Why don't companies want to keep their best and brightest?
So I am reaching the end of grad school and recruiting season is in full swing. I feel pretty confident that I am going to get an offer from my top pick and frankly probably my second favorite as well. Both are fantastic opportunities with great companies and ones that I am a perfect fit for. I will have first round interviews done by the middle of this month and then next month, if I make it past round one, they will fly me out to their respective corporate headquarters for the final interview.
This is amazing right? I am being pursued by these great companies that are offering tons of money and positions that I really want where I can excel and really be an asset to the company.
The problem? Where the hell is my current employer in all this? I made it clear to them up front that they would be my number one option after graduation if they gave me the promotion I would like. I wasn't kidding with them either. I know the business inside and out, I know the corporate culture, and I have been a model employee for 16 years. Far from them making an effort to keep me on, it almost seems as though they are making an effort to push me out the door. This is a Fortune 500 company. They have all the resources in the world to make me happy. I am easily the most qualified person in the company for the role I want and could really make a positive impact, yet I don't hear a thing.
I see this same thing over and over. My school advertises that something like 98.5% of graduates will get promoted or take a new job between the start of the program and 3 months after graduation. I think this is likely true but the number of people staying with their current company seems to be an extremely small number. In fact, for the people staying with their companies it seems that most are doing so because that company footed all or a good portion of the bill for grad school and they would have to pay it back if they leave. Even in those cases the people still plan to leave when that time is up because instead of getting a promotion to try to keep these driven individuals that tried to better themselves, the company will use this strangle hold they have to not promote these people and try to wring every last bit of productivity out of them while they are being held captive. That doesn't seem like the best way to go about this. Why pay for school if you don't plan to utilize the employee in the future? Most companies seem to structure it so you almost always come out better if you jump ship.
When I started this little education adventure I figured the chances were very good that I would stay with my company. Now as it moves closer to the time where I will be getting offers, it seems like the chances are extremely slim. It seems sad that I have to start over somewhere else to get what I am worth.
Anyways, that is my little rant. I am sure there are exceptions out there but from where I stand it looks like they are extremely rare. It just seems like corporate America could do better.
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Last edited by 44Runner; 10-02-2019 at 05:09 PM.