So for the past two years I had been working an acquisition/concept refinement sort of thing. The government gave my team, and a team from another company a "study" contract to design a new system. Then we were to write a proposal and they would choose which contractor to go with based on the combined proposal and study results.
Well, we were recently informed that we were not selected as the winner. This sucked because we worked for two years on this thing and now we are done. But that's the game we play and we don't win them all. I was seriously bummed because the project was damn cool, and I would have loved to see it through.
Anyway, in a mad scramble to find people on the teams new jobs, the managers in charge were supremely lazy and just threw us on any old project. A handful of us already had accesses to a certain other project in the building and without bothering to check to see if that would be a good fit for us, they just said "go work that". OK fine... So I go work that project. And in the very first hour I was there I realized I wanted absolutely nothing to do with this.
I happen to know that there is another project in the building that needs people. However nobody from my project was cleared to work that one. That said, I happened to contact one of the hiring managers at that project and said "hey... got anything for me?" The answer was a resounding yes. The trouble with that is that the hiring manager I contacted was my wife (if it isn't obvious we work at the same company in separate areas). And the work they need help with is the kind of work she has control of from a management perspective.
Anyway... So knowing my wife can't hire me for obvious reasons we go to her manager and he says of course he wants to hire me and gives me a choice of two jobs.
One job is "close" to what my wife has control of but not exactly the same thing. But we would end up working together more often than not. The other job is a bit farther away from what she does, but is not AS good a fit for what I am currently good at but is related to stuff I have done in the past.
So I have a strange choice to make.
* It's what I am good at.
* I would be able to stay at a relatively comfortable workload and likely keep myself to 40-45 hours.
* Low amount of travel
* It's very close to my wife's area and we would have to work together on some things. That's not really something we are good at (we worked together in the past and it was not a great situation)
* Low exposure to the customer
* It's not THAT interesting work
* It's kinda interesting stuff
* It's farther from my wife's area so we would end up with only minimal direct interaction
* Lots of customer visibility
* I only have limited experience doing this type of job. It's not NO experience, but I am certainly not 100% awesome at this (yet... I would learn reasonably quickly).
* Much more travel
* Likely more hours than I really care to put in
Both jobs come with a promotion and raise (pay would be the same for both)
I am leaning towards job 2, but that would be a big risky gamble as I am less experienced with that stuff and I would be expected to be the expert pretty quickly. But I like the idea of the greater visibility. And I think I am willing to accept the added hours and travel. But that said there is something to being comfortable too and Job 1 would be comfortable.