IT Employment

General discussion


Early Career Crossroad - Which way to Turn?

By vjcant ·
I am a currently a systems engineer and in the second year of my professional technical career. I work for a very large, prosperous, prominent company in the DC area. I am currently doing java, j2ee, struts, and sql development on a government contract. My problem is that I am beginning to become frustrated with the salary issue in that I am not getting paid my worth. At one time I was looking around at other companies and most were willing to offer me a minimum of 40% more than what i'm making now. I do like my current company and the work is pretty good, but the annual raises are minimal and I feel that I'm just not maximazing my potential. Any advice, suggestions, or thought on what is the best thing to do?

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

If you don't like it move on

by jmgarvin In reply to Early Career Crossroad - ...

Why stay with a job that makes you feel that you are doing more than you are worth?

Plus, at some point the government contract will dry up and **** away....I'm just sayin'

Collapse -

Move on

by amcol In reply to Early Career Crossroad - ...

The first few years of one's career are typically spent jumping around. It was true when I started my career 35 years ago (three companies in five years after graduation) and it's still true today (my son is three years into his IT career and is on his second company). Doesn't matter how much you like or dislike your job, or what the reasons are...move around and experience different projects, organizations, cultures, management styles, people, corporations, hierarchies, etc. You'll be in a better position a few years down the road to make an informed judgment on what you want to do with the rest of your career.

Collapse -

For quite a few years now...

by jdmercha In reply to Early Career Crossroad - ...

the only way to advance your career is to jump ship.

Collapse -

...jump ship.

by LEOxx037 In reply to For quite a few years now ...

I have to agree, ?the only way to advance your career is to jump ship,? but beware, the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

I have found as more jobs ?move? to India and China, the pay for programmers here in the US has either flat-lined and/or dropped. So keeping that in mind, make your money now because you will not make it later.

Move to a strong company, a company that doesn?t ?outsource? and you should be ok. If at all possible, stay away from large companies and consulting companies, for they will be the first to ?outsource your job?.

Collapse -

Money isn't everything.

by DC Guy In reply to Early Career Crossroad - ...

I'm stuck working in this same half-acre of bureaucrat-infested crabgrass calling itself a major metro. So I understand how you can get assimilated into the local culture and start thinking that life is all about money.

But it's not. You've already caught on to the issue of maximizing your opportunity envelope. I suggest you maximize it in the direction of hanging onto the option of migrating back into the real world, preferably the REAL real world west of the Rockies, before your passion gauge gets frozen between 4.5 and 5.5 forever.

People here work absolutely outrageous hours and the certified Worst Traffic In America stretches their days even further. Make sure you have time for your family, friends, hobbies, pets, exercise, church, and other things that are important to you.

Spend your youth being young. Travel, dance, ski, do a few things your mother wouldn't like. You don't get a second chance. Be responsible and support yourself and think of the future, but don't sacrifice the present.

This country is full of old men with plenty of money and nice houses who are weeping inside because it turns out that it is not really much to show for all those years.

Collapse -

Have some patience

by DMambo In reply to Money isn't everything.

First of all, WOW, what an upper from DC Guy

If you're only in the second year of working for a prominent co., wait it out for another year or 18 mos. Then when you look to move on, new employers will feel that you had stayed long enough to get some significant experience. And most all employers respect experience from large players, even if the work wasn't terribly broad or exciting. A few years working in the cubes shows you can handle the corporate BS along with the technical side. And it's been said a million times, but it's best to find a new job when you're still in your current position. Taking a desperation job after 6-months of unemployment is a resume killer.

Only then, Grasshopper, will you be able to snatch the pebble. (You're probably too young to get that.)

Collapse -

Bravo! Couldn't agree more....

by ashiffman In reply to Money isn't everything.

Quality of life is a huge issue for me. I'm currently under-
employed as a web editor (former technology manager) and I
love it. This is the best job I've ever had and the pay is terrible!
But the benefits are great, I work on a college campus and
have no stress.

Collapse -

Well check the market out

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Early Career Crossroad - ...

again. That necessity might have been cut by outsourcing.
Are you still learning and are yiou still contributing in away that's valuable to your employer. If neither of those are true, then greener as in dollars pastures is immaterial.

Collapse -


by frostbite In reply to Well check the market out

a lot of good advice has already been posted, just want to add my $.02...

I think in any position, the question you would like to ask yourself is whether you are still learning/growing in your job. If that is the case and you still enjoy working in your company, maximize your future earning potential by learning as much as you can from your current organization. If it is a big organization, chances are there are a lot of things you can still pick up in terms of how they run the business which you can lean on when you eventually make the decision to jump ship :)

Collapse -


by Tony Hopkinson In reply to assess....

If money is your only reason you are changing, someone will see your *** coming and and rip a big strip out of it.

Related Discussions

Related Forums