How can I apply for a different position internally?
April 1, 2014 6:04 AM Subscribe
posted by deathpanels to Work & Money (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I like the coding part of my job, generally, but I find that my current position at a small company requires me to do too many tasks that, in my previous jobs, were always done by someone with a design background – wireframing, arguing about color palettes, button placements, answering vague questions about what "the user" would prefer, researching patterns that other products use, etc. Frankly, I hate this stuff! And I'm not good at it. I'm a programmer, dammit, I don't know what color the button should be.
I would say on most projects I spend about 60% of my time doing design work, 40% of my time actually writing code, so I feel that this position is not playing to my strengths. Furthermore, the company I work for doesn't value design and front-end work quite as much as the back-end services, just because of the nature of the product. For better or worse, the UI is regarded as a necessary evil, rather than central to the product. I've also reached a point in my career where all the hard & interesting problems are closer to the hardware, and I'd like to be moving in that direction.
Part of the problem is the smallness of the company. A lot of people are "generalists". We don't have any full-time designated designers. There are a few other front-end developers, but they all either have a design background or want to be doing design work. I'm the odd man out.
I feel like I'm burnt out on this type of work, but I like the company and my coworkers – it's the best job I've ever had, people-wise – and I would like to stay on if possible. I have talked to management about moving more into the back-end services before, and even successfully transitioned to doing that work for a few weeks, before I was pulled into another project where I was the front-end guy again. Sigh.
(Worth noting: I have a long-standing problem of not being assertive enough at work.)