I am a QA Engineer since end of 2013. I was made responsible for performance testing even though I don't have the background or feeling with the position.
Rewind 1 year ago. The main task of my job has become performance testing, but I felt I didn't have feeling with the position. During my performance review I've explained my ambition towards UI/UX design work. It is something that I feel comfortable doing and really want to dive into. I've explained that the company didn't really have a face, an identity. It just produces products that does what it functionally is meant to do, but nothing more than that. Not had a thought who is going to use it and how it will be perceived by the users. There's no design at all and no identity in which you can clearly tell it's a product of this company. The UI/UX design aspect of the job doesn't exist in our department. So suggested I want to do this to improve the quality of the products and the identity of the company.
My boss asked me if they recruited a person to do my performance testing, I would be willing to do more UI/UX design tasks? I agreed.
So in the following couple of months I did get some UI/UX design tasks (alongside my performance testing job), which I completed succesfully. Developers who worked together with me on the project were happy with the end result. My boss told me as well he was pleased quoting: "What's done great, must be mentioned!" and I was happy with the opportunity they gave me. The signs of better times ahead or is it?
Fast forward 1 year later. After that successful project I worked on, I started to get a few small tasks here and there, mostly small design changes that were needed for that specific project, but then it sort of ended.
I continued my performance testing and was thinking when I would get more UI/UX related tasks. By then they've hired a new QA Engineer. So I thought, finally someone to do performance testing, so I can concentrate on UI/UX! Next QA meeting, my boss tells us that the new guy knew things about security. He also has UI/UX knowledge because his girlfriend studies Psychology. Yes! This is the turning point. From there on then, no UI/UX tasks anymore for me. The new guy isn't going to do performance testing either. I remained doing what I was doing before: Performance Testing.
In a time gap of 6 months, they've recruited 2 web designers who basically also worked on the UI/UX design and creating new web applications. I've also noticed the term UI and UX are used far more often nowadays on the floor. Funniest thing of all is my boss became an UI/UX design expert overnight. We had a CSS 101 course for those who were interested what the language could do. For me of course, it's basic stuff that isn't new to me. I remember right at that time, the project team I worked with asked me to rethink a different colour scheme, because it was going to be released for a new client. So I did and I got feedback from the team on some areas that could be better color wise and thus adapted my design color scheme and handed over to the developers. What I didn't know was that my boss had adapted my color scheme and demanded the developers to use a different main color, in which they followed wisely. Later I found out, so I confronted my boss and asked why he changed it without letting me know. He just thought his idea was better. My boss is a micro manager, which could be the reason he's taking control of all this.
Since then I didn't get any related work anymore. Everything about UI/UX design of the web applications is now decided by the web designers and developers. Often my boss is called over to give an opinion and feedback on what he thinks is better. My opinions isn't asked.
Now I'm not sure what to do. My performance review for this year is in September.
I'm not sure what options I have now, but this is what I think of the situation:
- My boss does not want me to get out of my current position.
- Seeming he likes to micro manage, he wants to keep the UI/UX job away from me, so he can be the go to guy for it and be called the expert.
Which made me think I should...
- Confront my boss that he's ignoring my talents and ambitions
- Move on and find a new job
Am I thinking correct?