At what point is it worth burning bridges?
So a few weeks ago word had gotten around that I was interviewing for lateral positions and my group head ultimately found out. Apparently the MD who interviewed me at bank X was good friends with my group head. Rather than getting fired, the group head gave me a ~$15k bonus to stay and promoted me to associate on the spot. Im also being given a 2 week vacation next month. I'm at a middle market bank on the west coast and this was more of a symbolic gesture than anything since the other 3rd year analysts are being promoted this summer. Fast forward a few weeks, bonus has hit my bank account and my base is now $60k a year more and one of the banks I was talking to a month ago extended me an offer out of nowhere. I feel sick to my stomach knowing that I have the opportunity to move to a much more prestigious bank (/MS/ ) but at the expense of burning bridges with everyone I've spent the last 2 years building good will with. Full disclosure, I'm currently in IB and the new offer would be in IB but a less sexy group. Think investment grade / syndications. The role I'm in currently would pay me roughly $50k more this year but name brand is something my current firm lacks.
Would any of you have the balls to fuck over your current firm that's treating you well for a more recognizable name brand? I'm sure analysts screw their groups over all the time but at what point is it worth it?