Post # 1
I was working at one company for 3.5 years, I loved the people and the job but the money and benefits weren’t good and there was no career advancement for me, I was at a dead end and knew I had to move on. I ended up leaving there and going to another job that paid $30,000 more a year, offered more in terms of career enhancement had great benefits and is a great company. I absolutely loved it for about a year and then things started to get weird. People started quitting like crazy (and this company was used to little to no turnover) because things just… changed, they got a new VP and the whole culture of the company was different. I wasn’t sure if I was going to quit or ride it out, then in November I was headhunted and offered what seemed like an amazing opportunity. Great position, amazing compensation, location, etc.
I took that job and started in January and it was NOTHING like what was promised to me. I did post here about it because I was so upset… it was just awful and so I ended up getting a new job after 3 weeks, which is where I work now.
I have been at this new job for three months now. At first it was going well, I love learning new things and so it was exciting and interesting but now the honeymoon period is well and truly over! I’m in HR and I just don’t agree with a lot of their policies and the way they do things is very, very backwards. The manual processes are unreal and everyone is always against every other department, it just isn’t a good environment and I’ve noticed that we have a super high stress leave rate. I worked for a small family owned accounting firm 10 years ago and it reminds me of there, except here it’s 500 people. Not good.
So… now I’m starting to wonder if I should job hunt again. It’s only been three months but if you know it’s not a good fit, will that ever change?! I don’t hate it here and I’m not totally unhappy so I know I can stick it out until something great comes along, however long that takes. It just sucks because I want to be a longterm employee at a company. I’m not looking for any advice… just venting. I had years where I loved going to work and I felt so loyal to the companies I worked for and I miss that!
Post # 3
@givemecouture: I am sorry that you’re having a bad day…that sucks…here’s a picture of my puppy…he loves you.
Post # 4
@Nona99: eeeeekk!!!! I love him too!! He’s so flippin adorable 🙂 thanks!
Post # 5
If I were a potential employer, I would be a little apprehensive about all the job jumping in such a short period of time. I would try to stick it out while ensuring that you master more job-related skills so that there’s nothing to dance around in a potential future interview.
Post # 6
@givemecouture: You said you work in HR, so you must know the implications of jumping ship constantly. You will have to explain your resume and if you are repeatedly blaming your work environment, well, they may just start to blame you (you are the common denominator in each of these situations).
It sucks to be unhappy at work. I think everyone would rather be doing something else (like laying on a beach in Fiji or spending time with family members). The grass isn’t always greener. If you change again, what if the new job is even worse? Consider the future implications before you make your decision.
Post # 7
Actually in the city I’m in, it’s really not uncommon to last less than a year at one company. Jobs here are pretty disposable and people treat them as such. I see resumes daily that have 5+ jobs with less than 6 months experience.
Like I said, I’m not looking for advice. Thanks for the effort though.
ETA: I’m also a contractor, not an employee
Post # 8
i think if you are not desperately unhappy you should stay there and maybe keep looking whilst you are there as if you leave, your resume will start to become too jumpy (I am talking from experience) and you will have a lot to explain to a new employer who may see you as a risky employee because you have many jumps already…. if you can stick around for at least a year it would be better in the long term… sorry they screwed you over… dunno if the grass really is ever greener – I have changed jobs so often and everytime I have I just wish I had stayed in the very first one!!!! Maybe you can make some suggestions to the head of HR on how processes can be improved and become more efficient based on your prior experience? if you champion these changes it may be better in the long run and you will be happier working there? good luck!!
Post # 9
Work your contacts. Who are your HR-mentors that you’ve met through organizations with other companies? It might help to get their knowledge of the area and who are the “stay away” companies.
But I hear you. I ended up where I was thinking it would be a great opportunity and now on the other side HR’s a mess and doesn’t know what they’re doing, half the things I do have zero point to them, and I have to fight the system to actually accomplish my job. So, you have my sympathies. 🙁
Post # 10
Aww I hope things get better and you find something that is a better fit.
Post # 11
I think it’s fine if you start job hunting. I don’t really see a problem with job hopping. I’ve had to do it for a number of reasons (although a lot of those had to do with being laid off). It’s becoming more commonplace, though it wasn’t uncommon with our parents’ generation. Here are a couple of articles on it: one, two. In my experience, if it’s not a good fit at first, it never will be. And even if it seems like a good fit, it could turn out to be awful (like my last job).