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Moved up due to covid and regretting it

6 days ago

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I knew that if I wanted a real career, staying at my same job at a cozy little company, which I was at for ten years, would eventually have to end. Career people always told me it's about titles and resumes and moving up every 3-5 years. But although I'd outgrown my job, the benefits were good, I was master of my domain... My boss was kinda a doofus but fairly harmless. Covid came. The job I had was in the hospitality industry. Hours and wages cut, but then restored. Bonuses canceled. Potential new staff cuts discussed weekly. A recruiter hit me up on linked in. The description fit perfectly. It was exactly what I'd envisioned myself doing as a next career step. Bigger title. More money. I took the leap in October. Now I'm deep in it. The owner of the company is a prick. I don't get the same time off benefits and I'm working 60hrs+ a week. Worked over Xmas break and everything. No appreciation from the boss. Launched a new centralized software on 1/4 ... Wrangled all his garbage data into something useful. Blood sweat and tears. No appreciation or recognition. The software rollout is meant to be incremental. Any time I mention how hard the work is and how much work is left he says that I can pick the deadline. It's not true - he imposed the new year as the deadline for the first implementation. And now that we're in the new software I have to get everything else up and running for the next billing cycle. No option to push it. But it's like by describing the difficulty he sees it as a weakness ... He gets angry. I'm really only explaining it so that I can manage his expectations around other tasks so he's not assigning anything else major for a while. He seems really upset by my approach. I think he's expecting some pompous corporate double talk where I lay everything out smoothly and have a plan for success. I would love that too, but it is not possible because I was dumped into this chaos and expected to learn the entire company, improve all it's processes, and push it all into a central software for all Proj Mgmt, Accounting, HR, Finance, Budgeting etc within a few months time. The expectations are insane. Maybe I'm here just to vent but I'm also thinking about quitting. It's been 3 months and this is my first big initiative and I feel it's successful. He's talking to me like I'm incompetent and not "using my resources better". I have no help, everyone is stretched incredibly thin. I miss my old job. I'm not a super ambitious person. Kinda just doing the career thing because I'm desperately afraid of being old and poor in America. Help!




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  • jasonatherton

    It sounds like you are a software engineer moving from one small company to another. If I were you, I would look into roles at larger companies where you have more time to work on products with a supportive and understanding team. Lots of good companies are hiring right now for fully-remote roles so this is a good time to be applying.


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    • megarrette

      I would not mind getting into software engineering! I am just doing Ops & Finance now. There is a data migration specialist from the software company that I am working with but due to Covid, they're also stretched incredibly thin so I am doing a lot myself - learning as I go! I think it's actually kind of fun doing bonkers stuff with speadsheets once I get into it. I have wondered if software engineering would be a direction to take. Software for business services in some manner. I probably need to learn more than excel though. Maybe once this job has mellowed out I can learn Tableau or SQL.


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  • lesmoomins

    >Career people always told me it's about titles and resumes and moving up every 3-5 years. I think that's what some of us have come to realize. Sure, you may not make as much staying at one company versus chasing title and salary increases. But work/life balance, autonomy, good PTO policies and benefits are sometimes worth more than money. It's hard to find a company that treats their employees decently, pays an appropriate wage and provide good benefits. So we're stuck slaving away in positions we hate because we need to the money. You have 3 choices: 1. Reach out to your old employer and see if they'll take you back. 2. Start searching for another job. 3. Stay where you are and hope things improve.


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    • megarrette

      Yes, you're right. Maybe this post can serve as a warning to people who have it good and are taking it for granted!! Thank you


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  • sunshine347

    Sounds like you don’t have enough support. Any other teammates who can help? Are you able to create an approximate roll-out timeline to present to your boss? That might help him to better understand the situation you’re in. Unfortunately, a lot of higher-ups don’t want to hear about how much you have on your plate. They aren’t always familiar with day-to-day tasks and just want to see results. :-/ Worse comes to worse, is your old position still available?


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    • megarrette

      I think my rollout timeline is coming soon. Great advice. It's hard to know timelines since I've never done a migration before & I am learning the software, but I think that I should focus on pulling together a project plan.


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  • imivanh

    I was faced with this decision too recently. Had the opportunity to move up and take a 64% pay increase but much more demanding, but I really like my current job and manager. I ended up deciding to stay and I don’t regret it as when I put in my rejection, I got a nasty email from the CIO (hiring manager). Totally dodged a bullet. Point being, I think it’s important (if you have a choice) to choose happiness and a good workplace > career growth. Especially if you are not the ambitious type. Not saying that jumping automatically puts you in a bad environment, but definitely something to consider if you’re not the type to ambitiously climb


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  • chedchez

    Isnt your paycheck good enough? Guess i dont understand why you need an attaboy for doing the job you accepted. Its simple really, you work in exchange for currency, why should it be more complicated than that?


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    • megarrette

      Hahaha ok fair... maybe I'm being a baby 🤷🏻‍♀️


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  • RuneDukeOSRS

    You're obviously not cut out for it.


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