Views on Job Hopping

Hello, everyone!

I would like to know your views on Job Hopping. 

The days when someone could expect to start working and grow in a single company, working there up until retirement, are long gone.

Greatly because companies have been capping employee growth both in terms of positions and salaries through fixed policies that force the best ones to get out of the company in order to grow their career. 

This may be beneficial for the company in terms of numbers, since company will be absorbing value that should have gone to the employees. But what about the long run? 

Is this fixed growth structure capturing value from employees in the best interest of the company? Isn't HR the one most benefiting from this trend since they manage internal workloads through fixed policies, force employees out and then get high bonuses from new hires?

What do you think of this trend? 

Would you job hop in order to grow your career?

What time-frame would you follow to job hop and get the best results?

Looking forward to your inputs.

Have a great day!

  • I've been with my company for almost 11 years now--it's noted as one of the best places to work in my state. Being here so long means I now get 20+ vacation days a year because we base it off length of service. I've also built up like 90 sick days or something ridiculous like that. So staying where I'm at and taking the 2-3% salary bump each year might not be "maximizing my earning potential" like job hopping would, but I've also built rapport with co-workers and management.

    However, a good problem we have is that we've built up so much talent in this company and very few people actually leave the management/executive roles. When these roles begin opening up due to retirements, all of the other talented in-house candidates I'll be competing might make it difficult to continue any aspirations at higher positions.

  • It depends on your field, but even if you find a job with a retirement package, they could fire you a year before you retire. This happened in my city to an older woman who had one more year to go before retirement. Her employer (the city) blamed it on cutbacks due to covid, but then they hired someone new with her job title. So there's no reason to stay in a job if you're only there for the retirement package. Job hopping is perfectly acceptable as long as you are moving on up, and not taking a job with a lower salary and less benefits. The company might benefit from it too but that might be why they don't offer incentives for employees to stay. I wouldn't see anything wrong with job hopping, but try to stay at each job for atleast 1 year so it doesn't look like you simply have issues holding a job. 

  • I think HR should be downsized to the absolute minimum  and the people that actually design and manufacture the goods and services sold should be put in charge of the company. Bureaucrats, governance officers and middle managers should all be fired. In others words return to how companies were structured when The United States of America was the industrial leader of the entire world. Newer is NOT always better. Many, many times it is actually WORSE!

  • Job hopping can be beneficial for you in some aspects, specifically if you are hoping to grow your career which can be very helpful to you. Personally, my views are that someone should stick with a job several months to even a year if possible before they decide to change. Because if you are constantly changing jobs that will not reflect well on you. 
    As another person posted it mostly depends more on what field you are working in, if you can advance higher then go for it.

  • It really depends on your goal and field. In a fast-moving industry, it makes sense to job hop because, in a way, everyone benefits from it. But say, you're in a niche field like watchmaking for example, job hopping would be the worst thing you'd want to do as the company probably is small and the industry is tight. If you're happy where you are, then being loyal to a company will benefit you in the long run. I've got a friend who's mum had been with a company for so long that the boss personally knows and acknowledges her and basically pay for a lot of their expenses.

    However, do run a quick check on who your bosses and HR are to estimate how likely they are to suddenly become a bad person. You obviously don't want to be dumb enough to be loyal to a crook-like hiring system.

    Job-hop, I'd say, follow a 1-2 year time-frame for growth in position titles and cash, but then again nowadays many titles are heavily inflated, so be careful.

  • I have been thinking a lot about this recently. I have been in my current position for over 9 years. During this time I have seen a number of peers and mentors come and go. It seems to me that the easiest way to increase your salary or climb the ladder quickly is to hop between jobs. I have considered it plenty for the increased pay, but i also genuinely like my job and worry that i would not like it if i were to go elsewhere. I hit my 10 year mark next year and am going to push for a raise, and I plan to make my decision after that. 

  • The truth is as Boomers retire, more and more positions open that cannot be filled by younger generations. There is just not enough of them (this is another reason that Social Security benefits are in jeopardy because they are paid to retirees by the monies from the current workforce's salary deductions). So, the job hopping trend will probably increase because today's and tomorrow's workforce knows that if they don't like their boss, salary, working conditions, etc, they can just walk down the street and get another position that is more to their liking. 

    I believe to a hiring supervisor or manager, less than six months at a position might be a red flag that the problem was you and not the conditions. And, a lot of benefits at companies don't even kick in by six months.  

  • Stay long enough to accomplish some goals and learn something.  Jump for better money and learning more (or stay for same reason). Companies look after themselves... so should you.

  • The truth is there is no "perfect" answer to this question because as long as businesses are run by people (so forever), there will never be a perfect job market system. I do agree with a lot of the comments here that there is nothing inherently wrong with job hopping if you think the new place and job you are moving to will genuinely offer you better opportunities for growth and development than your current position. I'd also recommend waiting at least a year before moving too quickly unless there's a valid, understandable reason (aside from simply more money) for moving. Of course, if the place you are currently at is not a healthy environment either, as is my case right now, then that is also a perfectly valid reason to move. 

    It's hard though because while it's much easier to job hop in the current market environment, I believe that's going to calm down over the next year or more and pretty soon companies will not be scrambling to hire as many as they are now. That's just my feelings on the matter. 

    Good luck! 

  • Weigh your options very carefully. An immediate bump in pay may be great in the short term but not in the long term. You have to look at the job package as a whole.