Is the grass greener?

New / Eng RzOT50
Nov 16, 2018 18 Comments

I love the people that I work with, the perks are unmatched by most companies (especially under 100), and the WLB is very laid back. However, I am not being challenged and there are not likely to be any career advancement opportunities because turnover and growth are nearly zero in the engineering department.

So on the one hand I am frustrated because there is nowhere for me to grow and little chance to increase my responsibilities, but on the other hand I have a stable job with people I genuinely care about.

Should I be grateful for what I have and maintain the status quo or find another company with a great culture that can also provide a challenge? If the latter, what companies in Seattle are we talking about?

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TOP 18 Comments
  • Apple / Eng cho Chang
    Go to Facebook if u want career advancement opportunities and growth.
    Nov 16, 2018 1
    • Facebook MD5#
      Nah Amazon is way better. Free bananas
      Nov 16, 2018
  • The grass is always greener over the septic tank ...
    Nov 17, 2018 1
    • Didn’t mean to hit post ...

      Sounds like you have a pretty sweet gig. But, you aren’t challenged at work.

      Challenges don’t have to come from work. You can create your own. Work on an OSS project. Build an app. Do tech work for a charity. Found a startup.

      If challenge is the key thing missing, go find it and keep a job that you clearly love.

      Sincerely
      Old Dev Dude
      Nov 17, 2018
  • POWER Engineers / Other
    NtTy44

    POWER Engineers Other

    BIO
    Ruler of my universe.
    NtTy44more
    I have worked at 10 companies in my career and I am miserable. I can only say that I liked my company and coworkers at one place. I wish I was still there. Hardly is the grass greener. It sounds like you have a good thing going so do this. Stay there. Go back to school part time and get another degree of some kind, also start a small side business, pick out some professional goals like getting more fit or something. Stay put and try to get the missing growth or satisfaction somewhere else
    Nov 16, 2018 1
    • Qualcomm / Eng nixds9
      Thank you for sharing.
      Nov 16, 2018
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laborator greenlawn
    Facebook, really?
    Nov 16, 2018 1
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

      LinkedIn Eng

      BIO
      [Insert epic sax here]
      Gill Batesmore
      Schweitzer Engineering Laborator, really?
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Vertivco / Eng
    FastPapuan

    Vertivco Eng

    PRE
    YouTube, American Bureau of Shipping, Facebook
    FastPapuanmore
    TC or GTFO
    Nov 16, 2018 0
  • New
    nfs

    New

    PRE
    Booking.com
    nfsmore
    Perks are good for now, career growth is good for the future.
    Nov 16, 2018 2
    • New / Eng RzOT50
      OP
      I have 13 YOE and I have been at the company for 5 years. I spent the last year basically treading water.
      Nov 16, 2018
    • New
      nfs

      New

      PRE
      Booking.com
      nfsmore
      Sounds like it's time to switch
      Nov 16, 2018
  • New / Eng uhYr23
    No the grass is not greener. You should not be grateful for current situation. You should be desperately looking for switching.
    Nov 17, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Will!am
    What company?
    Nov 16, 2018 0
  • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
    Join us. F5 has a great culture. We're pivoting into a cloud first company, so there are great challenges!
    Nov 17, 2018 2
  • Square / Eng SQ
    If you're the most talented person in the room it's time to move on.
    Nov 16, 2018 0