I am a data scientist in a big company (10K employees).
I have to say I appreciate my job (for now) and leaving is not my preferred solution, even though it's in scope.
So, in the last 2 years, I built from scratch a brand new internal Data Product for my company. A few Data Science colleagues helped here and there, but :
I am the only one completely mastering the pipeline behind from A to Z (and it's not just an algorithm on the shelf)
This deep knowledge allow me to design very relevant and innovative data studies for my company, and I've done it 100+ times now
I am now the most experienced in the company on the scope adressed by the tool, almost becoming as expert as my expert colleagues the tool is supposed to assist.
My company is pleased with the current situation because the tool proves useful, and they have been really nice to me which is a great advantage of being a useful bottleneck, but I slowly realize that being a bottleneck comes with drawbacks too.
In particular :
They won't fight hard to give me career progress, as I am really useful where I am...
The tool still has much untapped potential, it could be used by 10 times more people within the company, could be more automated, I have untapped awesome R&D ideas, etc etc... but I just lack time and resources to do all this while spreading it in such a large organization. I was alone when the tool went from 0 to 1, and it was fine, but it becomes frustrating to see no one is able to help me make the tool go from 1 to 10.
Do you have any experience to share where someone in a IT position was a bottleneck and managed to get past the time trap ("have no time to improve current situation") ?
Edit : N+1 has been in the exact same position for the past 10 years, sees the results of the tool, finds it great, but he has no team vision, does not like his management role (prefers being hands-on things than manage people stuff), unfortunately has very few technical skills, so all in all he feels clueless when it comes to help me. N+2 is almost the same, and N+3 is the CEO.