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Signs your company is bad for your UX career

Peter Urfer
Oct 16 · 5 min read

Your UX career might be in jeopardy without you taking notice. You might be working on a project you feel strongly about, with the best teammates ever, have the most generous snack bar, and the most beautiful commute through a botanical garden where you’re greeted by doe-eyed squirrels munching on their morning snack.

In short, you are happy with work. But be cautious that these feel-good perks might prevent you from advancing in your career. And, unless you can guarantee 100% job security, your career should take precedence. Therefore never settle. Stay focused and nimble. And if you encounter any of the following situations, you should update your portfolio and get ready to run for higher grounds!


No regular releases

Does not revisit completed projects

Doesn’t do user feedback

Sits on old technology

Skips steps of the design process

Does everything in secret

Doesn’t cultivate positive feedback rounds

Copies too much


All is not lost

If you find there is a willingness to adapt, you might keep your sneakers stored under your desk and assist your company in achieving the UX maturity that helps elevate the business and yourself.


Of course, if your job lacks a process, you can always make up for it with side projects or advanced training — though those are luxuries not everyone can afford. But you can sell yourself a whole lot better if you can present a thorough case study on projects you did on your day job.

So, if you care about where you want to end up careerwise, do not let the wrong incentives guide your path. Don’t get too comfortable; your professional growth is the most important asset you’ll be taking with you. Job security no longer exists in this day and age. Find yourself a place that allows you to do your best work.


Thanks for reading. Do add your thoughts and experiences on this in the comments. If you have any other points that fit this list, let me know, and I’ll include them with a shoutout.

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Experienced UX/UI Designer • Thinker • Scaler of complex issues • Advocate of systems • Patron of details • Hobbyists writer • Dad

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