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I'm trying to decide when the best time to move on from my current job is. I started two years ago, full-time. I moved to another city for this job to improve my skill-set and get an increase in pay. My skill-set is strongly improved.
The biggest problem for me is that the company is only a couple of people. The owner, myself, and a fairly new employee - only hired about a month and a half or so ago. We had another guy here, but he left about 3 months ago.
I feel that my skills have improved enough that I could easily find other employment (I get frequent offers from headhunters for a lot more money - I am paid at only about the 15th percentile for my field and the last starting offer an employer offered was about 1.5x what I'm making now, with three weeks of vacation), or easily branch off into my own business (I have a large chunk of money saved up and could live off of savings for months or even a year if I budgeted correctly). I feel the company culture doesn't encourage vacation days - I haven't taken more than one or two in the past two years. I certainly could, but it's such a tiny company that any time I took off would be damaging to the company I feel.
So I'm not in an optimal situation, but I don't have any animosity towards my employer at all. I just want to figure out the most tactful, helpful way to exit without totally screwing the owner over. Simply put, I don't see any more real growth at this company.
How do I exit in the best way possible? My current goal was spending a few months training the new guy before quitting.
Am I wrong in feeling like I'm abandoning the owner?