I have been looking to make a move from my company where I’ve been for three years because even though I like my job and co-workers, there isn’t much opportunity for growth. I have interviewed twice for a fairly high-level position at another organization and they are bringing me back in on Friday and I think they are going to offer me the job. It’s MUCH more money, more responsibility and a much larger company.
So why am I writing you? This company has a bad reputation. The turnover rate is high and they are known in the business for being a tough place to work, to put it lightly. Their product is also low-performing and somewhat mocked in the industry. The man who would be my boss seems cool but the overall reputation of the company is pretty bad.
I’m 29 and ready to excel in my career but my husband says this is not the way to go. Your thoughts?
Goodbye frying pan, hello fire!
Salvador Dali once noted, “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings,” but I think we can flip that around a bit and say instead, “Ambition without intelligence is wings without a bird (or Donald Trump).”
Your husband is a bright fellow. Kudos to him for seeing the big picture here and not encouraging you to make this move for the money. Taking this position makes about as much sense as leaving your loving, smart husband for an elderly syphilitic alcoholic who will beat you senseless and kick your puppy every morning before he visits the unemployment office and hits the neighborhood bars.
Money is a worthless salve when you suffer the inevitable wounds that result from toiling for an evil empire. You might be able to buy a really nice car, but as your soul slowly shrivels and dries into a tiny black pebble you will find yourself fantasizing about plowing your fancy ride at 65 mph into a bridge abutment during your daily commute.
As for that guy who would be your boss? Don’t take the job because of him. Remember that high turnover you mentioned? If he is a smart and decent man you can bet he is looking to escape from the Death Star and you will soon find yourself working for someone who makes your life miserable.
In addition, whatever time you spend at this company may have a deleterious effect on your resume rather than providing you the career boost you are looking for. You will likely find it horrible and want to leave after a short time, which means you now have a black mark on your work history of being employed short-term.
Nobody likes a job hopper – just ask anyone who’s read my resume.
I’ve worked for a company just like the one you are considering now. You know why those jobs pay so well? Because nobody else wants them. The Death Star can’t attract good talent so they are riddled with people whose motivations are based upon power and money. That’s why you often have arrogant incompetents at the top of places like this – there is nowhere else for them to go.
For anyone out there considering changing jobs, I recommend you saunter over to the website Glassdoor and see how your prospective employers are rated by their workforce. I did just that for Anne and discovered over 650 reviews by current and former employees that were overwhelming in their scathing consistency.
The only similarly-sized company I could find rated lower than the one Anne is looking at in Portland (2 out of 5) is Holiday Retirement (1.9). There are some very funny reviews on Holiday, so if you’re bored check them out! Holiday Retirement Reviews.*
We are all judged by the company we keep including with whom we choose to work. I would not want to be seen as a person who willingly surrounded herself with incompetent and unethical laughingstocks simply to “get ahead.”
Your career has to be about more than base opportunism and reckless advancement – it should tell a story of wise choices made for the right reasons and a desire to be surrounded by the best in your industry.
You are still very young so settle down, take your time, and be smart. Speak to the powers-that-be where you are now and express your desire to move up within the organization. You may be surprised: what looks like little room at the top can often be expanded for the right person. Be that person!
In a TOTALLY unrelated story, I will no longer be contributing to golocalpdx.com, which is why you are all reading this here instead of on that website.
My new site launches soon and it does not make sense for me to drive traffic elsewhere. I am proud of the work I did for them and the large amounts of clicks generated by my work, but the time has come for me to be all about me.
The new site is looking amazing and we are putting the final touches on it today. I can’t wait for you all to see it so stay tuned!
*Full disclosure: I was a contract employee there for 6 months.