I need advice on how honest to be in an exit interview.
August 6,2021 at 3:37PM UTC
I'm moving from a director level job to a VP level at another startup. It's a big bump up in pay and the new team seems excellent but neither of those are the true reasons I'm leaving.
I love my team at my current job and the company and products are promising, however, it's a company run by nearly all men with all recent executive hires over the last year being men. In fact, one of the most recent VP hires in my department was made without even opening the search. Of course, the new hire is a man that someone knew and had worked with before (total old boys network). That one was a deciding factor for me as it truly showed the lack of any commitment to diversity in leadership at this company. It also showed that they would continue to bring outside leaders in (as has been the case throughout the recent exec team hires) rather than promoting anyone from within.
So, the truth is that I'm leaving because I work in a misogynistic environment where I don't see any opportunity for female leadership. I made a mistake in accepting a director level role at this company when I'd been a VP before and trusting that there would be an opportunity to move back up quickly. I'm going to a promising company founded by a woman, with diversity and inclusion a core tenet of the company.
My philosophy in exit interviews has always been to not burn bridges on my way out. In this case, I'm not sure how much to say. I'm sure our HR person (female) would know exactly what I'm saying but it will most likely fall on deaf male ears with the executive team. Any thoughts?
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