I started a new job about 6 weeks ago. Though it's difficult to point to a single reason, I don't like going to work. On one hand I want to give the job a fair chance and realize that things do change. On the other hand, some of my concerns seem like things that wont change.
A lot of the technology and equipment we use is old, outdated and no longer supported. There's a higher degree of bureaucracy than I expected. For example there's a rule that you need to ask the receptionist's permission before taking a new pen or other office supplies. Some people just stand there if she's not at her desk. Though everyone's has been cordially nice, I find there's a feeling of distance. Not once has anyone talked about any personal activities or hobbies. I think some people believe it makes them look like they are working harder by not talking? Honestly I almost find it rude when I tell someone I'm working with I am new and all they say is "hi" without giving some background about themselves. I find the physical building to be depressing. There are no windows and the brick walls just look ugly to me. (As an aside, I find I often have trouble communicating things like this to other people, for example I told my friend and he said "well if that's the worst then the job doesn't sound bad". But often times when people see for themselves something I tried to describe, they come back with "I see! You're right!"). As a positive there is a high amount of job security and the benefits are good.
My question is how long should a person give a job a chance before deciding to quit? On one hand if I quit very soon then I could just leave it off my resume. If I take too long there would be a gap. What’s the minimum amount of time to stick with a job so it doesn’t look like you’re hoping around, I’m guessing 6-12 months? It seems like the recommend length to stay at a job is 2 years.