I am about to accept a position in MetLife working in IT in Cary, NC. Need to move my family. Please help provide feedback since this is a BIG decision.
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WishUWell, I wouldn't assume that if MetLife pays for your relocation to Cary that his job is safe. I know several in that situation at MetLife who were laid off after a couple of years in Raleigh.
MetLife is moving many IT jobs offshore. When I began at MetLife in 2014, leadership's message was that offshoring wasn't working for them so they were bringing many jobs back onshore. But most of those leaders are no longer with MetLife, so the strategy again seems to be to offshore and outsource. I've heard senior leadership comment that the current CEO pays close attention to the stock price, so that should tell you something about his strategy.
My entire team and a couple others were outsourced spring/summer 2019. The Regional Application Development (RAD) silo seems to be the most inclined to offshore and outsource jobs; EI&A and EAD (Enterprise Application Development) seem to be less inclined–except anything that touches on mainframe, stay away!
I did not have a good experience and moved my family. I know several others who had the same.
I didn't like metlife in Cary at all. Quit after 4 months. I was in Compensation which I hear is the worst. Anyway the market in the area is robust if you need to make a change.
See https://www.thelayoff.com/t/XLl1kX1 .
If you are moving from a non-strategic location to a strategic one, that's a plus.
Why the down votes on the original post? Nothing negative there.
I'd say your decision should be based in part on your alternatives.
Can you stay at your current position and location? How does the future look there?
What's the job market like in your current location? Do you like your current location? Do you like North Carolina?
Does the new position look like one that might be sent to India?
Finally, will Met pay something toward relocation -- at least pay for the movers? If not, they might not have a long term interest in you.
Wish you well.
I would think long and hard. I have heard about several people who relocated for MetLife only to be laid off in a year or two. If you're willing to take that chance, GO FOR IT! Just keep your options open when you get to North Carolina.