Should I tell management that I want to leave?
I've been at the present role for the past three years and I have mostly lost interest in it. I want to change direction and move to a different position and likely even company/location.
I am contemplating whether I should let my managers know about it in advance or just drop the bombshell after I've closed a deal with another employer.
What do you suggest?
Here's some relevant data on my situation:
1. Working for a Fortune 100 company as a first line manager in engineering
2. Tired of the position, the location and even some of the people around me.
3. I'm doing a good job, showing satisfaction, my boss really likes me and naively thinks I'm quite happy
4. Not really interested in any role in our present department (i.e. none of the "natural" promotions appeal to me).
5. Interested in changing direction to something with more marketing and customer orientation. I gently expressed this desire to my boss a few times in the past but it doesn't seem to make any difference (i.e. never heard back)
6. I am secretly interviewing at other places for interesting positions of the type I want. It's going well (many thanks to the interviewing series). I'm confident that I can find a suitable position/offer at another company anytime within the next 6 months and possibly much earlier. When that happens, I'll take it with both hands
7. As long as I don't have another job, I'd much rather work at my present place than stay at home (+ the pay is good).
8. I am really valuable to my boss and company. If I leave on a short term notice (i.e. < 1 quarter) it would leave a huge gap. The successor I fostered (my direct) was just promoted by my boss without giving me much of a say. None of my other directs are interested in a management position. This also means that until further notice I am "stuck" in my present position. That's a great incentive for me to leave this company and let them deal with the results of their poor talent management.