Post # 1
Hi ladies — it’s been forever since I’ve posted! What do you you think of lateral career moves?
Background — I’ve been at my current company for just over 2 years and I’ve been in the same role this entire time. About 6 months after starting the job, I became extremely disenchanted with the position, team, department, and company as a whole. However, the company is a Fortune 100, so I tried to be open minded and considered exploring other departments while also applying externally. I had a handful of interviews, but no offers. A few months ago, I saw an internal posting for a temporary position where I’d get to work in my ideal department for a few months and learn some new skills. I applied, interviewed, and was offered the position within a matter of days. Fast forward 2.5 months later — the leadership liked me so much that they asked me if I’d be interested in staying on full time (I said yes), pulled some strings, and got another position added to the team.
I’m thrilled btw – this has been a much better experience within the last 2 months than I’ve had in the past 2 years in my other role/department. However, there’s no raise or promotion — this is where it’s difficult for me to feel 100% happy about it. Don’t get be wrong – overall this is a great move for me and I’m grateful to be rid of my old team and role. But there’s just an idea that when you get a new position, you should be moving UP. More pay, higher band level, etc. I’m just wondering how some of you have handled lateral moves and whether or not you felt it was a good decision in hindsight. I just don’t want to fall behind considering every salary bump can have a huge impact as time goes on.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!!
Post # 2
I took a lateral move at a different company for less money in a completely different department to learn a new skill.
It has been a hard transition. I went from being the expert of our department to being the newbie who had a lot to learn. However, it has without a doubt has made me a more desirable candidate for future roles and will help me tremendously when I look for a new job this summer. Sometimes I still doubt my decision. I would have had more work life balance, more money, and probably a higher title by now if I’d stayed doing what I was doing but I would have hit a ceiling eventually without acquiring these new skills.
My only advice is 1) Try to negotiate for a salary bump. Even if they initially say no, they can make it happen if they want you enough. Focus on the value you bring to the team. 2) If you do decide to take the role, make sure that it aligns with your future career goals.
Good luck with your decision!
Post # 3
Nabrani0915 : I am all for lateral moves for the sake of my own sanity. I’ve made several lateral moves career wise, and while it does sting a bit at the time, my situation has always landed me in an advantageous position.
While it may be lateral now, what do the possibilities for promotion look like at your new job? Will you get a salary bump after x amount of time with the company? Or with performance reviews?
These are all things to keep in mind. It also may be lateral in the sense of monetary value, it sounds like it’s a step in the right direction in terms of position, team and your sanity. Don’t over think it, you took the new position for a reason, and I bet in the long run the benefits outweigh whatever lateral step you’re currently taking.
Post # 4
I actually took a step down in career rank for less pay but better work/life balance and a better work environment.
Your happiness and sanity matter too. If you like this job better, dont feel bad about it. But also consider you may be able to move up in this new area that you like better too 🙂
Post # 5
I took a step down in salary for a much better environment and work/life balance. 100% worth it. I did negotiate more vacation – the new company only offered 1 week (!!!) and I got 3.
eta: The job was also a step down in title.
Post # 6
jenniferlynn_xoxo : Thank you for your response!! The role I’m taking is actually a pay grade lower than I make right now, but they are raising it in order to accommodate me. My annual review is coming up in 2 months and they are actively working with my current manager to figure out what they can do so that I don’t lose my merit raise — which I really appreciate! They’re definitely putting in the effort to make me happy, which is a great sign. The department as a whole is where I wanted to end up and definitely aligns with my future interests
futuremrsmcl : That’s really great to hear! I’m glad to hear it’s worked out for you. This team is so much better in terms of culture, collaboration, personality, etc. and the department has a lot of female leaders vs my current department which is ruled by older men who are all about promoting based on favoritism not merit. I’m not entirely sure what the growth will look like, but I’m pretty confident that, at a minimum, this role will open doors for me later on. Additionally, there’s a guaranteed merit raise every year — I’m not sure how much it’ll be in this department but it won’t be worse than my current annual raise. Thank you for your response and reassurance!!
mg8301 : Thank you for your response!! Yes — this new role will be so much better in terms of work/life balance as it reduces my commute by 2 hours a day! I get to work out of my company’s downtown office (which is a 10-15 minute walk from home) versus driving over an hour to and from the HQ office each day. Also, this new office has lots of perks, which I’ve gotten used to the past couple of months haha
katebluestone : Thankfully by staying with the same company, I get to keep some of the great benefits that I most likely wouldn’t have found elsewhere. That was always something I worried about when looking externally. That’s amazing you were able to get 2 extra weeks when you started!! Talk about negotiation skills! And I’m glad to hear that it was worth the step down in salary and title — definitely makes me feel better about my decision!