- 5 months ago
- Wedding: March 2016
I live in LA and I work in a competetive industry. I also worked in San Francsico and did Grad school/worked in London, in all that time (in the same industry) I had really wonderful bosses, tough but fair, and felt like I was slowly but surely climbing my way up. Los Angeles has not felt that way. I’ve had 2 previous jobs with sincerely crazy women. I’ve never had a hard time working with women in my life, but suddenly at two different jobs I did. And it startled me. The second job, which was a terrible fit, only lasted 4 months before I moved on. But the 4 months I spent there can best be described as work place bullying.
So, now my current (third) job, I’ve been here about 1.5 years. I adore my co workers, but I’m undecided about my boss. The job itself is not fufilling. I’m over qualified and I feel stuck. The leadership team has had 3 chances to promote me, once they chose not to (that’s ok, the other people were very qualified and I didn’t take it personally) and the other two times they hiried from OUTSIDE the organization. I was shocked! One of the jobs I would have been a perfect match for. It made me hyper aware of work place politics and the fact that I’m not in the “in” crowd. Like I said, it’s a competetive field.
After that last time I got brushed aside, I started looking for other positions pretty agressively. Just a few weeks ago I had an interview for a job that is my dream. And it’s with a very prestegious organization. I only got the interview because I was recomended in by a friend. It was great! They told me they wouldn’t be ready to hire until the middle of February. No problem.
Then, quite surprisingly, my current job decided to create a new position and encouraged employees to apply for it. I did. I am very qualified for the position (probably in the top 4 or 5 candidates) – but I don’t think I’m the political favorite, and sicne office politics are so strong I think it’s unlikely I’ll be selected. I decided there’s no harm trying and it’s fine if I’m not selected. Then, a few of my coworkers implied that maybe I was indeed a fovorite for this promotion after all. Had I read the politics wrong? (very likely!) But do I *want* the promotion? Well, the job description is pretty great, but this organization has a habit of promising job X and then asking you to do something far more remedial. I don’t know that I would really get to grow as much as the position implies. Current job said they’d make a decision next week.
Here’s my dilema – if by some miracle I get both offers, I get the dream job at the other organization, and I get the promotion for the current job – how do I choose?
On the one hand, I do not love the politics and would really love to leave. On the other hand the other organization probably has politics too and I’d just be starting over? I might not love my current work environment but I don’t hate it, I just feel trapped. It’s not abusive like my previous job. So the idea of leaving a “safe” situation suddenly feels reckless? Then again, the new job is literally the job title I’ve been trying to get for 4 years since I finished grad school.
So – what say you bees? Take the risk? Or stick with the devil I know?
PS – money/benefits are pretty much identicle and not a factor in my decision. The new organization is MUCH closer to where I live and an easier commute (If you live in LA you know how imporatnat an easy commute is!). Thanks for the advice!