Matej Latin did a survey of designers who quit their jobs and discovered:
- No career progression opportunities and unhappiness with the work they do were about equal, at about 20% each.
- Problems with company culture came next.
- A lack of UX maturity was third followed by salary, poor relationships with management, and misalignment with company values.
Matej was surprised by two other findings: “designers don’t have problems with a lack of speed anymore, and they want the possibility to work remotely.” Also, “Design generalists are happier with the work they do.”
Some good questions set aside for future consideration:
Does seniority of designers correlate with UX maturity of a company? If yes, how? Why are more senior designers less happy with the work they do? Is the UX industry as a whole becoming top-heavy? What will happen to all these senior designers who can’t get promoted?