This past week marked my first six months at a new company and I took a few moments to think about my experiences so far. Most importantly, did I make the right decision to leave just about everything I knew behind, move all the way across the country to live in the alien culture that is the east coast?
Let's start off by looking at the situation I left behind. I worked for a small company that had no processes and had a strong-willed CEO that micromanaged just about everyone. At a management meeting he responded to a query about empowering employees to their jobs with, "I don't empower incompetence." I think that about says it all. He also told me on multiple occasions he had no idea what a product manager did... then proceeded to tell me how to do my job. I can say the company had a some great people and, of course, some bottom feeders. Unfortunately the company had quite the turn over of high performers (voluntary and involuntary) yet the bulk of the bottom feeders seemed to stick around for years.