I have been a manager in a Fortune 100 semicondutor company for about 5 years and I was an individual contributor for about 10 years before that. Lately I have been feeling burnt out and have tried get a job at other high tech companies but I haven't had any luck. This is when it dawned on me that my own organization has never hired an outsider for a manager role. All the managers that are there in my organization are internal candidates who were either an individual contributor or manager for some other team. Is my perception true that it is easier to change jobs (and hence get exposed to different corporate culture, processes, and products) as an individual contributor than a manager? Should I give up on my manager job search and go back to individual contributor role in my current organization for a few years and then try to transition to a different company? I just don't want to work in this job and organization until I am ready to retire.