It’s that time, the 7-year job itch. As a rule of thumb, I tell myself to be open to exploring opportunities and not stay in one company for too long. I was at Yahoo for way too long (16 years) and now with Splunk for 7 years.
It’s healthy to be open to different roles in the same company or other companies to see what skills the industry is looking for.
Someone asked me what I am looking for
First: 100% remote is a very big bonus. We have a 2nd home in Hawaii and I would like to freely travel between SF and Hawaii. I do not want to go back to a life of commuting for 3+ hours a day (which I did for 20+ years)
Second: Being a first or second-line manager is what gives me the opportunity to stay close to execution, being close to where the ICs are doing work. I enjoy coaching engineers, and helping them get unblocked. I also enjoy working with product managers and designers and executing a product vision.
Third: Believing the product I’m responsible for or the company is going to be a positive impact on the world and has the potential to be one of the market leaders.