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Managers, Directors, and above, is the money worth the stress and workload? Do you find yourself not sleeping, working on the weekends, and working on vacation?

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The right management role can be great. The wrong one can be stressful. I stepped into management at one firm only to have my mentor say “the only option here for work life balance is to turn off your phone at 9pm... and if they fire you for it, they fire you. I’ve learned to live with that risk.” I put up with this for a few months but decided it wasn’t right for me. Stressful wasn’t the right word, it felt more like my life was on the line. I was often calm, but in the back of mind I knew I was heading towards an early grave. Sounds dramatic, but... it was dramatic lolz.

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Yes - no sleep, constant stress and all other downsides. Worth it ? Maybe, but I'm out

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I don’t see it as trouble. Actually like my job and have very little stress about it. But, my approach has been to do good work for my clients. I don’t play any political games or worry about impressing anyone (I don’t need or want that stress in my job or life frankly). I’m not trying to or worried about climbing the ladder. I just like the work and generally like the people. If either of those two things changes, I’m out.

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Be careful - I had the same mindset but then got burnt badly by nasty client and firm politics, it hurts to be perceived so incorrectly. Trust in the firm and leadership is not reciprocated with mutual trust.

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Most of the ones I see look tired, stressed, and annoyed. I guess I want to know the farthest you went in your career before you started to feel like the money wasn't worth the trouble. what's the point if you never enjoy yourself and spend time with family without responding to emails and putting out fires?

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look for a hobby with side hustle. It will work two ways , relax you from work and keeps you motivated!

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My advice: be upfront about what you want. Don’t come across as a prima, but do make it clear: “I’ll do this for you and here’s what I expect.”

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I think manager is the best spot if you make enough money. Just deliver on a project and not worrying too much about sales.

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Love what I do as a manager and plan to keep pushing forward. I have chosen projects / work I enjoy over the fastest possible promotion path(2 years per level) . I am still progressing at a good pace(2-4 year’s per level) tho.

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All the time. But don’t have FU money yet so alternative is same thing in some other company so keep doing the same.

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Some might like it. But i feel like most don’t and are just stuck jn the job for whatever personal reason they have.

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Do you think anywhere else is different? I wouldn’t go to the industry, I will miss all the flexibility I have.

The tech industry is way different

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