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How long should you stay at a Company before leaving?

The days of 20 years at the same company are gone like Enron.


There are a few different strategies around how long you should stay at a company. Stay until you get above your desired salary threshold, stay until you get a better offer, stay until you become leadership, leave for the startup that's about to launch an IPO, etc.


Star the discussion, what are you thinking? It's anonymous, so what's your plan?


Sincerely,


Seth Davis

Senior Broker

JT Marlin

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kiraugais
WR Officer
+11
I work on the WR product
Hmm.. I don't think it depends on the definite amount of years..
It depends on multiple factors, a few of which you mentioned: growth possibilities, salary, stocks, chances of company going ipo..Β 

Let's say you take growth and salary as a factor then.. I like to think about it like this: an average job promotion is 10% increase or less.. average job change is 20-40% increase.. If you aren't changing jobs every 2 years you are losing out on $20-30k a year.Β 
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
+13
Account Executive
Yeah, theres really no good answer here. Ideally, you want to stay as long as it serves you.

if you don’t have any meaningful tenure with any employer [2 - 3 years at least] on your resume, it adds value to try and check off that box as long as it’s relevant to your target industry...

It really depends and can change depending on what your resume looks like currently.
MrMotivation
Politicker
+4
Sales
Echoing others here, but stay as long as you are fulfilled being an employee there. Whether it's professional growth or monetary growth. It's time to leave whenever you feel like you aren't getting anything out of it anymore.Β 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
You are the only one who truly knows your circumstances. If you are in a position where your mental health is in question, then no amount of time spent there matters. I believe 1-2 years is normal now.Β 
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
There is no special number. If you are happy, well compensated and maybe at some point being a small stock holder or partner then go for as long as you like.Β 

Only change if you find a more favorable position or you are unhappy.
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
However, on resume I think HR trusts people who stay more than 3 years in a company.
Trinity
WR Officer
+7
BusDev
It depends on the person's goals, their motivations for staying/not staying.
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DentalSales
Managing Director
Every situation is different but I'd say as long as your income consistently increases or you have promotion opportunities (if that's what you want).Β 

There have been times in my career when the only chance for promotion included relocation and that didn't interest me. That situation usually led to me looking around for a new job.Β 
YoungGoat
Opinionated
+2
Surgical Technology Specialist
My approach is to stay until my rate of learning slows down/stops. If I’ve gotten just about everything I think I can out of a company from an experience/new skills standpoint then it’s time to move onto the next challengeΒ 
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