I am trying to understand where my career could go in the near future; I have no experience of big organisations and I work in a small company where I am a specialist with no formal responsibilities.
(Edit: my role involves developing software for analysing clinical data. When I started this job I bought the servers, wrote the pipelines, created processes and data policies, etc.)
My company is a small startup which likes acquisitions. We have several senior managers who are under 40 years old and were C-level managers of some small startups we acquired. We will probably acquire a software development company in the near future; if this goes like the last few times, this acquisition will bring in:
- Chief Informatics Officer
- President of Software Development
- VP of...
- Director of...
History says that my next steps up the ladder are being kept warm for others. My question is: when one wants to develop his/her career in situations like this (small startups making acquisitions), is it worth staying, and why?
(I don't expect arbitrary solutions, I am hoping for common knowledge like "when companies merge they always create redundancies")