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lsufanintexas
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Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
I have been offered a middle manager role at the large org that I am at. I am debating taking it. I am currently manager of a small team but have been offer a larger role to build another larger team.

It’s a great career bump for me but I have also heard as a tech person you never want to go into middle management.

For those that are middle management, what are the pros and cons of your role?
This post was edited on 4/17 at 6:21 am


KG6
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re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
I'm not familiar with your company structure, but are you happy staying at your low level management position for the rest of your career? Middle management may suck, but it's the next step to higher management positions. Where I work, it's not like you can skip it. Its definitely the least financial reward for the headaches you gain, but it's more about the exposure for your next step. And where I'm at, if you are offered something and turn it down, you are in the doghouse as far as getting offers for a while. You have to let them know when you are or aren't currently interested in moving in the company in advance. Once they offer, you better take it. But I realize all companies differ.


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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
Pro and Con: You're halfway to upper management.
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Spirit of Dunson
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re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
What do you consider middle management? I know it depends on the size of your company, but what are we talking about here? 10k company and you being a senior manager? Or 100k company and you being a VP?


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BitBuster
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re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
IT management has to be one of the worst jobs on the planet. You are hated from above and below. If you are already managing and like it, you have to take the bump otherwise you'll be stuck there forever.


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Epic Cajun
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Member since Feb 2013
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re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
quote:

It’s a great career bump for me but I have also heard as a tech person you never want to go into middle management.

I think this depends upon how stable your company is. I know at my company, middle management has been changed several times over the last few years.


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The Spleen
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re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
Pros: More money


Cons: Middle management is some of the most soul crushing work out there.


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lilsnappa
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re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
You control of all of things Executive management doesn't want to deal with, but at the same time you have no control of what's actually happening in the business.

You exist to keep the ship moving forward, but don't get to steer.


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EA6B
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re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
Cant think of any positives, you have to deal with all the crap below you, but your hands are always tied by those above you.


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deeprig9
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
Age, family situation, type of business, backround within the org, all variables.



crazycubes
Member since Jan 2016
4580 posts

re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
Pro: this is an opening to work your way up
Con: that analogy on driving but not steering


meansonny
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ATL
Member since Sep 2012
7873 posts

re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
Pros: upward mobility
Cons: lack of control. If you do well, you can get moved to an underperforming area to "right the ship". Do poorly, and you can be stagnant in your career until you leave the company.


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oklahogjr
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re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
if you want to advance take it and deal. if you hate it you have a solid record of moving up to leverage into a new company. if you can deal its thr only path upwards typically


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lsufanintexas
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2006
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re: Pros and cons of being a middle manager?
I decided not to take the role. Found out it wouldn’t actually be a promotion but a lateral move. So no bump in pay, no new title, but more responsibilities. No thanks.


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