Leaving Murex, that’s often a topic that comes back at the coffee machine. I think it is in people’s nature to consider all options and ensure that they always keep doors open. But some are more willing to jump ship, I think it is important to know why you want to leave and consider what your next work place could bring you.
1. Money and work conditions
This is maybe the least relevant. Murex offers great salaries and working conditions (paid leave or other benefits). Usually people do not want to leave as they believe they won’t get as much elsewhere. Except if they decide to go for contracting jobs, which sacrifice job stability for higher incomes.
2. Career potential
This one is already a little more relevant. Murex offers great career prospective but as the company is relatively flat in structure, people can hit a cap with little perspective of going further up. Mostly career driven people tend to use Murex as a stepping stone and would not stay for long in the company.
This might happen actually, after a long time in a company, things become routine. As discussed in a previous post, Murex people enjoy being challenged. In a way, we could call this one intellectual boredom. I think it is actually a frequent cause for departure where people need the thrill of discovering something new.
4. Bad atmosphere
Because of Murex quite lengthy recruitment process, I think it is quite hard to get to a point where the atmosphere within a team or with one’s boss is too hard to bear. If it does happen, it’s best to tackle the problem directly and see what can be done to improve the situation.And if it can’t be done, I’d advise at changing team rather than changing company.
This should sum up the reasons that would push one to leave. Note that many Murexians are actually quite pessimistic about their chances of finding a job elsewhere. Given that most are actually quite brilliant and highly capable, that’s a bit sad.
When it comes to opportunities they have usually 3 main destinations:
A. Customer side (Banks, funds, …)
This is quite common especially if the person has been working with the bank for some time. Banks offer a wide range of job opportunities, along with long career opportunities. As the underlying knowledge is the same and as Murex consultants have very desirable knowledge for the bank, it is actually a great match.
B. Consulting firms
Second option is to capitalize on the Murex knowledge and move on to a consulting firm. More responsibilities, potentially more independence with a shot at being partner are the most frequent reasons for choosing that destination.
C. Other software firms
This is maybe one of the least obvious ones. I believe Murex is one of the best software vendors to work for. Going to another one only makes sense if it means a jump in career or if their software is very capable on a domain that is your passion/expertise. Otherwise the reasons that pushed you to leave Murex are likely to be even stronger there once the honeymoon period is over.
There are other destinations but they’re more on a case by case basis and very specific to people.
What about you? Did you leave Murex? Why? Where did you go? All comments and feedback welcome!