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Is it OK to stick to the first company for 6-7 years?

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25 Dec 2011, 11:08
Well , I have been working for my current organization ( my only one till now ) for almost 4 years now. However , I am having mixed feelings.I still don't know , whether to feel good about it or regret that I am one of those very few who hasn't switched companies within 4 years ?

How is this perceived by employers and adcomms ? Do they look down upon a candidate as someone who settled for security/comfort-zone and never opted to take chance or do the employers/adcomms give respect to the candidate for sticking to a path , staying loyal to the organisation and opting to grow organically within the organisation ?

I want to get some perspective from people who have stayed in their organisations for 6+ years ? It will help me decide whether I should look out for better opportunity or stick to the current growth path.I do feel ,that in another 2-3 years , I can improve significantly in role and responsibilty , but I don't want that at the cost of putting my MBA candidacy/profile at a disadvantage/risk .
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27 Dec 2011, 23:07
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Simply put, if you have 2 to 3 promotions/ rotational roles in the organisation it is an advantage.

If its the same role for 6 years, then you are toast.

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25 Dec 2011, 12:44
6 years at mine. I will let you know how it goes after March. I spoke with a very reputable admission consultant about that same thing and she said that it is favorably looked upon, especially given the economy for the last few years. On the other hand, if you want to go into marketing, and you work in insurance, I would think a move to marketing now would make more sense that staying at the same company, just so you can say that you have been there for 6 years. Just my .02. but hope it helps.

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26 Dec 2011, 06:32
Whenever you have such questions. Always ask yourself can you defend it? if yes then the adcoms will definitely take it in positive way. Whatever you talk, write, or show them always have a good + reason, whether it is frequent job switch or long term stay with the company.
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26 Dec 2011, 09:20
I don't see any reason for the adcom to view this negatively. If anything, this should help your case when you're interviewing for post-mba jobs. Most employers look to hire for the long term, and tend to avoid the "fly by night" candidates
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26 Dec 2011, 10:20
Hm , so I guess sticking long term in an organization is a good thing. But is there a maximum in terms of the no. of years you should stick with a company ?
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26 Dec 2011, 20:01
thisiszico2006 wrote:
But is there a maximum in terms of the no. of years you should stick with a company ?
Nope, not as long as there's been growth i.e. new projects & responsibilties, over the years
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27 Dec 2011, 09:30
rasta wrote:
thisiszico2006 wrote:
But is there a maximum in terms of the no. of years you should stick with a company ?
Nope, not as long as there's been growth i.e. new projects & responsibilties, over the years

Exactly U should have a reason to defend your long stay by stating how well you progressed in your organization.
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02 Jan 2012, 09:08
@ Anasthaesium,

Thanks for the simplification . +1
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