when is the appropriate time to leave your job?

Mar 4, 2019 7 Comments

i’ve only been a spotify for a year. nothing is particularly wrong in my current role. i like my manager and the team i work with. however, i feel like i don’t have real growth opportunities on my team. since i haven’t been here that long, i could be wrong about growth opportunities, but i know for a fact i could be making a lot more money and could potentially shine more at a slightly earlier stage company. my manager has told me to take on a big project and i’ll have a good chance of promotion but in my experience with companies of this size promotions have more to do with politics and business need rather than personal performance or potential. is it a bad idea to leave this soon? how should i evaluate this choice?


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TOP 7 Comments
  • GitHub HarM
    When you have lost all hope and the will to live is fleeting. That when the employer has gotten all they can from you and it’s time to move on.
    Mar 4, 2019 1
    • New mcds
      Lol I like this, definitely how I feel right now
      Mar 4, 2019
  • New UHtz31
    Have you thought maybe the issue is with you OP? Sounds like you have a decent team and your manager is somewhat vested.

    You have to make opportunities for yourself OP, would check that you're doing this in parallel to exploring other Ops.

    Would take initiative to go beyond your standard R&Rs and look to generate incremental value. If the growth narrative is still the same after doing so, then it's time to move on.

    The rule of thumb is everyone is replaceable, but how hard is it to replace you is what commands what you are looking for
    Mar 4, 2019 0
  • Akamai Technologies Bboi
    If you see deserving people moved up every 2-3 years and in some cases in less than a year etc then growth is not limited. Look around though.
    Note-Once you become Senior in most mid sized companies, you will be waiting a while to move to mgmt. And its important to stay in order to grow.
    If you move you will start from scratch wherever you go. No matter how smart you are, a lot of your ability to grow will depend on understanding the product,people and industry. This takes time. Unless you are unhappy dont move in a year. Next place may be worse. By the end of your second year you will know where you stand.
    Mar 4, 2019 0
  • Microsoft X9pl12
    If your manager is giving you projects that will help with promotion, then you’re in a great situation. Don’t let the idea of politics scare you away unless you actually encounter it as a real problem.

    You seem worried about some things that have not become an issue yet.
    Mar 4, 2019 0
  • Microsoft
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    If it’s your first major job, consider staying 2-4 years just to have that on your resume.

    Employers don’t want to invest in training someone who’s about to leave.

    Plus you’re likely to see even faster growth after you’ve adjusted to that company, their code and tools, etc.

    That said, you shouldn’t have loyalty to the company, if you find a better opportunity for yourself (including a safety margin of perhaps 20%) then switch.
    Mar 4, 2019 0
  • Capital One Vfua50
    It’s not bad to explore market . You might get lucky to find good opportunities. In Bay Area, nobody ask for stable role and it might hurt chances in behavior interviews at some companies if you don’t have previous long stable job like at least 2 years unless you are fresh grad and not look for senior roles .
    Mar 4, 2019 0


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