Short and sweet version.
1. In 2 weeks I will be the ONLY Web Developer at my company (300+ employees - Newspaper)
2. We created an amazing system which management never gave us time to document.
3. I have decided to leave the company as well since they refuse to pay anywhere near the average for the area (we get 40k-50k a year LESS than what is the average, and we are way beyond average).
4. Without us they are left totally in the dark with this system and NO help.
Q.1 - How do I handle the obvious anger which will well up if they get desperate and offer me the pay range which is average and they should have done in the first place? No way I'm staying. I am frustrated and fed up with it all, so I have to really bite my lip.
Q.2 - When I am gone (likely very soon) how should the other Web Dev and I handle it when the company calls us up and pleads for help?
We obviously charge them for contract work at that point, if we even do help. But what if we just don't want to? Kind of a "sorry - should have paid us a fair wage before and you wouldn't be having this problem, I'm busy with other things now."
Yet, I would greatly appreciate any future references (which would be amazing) provided we help. Sort of a darned if you do and darned if you don't situation.
Almost an unsaid blackmail thing. Help or you'll get a bad reference next time a future employer calls sorta thing. God forbid we charge a fair contract wage, else we a bleeding them dry and goodbye reference.
What to do... any advice?
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