First world problem: my well paying job is boring. Should I keep it?
October 22, 2013 9:49 AM Subscribe
My job is fun... when there's work to do. Which is never. Is this normal? Is this a reason to leave? Should I leave?
posted by lup badik to work & money (26 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I work as a software engineer at a smallish (~150 people), well-established PaaS company. I'm fresh out of college, and have been there for about 4 months. During those few months I've had a lot of fun, but I'm beginning to notice one major problem - I'm bored. Not because the work itself is boring, but because there isn't really much for me to do. After 2 weeks of not a single assignment, I'm beginning to think I should start looking for a less boring job. So I guess I have two questions: (1) Is having nothing to do a reasonable reason to look for a new job, or is it something I'll find everywhere? I see a lot of people who claim that white collar work is just reading reddit all day, so I guess it's possible I'm just in for more of the same somewhere else. (2) If being bored is reason to leave, should I? I've made up a list of pros and cons, but I can't really make sense of them since this is my first "real" job.
1. When I am working, my job is fun and challenging. There are boring projects, but they're not very common.
2. I'm pretty well trusted, so I have freedom to do just about whatever I want. After showing an interest I've already been permitted to re-write two of our smaller products and optimize several others in my large swaths of spare work-time. As long as I can back my decisions up, I can do these in whatever language or using whatever software I'd like, so there are tons of opportunities to learn new things and be exposed to new things.
3. I have a pretty awesome team. I have some social anxiety issues, so having a team I can actually talk to and mostly feel comfortable around is great.
4. Promotion opportunities are great. As in, I've already been promoted once. C-level executives have taken a pretty big interest in me and have complemented me on my work, so I think it's pretty likely that promotions will continue.
5. My boss knows a ton and I have a lot to learn from him.
1. My boss is awesome (see 5), but I get the feeling that he doesn't like his job much. This means he's not always in to teaching me things or really even being my boss.
2. I've been given a lot of responsibility that I'm not really ready for. Telling me "you can do it" is about all of the support I get when I express my concerns.
3. I live in an at-will state, and I and many of my co-workers have noticed that the company seems to fire people at random for strange things, like taking too many sick days when they've only taken 3 the whole year. While I don't think my job is at risk at the foreseeable future, I don't like the idea that one day I might need to worry about every little thing I do.
4. I won't have vacation days to interview with until at least January, and even then I need 2 weeks notice to use a day.
5. I suck at interviews. I love to learn things, and I'm a hard worker, but in an interview that doesn't make up for the fact that I'm actually not that great at programming. Paired with the last point, I'm just not sure it's worth the stress.
6. I've only been there for a few months. I know that job switching is becoming more normal, but that's a bit extreme, right?