An old manager of mine introduced me to his former manager, who just became the CMO at a Series D startup. We chatted about a position for me that would have been a lateral move at a new company. I really liked him and told him my salary range, which was too high for the role... then he offered me a director-level role in a different function on him team that would meet my salary if the company reached the bonus potential. I was really interested because it would be more money, it would elevate me to director-level, and it would provide me with the ability to try something new in an industry (video tech) that gets me closer to my ideal industry (media, streaming, and entertainment). Even though the interviews were rushed because I had another offer on the table that I had to make a decision on ASAP, I decided to accept the job, and I felt like I was actively shaping my career for the first time in a looooong time.
Fast forward one month since I started the job, and every day I wonder if it was the right choice. I don't regret leaving my old company despite being top of my game there and loving most people since I was overworked and underpaid, but there are things about my current company's culture/vibe and its people that I just don't jam well with and I have felt very anxious and sad about the new situation I'm in. To give you context for size, the marketing team is about 5-6 people on a company of almost 200 employees, and we leverage agencies to help out as needed. The full-time employees are not people who I envision myself as friends but people who I hope to be friendly with. The company recently pivoted its focus to software instead of managed services.
I'm someone who really relies on process to stay organized, keep on deadline, and set expectations with my collaborators. I implementing a new process to curb my coworkers' efforts from adding work to my plate that was not appropriate for them to add to my plate, and more importantly to make sure I was getting the information I needed to be successful in my role. This process was modeled after a process my old teammates used who loved it because of how well it worked. It made sure we all had the information we needed at the beginning, so it saved time and helped people feel more confident in their work when collaborating. I shared it to the team with the note that the process is by no means perfect and I am open to feedback to make it better for everyone.
When I announced it, I received no real response to it except for my manager saying he "wondered how the team would react." The others on the team decided to remove me from meetings that I needed to be in, and informed me that they would give me the information as they do with everyone else, and then I can decide what I want to do with it. I set up 1:1 time with the leader of this team, and she asked to reschedule it 15 minutes before the start time despite sending it in advance. This was scary to me because I feel like I've gotten off on the wrong foot somehow even though I'm only trying to improve things. I recognize change is hard, but this response wasn't great and I need to be empowered to do the job I signed up to do somehow.
I'm planning on talking to my boss about what I've been experiencing -- because I don't feel empowered to do my job. I need his help setting expectations with these individuals and help them feel that this is a priority to work on together. I'm not sure how he will respond.
Many of my friends have told me this is just how earlier-stage startups are: disorganized. Many of my friends have recommended I stick it out for 90 days to see how/if things change. And I'm trying to keep that in mind. I'm trying to be positive. But I can't help but feel how I feel, unsettled, dreading work, a little icky. And thinking that I should have stayed at my old company waiting for something better, even though I know full well that this was my only opportunity to move to director level given my level of experience (I have 5-6 years of experience, and many jobs like this ask for 10+).
I honestly thought this company would be in a better shape because of its employee count and series D funding. I am not sure what to do. It's not like I have any leads - I'm not really interested in the company I had the other offer from because even though it was more money than what I'm making now, it would have cemented me in an industry I'm not really excited about (not convinced that's important anymore).
Meanwhile, I plastered it all over LinkedIn that I took this job because I was so excited. I wasn't expecting to feel catfished or like the challenge would be insurmountable because I've never encountered this in a role before.
Should I just stick this out? Are there any indicators I should look for to know whether to stay or leave?