Hi everyone, so many of you ladies are so accomplished that I know you will have good advice. I'm in marketing/PR and have been working in a small firm for about seven months. I'm thinking of leaving, however, because it is extremely clear that there is no way to grow in this firm... there simply isn't a need for me to expand my role, plus, a small firm does not have room to promote or the money for consistant raises. However, I get along freakishly well with one of the partners who is my immediate boss. I really enjoy his company and like him as a person. No kidding, he has literally searched years to find a person he can "click" with to fulfill this role. Prior to arrive, my tasks were split between other members of the firm to do in bits and pieces. I also really like the other people I work with (except one man, which is pretty decent odds in my opinion) and we socialize frequently outside of work. I remember upon being hired that my boss was very paranoid I would leave. He used to tell everyone they had better be nice to me! This in large part is because I'm sure he, too, knows that a firm like this cannot really support someone eager to grow into an advanced career... so because of that, he is really not especially eager to see my skills grow... he likes our set-up the way it is and hopes it can remain that way. The field I work in is a close-knit community, and although my firm is fairly small, everyone knows the partners and they have a lot of influence in the city of Chicago. I am apprehensive about ticking off the partner I work with by quitting too soon. The only real con to my job is that as far as I can see, there's just no room to grow. I'd rather start at a larger company and move up the ranks rather than stay in a small company and hope to end up somewhere in the middle of the ladder at a big corporation when I decide to make a move... I think the latter is a tougher situation. I'm not seriously looking for another job, but I did email a partner at a large firm I had interviewed with prior to taking a job at this firm and to my delight, he said that he would love to have lunch with me. We're having lunch this Friday. I really do not want it to seem like I'm going behind my boss's back. I also don't feel like this is really something I can speak openly to him about. Am I being too antsy? Or should I try to move to a bigger firm? I do not want it to seem like I'm unwilling to pay my dues (trust me, I am PAYING at this current firm, and I don't mind... I can handle the 70 hours a week and the grudge work on top) but I don't want to pay them forever! Thanks so much for any advice you can give me.