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Grade your job: IT project manager

This week we get IT project managers to grade their jobs.

We're starting a new feature in this blog that I hope you will participate in. For the benefit of those just entering IT or for those who are looking at a change in IT specialty, I'm going to gather some feedback. Each week, I'll feature a particular IT specialty and ask those of you who practice that specialty to help us score it.

This week we'd like your opinion about IT project managers. If you're an IT project manager or have ever been an IT project manager, could you take a moment to answer the polls below? Try to comment more on your feelings about the specialty itself and not the company you're currently working for or with. After we've covered a group of IT jobs, we'll compile them into a download that will give a snapshot view of what's available in IT.

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6 comments
maycher26
maycher26

i'm work as 2nd and 3rd level support but in the same time from over 2 years work on a projects. creating new offices in EMEA (LAN, WAN, server rooms, security systems etc.) and nobody from my company want to promote me on PM possition. It's very frustrating.

Abizar Saifuddin
Abizar Saifuddin

I am working as PM for last more than 3 years but the designation doesnt reflect this. Its a tough and challenging job and you need to be on your toes always in order to meet unrealisitic deadlines. There are million issues to deal with and when you start feeling the satisfaction of solving one issue, many other are already in the que waiting for your attention.

househunterlives
househunterlives

The company I work for doesn't want to title me at a PM. For if they did they would have to come off the hip and pay me more as a PM. I am doing Project Manager work and handling as many as 15 projects at one time (just myself with no help). Any where from department moves to new office construction which involves a lot of different stakeholders. I am moving over to Network Engineer just so I can get a raise. i do love the job, seeing it from conception to the final product gives me much statisfaction. Been doing this work for over 12 yrs and have never been reconized as a PM. Time to move on or move out?

gjm123
gjm123

I do all the things a project manager does, in a role that has developed into that. However, my original title is sticking and the company I work for has no intention of changing that! As such, my original role is still my current role, as is the system architect role I segued through into being a PM. That makes for a very busy life. So stress levels tend to be huge, pay is rubbish, and while I'd love to love my job it is quite difficult to do so! However, when it all comes together it is very, very satisfying, personally, indeed.

househunterlives
househunterlives

I feel your pain. I too have developed into what is now a PM position. But the company is still sticking to my orginal position and don't want to retitle or reconized me as a PM. They will feel the pain thought when you leave and they have to hire 5 people to do your job.

tusharnene
tusharnene

i'm very interested in seeing any correlations and statistical cross sections for this once when the voting is done. especially for the only 3 votes each (so far) that indicated "big bucks," "very easy to find" and "love it."