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Every time I tell myself to stick it out at my current place because of the cool project I’m working on, my weekly 1:1s with my new boss reminds me why I really want to leave

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@CD1 without going into great detail to avoid incriminating myself, I was moved to a new account because the one I was previously on decided to leave the agency. I’m super grateful that they decided to shift me around vs. laying me off. Got a new manager assigned to me and she didn’t train me or onboarded me on much besides talking about the history of the account with the agency (the relationship has been going on for 10 years). As a PM, that stuff is relevant to me but I also need to be trained the process of the account and the types of projects I’ll be working on. Training or explanations on process was done through slack messages, piece mail, or 1:1 chats. When things fall through the crack or there was an oversight, she points the finger at me. I’ve expressed my feelings of being overwhelmed (being handed complicating projects without proper training on the account), and she dismissed it and made me feel that my feelings weren’t validated. Thought the weekly 1:1 would help eliminate any sort of gaps and would be an opportunity to understand each other’s work styles, but find that it’s really just 30 minutes talking about my mistakes without understanding why the mistakes are happening, being critical of my soft skills and how I need to onboard myself better with the new account. I’m about two months in on this account and members of my team all see that my new boss hasn’t really provided me the tools to be successful. On the brighter side, I got an email from a different agency I’ve interviewed with, letting me know that they’re very interested in me but need to move a few things around on their end to proceed to the next steps (figured its shifting budget and the organization around). So if an offer materializes from this opportunity, I will probably accept. Even though I’m on a project that many people would love to be on and will help boost my career (don’t get me wrong, I’m super grateful for the opportunity to work on such a project and I’m learning a lot), my mental health and well being is more important to me.

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@CW1 No worries. It’s more significant for a PM in his/her career path to tackle a project w/ a really complex schedule, react to issues appropriately, be agile, and bring the project to launch/delivery, all while staying under the budget. It shows how well you’re able to plan, but also how you manage roadblocks as they come up and ensure that a project is profitable for the agency. In my case, I’m working on a project that has all the above I’ve mentioned, plus I’m working on a reputable brand and doing great creative work. I love the project I’m working on, it challenges me. But I’m not meshing well with my new boss

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Being on a cool project / account is not always job security. DO NOT GET COMPLACENT. I was in a similar situation where I knew the company I was at was not good for me long term, but the immediate project I was on was keeping me happy day-to-day. Guess what? I got pulled off the project to fix a resourcing issue on another account with no warning. All that time I wasted pounding the pavement, reaching out to my network, etc is making my head spin. TL;DR Start interviewing harder now while you’re “happy.”

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Been there

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Do project managers advance when they’re on brands/projects that do cool creative work? Or is it a more significant accomplishment when you tackle a project with a really complex schedule, or something like that? This is an ignorant and very general question that is not at all related to what you want to know, so feel free to ignore me, Basically I want to know whether strategy, accounts, and PMs measure their careers on the strength of the creative work that ends up being produced.

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Can you elaborate? What can they be doing better?

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