Hate my boss, not paid enough. How do I phrase that in an interview?
January 26, 2014 7:03 AM Subscribe
I want a new job. Why? Because my second-level manager is a jerkoff and because I don't get paid enough. How do I spin this in a future interview?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've been eating shit at this company for a total of 10 years now. I would have left earlier, but I was not in a position to do so, but I am now. My position with the company pays below the industry average for a person with my years of experience, and my evaluations have all been at least above average or good.
Recently, I was working on the job my boss' boss (we'll call him Dick) hired me for on Project Alpha when Dick brought me in to "help out" half time on Project Beta. Project Beta is in sad shape and half time is turning into full time, and I still have my Project Alpha responsibilities. So I'm doing more work for the same money.
I can't take it any more. I'm about to activate my network and start looking for a job. The truth is I could work on Project Beta for a few years to come, and the work is interesting. The Beta job uses skills I'm weak in, so it's good to strengthen them. I like everybody else at the company, my immediate Project Alpha boss Matt is the best, and the Project Beta team are great people. I just hate working for Dick.
Invariably I will be asked in a future interview, "Why do you want to leave your present company?" I was thinking of saying something like "I've plateaued in terms of career advancement at my current company", but I'm worried that that will seem like bullshit when I describe the work I'm doing on Project Beta. I work in a small industry, and anyone interviewing me will realize that there is much more work to do on Project Beta.
I've been reading employment-related websites, looking at AskMe, and talking to friends that are managers, but I thought I would poll the hive mind for advice for my specific case. Help me spin my situation to a potential future hiring manager.