OK folks of the pub, I need to vent, rant, and otherwise let off some steam. I've been at my current company for just shy of 4 years, to work in the finance department associated with some pretty cool strategic projects. This change involved moving cross-country (from MN to OR), and a large part of what made my choice for me was the hiring manager, who is an amazingly intelligent woman. Roughly 3 months post-hire, she was recruited to work in our business side, away from finance, and I stayed behind. The following 3 years were difficult for me, as we turned over leadership from the more strategic-focused to very transactional plan/budget/forecast, which is completely counter to my areas of focus. Fast forward to last November, when my old manager reaches out to me to come work on her new team, doing *drumroll please* - large, strategic work. High amounts of executive visibility, challenging work, so on and so forth. In the time that I was in finance while she was in the business, she was responsible for a large number of big projects, so I had reason to believe that this was in store for me. Additionally, she recruited me with the intent that I take over one of the teams in the following 12 months, as we get the program stood up. In the meantime, I'd be what amounts to a management consultant for our VP and C-level folks, trying to bring some strategic guidance to big goals. Now, fast forward to today - due to a large executive "whoopsie" where we made an implementation decision prior to having an idea of what we're implementing, I'm now a firefighting project manager trying to figure out HOW we get out of this mess. This is effectively comprised of creating solution ideas, bringing them to stakeholders and then having to delete them due to either system or operational constraints. Neither strategic nor interesting, but challenging, yes. I've had multiple conversations with my manager about the fact that this isn't really the work that we're supposed to be doing, but our organization is structured in such a way that things like this will likely continue to happen and proving that we can solve things may wind up only earning us more of this work. Given my past experience with being sold one thing and then handed another, I'm really struggling to see just how to see this through. What's a challenge, however, is that this place isn't without some benefits - my hours are reasonable, pay is good for what I am doing (although I'm 2-3 titles and matching salary behind where I should be given 9 years of healthcare experience and being 5 years post-MBA), and my manager is still great. It's just that the rest of the organization is in upheaval and that is something that neither I nor my manager are able to control at this point. Anyhow, rant over. Is it time for a happy hour yet?