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Career Crossroads - My thoughts, feedback welcome

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by get_nick, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Matts96HB

    Matts96HB . Moderator VIP

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    Congratulations on the new gig! I don't follow football too closely but have skimmed through numerous articles regarding the long-term implications of the continuous impacts to the head. I can certainly see the appeal of this new role from an impact perspective.

    I'll keep this short but I think you had nearly the same realization I did in my previous role. I was with a large company built on an archaic corporate structure, several redundant layers of middle management, and operations based in an industry that doesn't want to change. I hit the same brick walls with passion projects, restructuring, and good-ol'-boy politics. After a while, I realized I was spending most of my energy worrying about bullshit and very little on actually doing the job I was passionate about. It was at this point I realized it was time for a change. I bailed for a small company and haven't looked back.
     
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  2. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    Yep.

    Here's why I got frustrated with my job. My job is supposed to be creating product strategy and building great products. But all my time has been spent debating with the software engineering teams to change their general overall strategy based on new product goals put in place after our reorg. We have a fundamental lack of alignment because my leadership is working on developing a different product that directly contradicts the goals for my product. So they don't support me in my push for what is "right".

    How my time at work should be spent
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    How my time at work is actually spent
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  3. reckedracing

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    Congrats on the big move. Hopefully it works out well for you.
    Be sure to keep coming back with updates.
     
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    Congrats! I'm with you on needing a job where you feel like you are contributing something meaningful and are able to measure impact.
     
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  5. BigJ

    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    Congrats! Proud of you making a decision with your head and not your wallet. :p Let me know when you got that Sales Ops Director role open :p.
     
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  6. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    Absolutely! I'm not sure how you'll feel about the commute though. The office is next to the QFC that's across from the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
     
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    Matts96HB . Moderator VIP

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    This is the most useful pie chart I've seen. I'm not sure if I should be proud of that or not.
     
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    If there's too much traffic, you can always start ballet lessons?
     
  9. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    Ha! The new office will be right next to the Space Needle. There's a lot going on in that area. Seriously though, the new tunnel opened up this year and the ramp is right next to the office. It won't take long to get onto the highway home. This will actually shorten my commute by 5-10 minutes.
     
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    I worked in the tunnel for 2.5 years. Quite the experience.
     
  11. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    Today is my last day at Big-G. I'm not even sending out a goodbye email or having any type of going away happy hour. My team is small with only 3 product managers (including my manager) and my eng team is in Sunnyvale. I wouldn't want to go out with them anyway, they're all pretty lame. I'm going to do an "Irish goodbye" and just walking out the door after I turn in my laptop.

    So until then, I'll be playing skee ball, hitting up the pinball machines, and eating a bunch of ice cream. lol
     
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    Turn in the laptop now and just go to lunch and never come back.
     
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    Congrats mang! On to better things.

    Why does this feel relevant?
     
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  15. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    Computer return and laptop are conveniently in the same building. I just ate a big lunch and a giant bowl of ice cream. I have food coma. I'm struggling to get to the 4th floor to return my laptop. lol
     
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    Take a nap!! Don't they have nap pods there?
     
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    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    Sheesh. Sounds like a great place to work. Strong relationships built there I see...
     
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    This is kind of sad..

    Should have expensed another trip to the yay area. I would have sent you off in fashion, puking on a Bart train as is tradition.
     
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  19. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    When I was hired, my hiring manager and engineering team were based in Kirkland. After the 4th out of 8 reorgs, my engineering team was based out of Sunnyvale and my UX team was in Seattle. So I moved to Seattle to be close to my UX team since there was not way I was moving to Sunnyvale to be near my eng team. After reorg 6 out of 8, I lost my UX team. Of the 8 UX team members I had, all 8 changed teams and I didn't work with them anymore. Out of those 8, I said goodbye to 2 UX'ers in person. 3 had already left the company, and the last 3, I never knew. My PM team was only me, one other guy, and my manager. All in Sunnyvale.

    I literally had nobody to say goodbye to. :(

    Ha! I wish I could have. Nothing says "Bay Area native" more than puking on the BART.

    Since I didn't have a product to work on, there was nothing to go down there for. I would have shown up and there would have been a lot of questions. If I was single, I could have gone down there enough to have a bay area girlfriend. Geez, now that I think about it, that coulda been very very bad. lol
     
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    I thought you had no reason to be down here last time either? lol.
    Bay Area girlz are best girlz.
     
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    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    Looking back on it, I didn't have a reason for ANY of the four trips I made down there this year. lol
     
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