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Should I stay with a company in the face of potential future layoffs because of a hiring freeze or start a job search?

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I've been with a company as a mid level back end engineer for almost two years, and they've just announced a hiring freeze. I really enjoy the culture, the people, but have issues with the overall leadership and some management styles and communications. Is it better for me to start looking for other job opportunities now, even though it might not be as good of a work environment? Should I stick it out and hope the financial woes go away? What are the pros/cons of those choices?

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Davide de Paolis • Edited on

I actually suggest looking for a job even if everything is going smooth at your current company.
( yeah well, i dont mean you do a job interview every week - but even having workend in the same company for 8 years now, I normally got through at least 2 interview processes a year.

  1. it keeps you trained- interviews are stressful situations, you have to become comfortable in presenting yourself, answering tricky HR questions, doing coding challenges or whiteboard exercises, and so on. I'd rather do that when I am relaxed for my current economic and professional situation, rather that doing that when I am depressed for having being fired, or frustrated because i am not happy anymore and stressed that if i dont pass i could have problems making the ends meet.
  2. it gives you a reality check. what is the market looking for, are you still uptodate, are your skills still relevant, what is the salary you can get elsewhere, how much salary raise could you eventually ask in your next feedback talk? It's easy to get too comfortable when you work for a company long enough.
  3. you get used to ghosting and rejections without too much emotional load. unfortunately there are still many companies and recruiters that at first are all emails and phone calls and compliments and then disappear when they found someone else . Rejections are part of the process, you might understand that you must update your game, or you can just learn that simply because someone was a better fit it doesnt mean that you suck.
  4. you are not married to a company. you don't have to wait for your partner to ask for a divorce (or leave you after they had an affair) to start dating someone else :-)
  5. you might fall in love with your company over and over again. and realize that it's the best place to work at, you get paid well and the projects you are working on are interesting and challenging, as much as those of that cutting edge revolutionary startup...
  6. you might catch the right opportunity at the right time, Success is sometimes a matter of a bit of luck and timing. or you might be able to get a raise if you announce you are leaving ( when it is really true, don't bluff) if you are a valuable player for your team/company.

The positive side of having interviews every now and then is that you must take them seriously ( don't just waste other people time nor throw yourself into embarassing situatiuons) without taking them too seriously.

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Troy Bland

There is no harm in looking to see what other opportunities are out there while still working there. Even though it's somewhat cliche to say, it could help you to make a decision with more confidence knowing that there are other companies that have a similar culture plus the management is more to your liking. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Muhammad Uzair

If you see potential layoffs in future, please save at least 2 months survival salary. Meanwhile you can prepare yourself for interviews.
At worst, if you got fired. You can easily prepare and get a job in 2 months. You won't be depressed.

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Jeremy Friesen

First and foremost is the considerations of "vulnerability". In the US, if you are laid off you may be eligible for unemployment. If you quit, that's off the table. Also, there's likely a window of time when start a job when you are not eligible for unemployment. So quitting and starting a new job may remove the "unemployment benefit" option.

There's also a trend of rescinding offers. What happens if you put in your notice, formally resign, and the place you jump to rescinds the offer?

How I like to think about situations where I'm on the fence is to ask myself "What can I learn in this moment that will help me take my next step?"

That can be taking on a higher profile project at your current ; a project with more responsibility. From that activity, you can learn skills but also listen to your "heart"; do you have energy to keep doing that in your current company?

But by all means, if you're worried, concerned, want to practice, not feeling it, then start the interview process. At a minimum it's practice.

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In my mind, it depends on what getting laid off would do to you. I have decent savings, and would enjoy some time away from work honestly, so the idea of getting laid off doesn't bother me. So I wouldn't leave a company just because I was afraid they were going to run out of money. But if you really need the job, it might be best to start looking.

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Vincent A. Cicirello

There's nothing wrong with looking. You might find a job you like better. And if not, you can always turn down an offer.

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Matt Jennings

Start a new job search. Your company sounds like having serious problems with finances and management.

It would be wise to have a job lined up as things could get worse.