resignation as being good for not burning bridges, my direct boss Dave took it rather well, especially considering he takes a commission hit when I leave as well. But he knows the health insurance jerk around we have been dealing with the last 4 months has pissed me off and there was always a risk putting me back in work environment that I had been comfortable in for 20 years.
I now have 4 job departures in under 18 months on the resume, only other time I left a job voluntarily I was there 13 years. My average is really looking bad, but I think this latest stint is easily explainable and want to keep this job a while.
I do head to Las Vegas Thursday with some old co-workers but I am left wondering HTF did we end up going during a Star Trek convention. Would not have known except my cousin lamented not going on her facebook status.