by Chris Major, IBM
Edward Wu left IBM for the chance to try something different.
Along with an increase in his annual salary, he saw an exciting opportunity to move to a new industry and to experience a new corporate culture. Edward relocated from Shenzhen to Guangzhou and spent approximately one year with his new company, a major international player in the Food industry.
However, even though he was employed in a similar IT role, IT delivery was not a key focus of his new organization. He could sense subtle differences almost immediately. As time went on, these differences in service delivery became more prominent. The high level of professionalism and dedication he was used to seemed to be missing at his new company. IBM, he felt, just “did things better”. The structure and support he enjoyed at IBM were also gone, which he felt contributed to a less focused, less productive working environment. Not an ideal situation for someone ambitious in their career.
The opportunity to grow, both professionally and personally is important to almost everyone. In fact, this was the driving force behind Edward’s move to his new organization. The difference in company size, though meant that the scope he experienced at IBM to move and try new things was smaller now at his new company. He began to question what all this might mean for his personal development in the long term.
Edward’s new workmates were friendly and helpful, but he started to miss the working environment at IBM. For someone who is stimulated by new challenges and ideas, Edward felt he was missing out. Overall, he was getting paid more, but felt he was enjoying his working life less.
During his time away from IBM, Edward had remained in contact with his previous manager. He was approached by this manager when a suitable role came up at IBM and was asked whether he would consider a move back to his old company. Edward agreed, driven by a desire to further his career and start learning again from people he considers to be the “best at what they do”. He soon joined IBM in a similar role to the one he had before he left, and within 9 months had progressed to a managerial role in IT security. Now over a year back at IBM, Edward still cites these same reasons for coming back – People, Opportunity and Professionalism.