I urgently need outside opinions. Should I wait it out to see if this new opportunity is worthwhile or accept a job outside of product management?
Product Manager here. Need quick advice from an outside perspective.
I want to quit because of the toxic company culture and the incredibly insane manager (I attempted to work around this, but I can’t, so I will constantly feel like I’m at a ceiling). Even though I was qualified, looking back, I was probably only hired as a diversity statistic for this all-male staff. I now feel inept, horrible, and that I’ll never make a nice PM because of it. Now, I’m so self-conscious.
I work for a major firm, but there are no other buildings or teams in this state where I am located, therefore I may easily swap teams every two to three years.
I must make a decision regarding a job offer by Monday. At a sizable, fantastic organisation, as the Subcontracts Manager. only working 4x10s, little stress. Rather slowly paced. In essence, it would be comparable to a PM function, but with less stress and a closer focus on the subcontract as a whole rather than the product as a whole. Since several company units are HQ’d here, one can change occupations every two to three years. Fantastic firm for long-term careers.
My present employer, however, wants to completely restructure the firm’s data value stream, which would entail collaborating with a [major tech company] on AI/ML and cutting-edge solutions. I have been asked to join a special focus team at the C-suite level to brainstorm for two to three weeks and then offer our ideas for how to proceed. If the executive level approves, we will determine how and who will be added to this team to support the innovation project. However, 1) a solution needs to be found. 2) The solution needs to be approved and funded; 3) it needs to be included to the team. Evidently, 1-3 carries some danger, possibly a significant amount, but I am optimistic that this effort will produce results because innovation is sorely needed locally.
What should I do? What should I be considering? Please help me by asking the right questions.
If everything works out, the innovation project sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience that would be fantastic. If it doesn’t, I’ll be stuck on this team with little room for advancement and will have to reapply to jobs outside the firm.
The Subcontracts Mgr position would position me for progression in a fantastic firm.
And for the sake of my mental health, I must leave the team I’m on right away.
I appreciate any suggestions you may have in advance. I really thank you.