I'm in a situation where I've ended up in a firm that wasn't quite what I thought or was hoping it would be, and I'm not entirely sure what to do.
I started at a very small real estate PE/development firm a few months ago. Background was 3 years Big Four (audit and corp fin) and then 2 years at a DCM boutique. I really enjoyed what I did at my previous role at the DCM boutique, however the pay and the atmosphere there was horrible.
I had to get out fast as I was approaching a step up in my notice period (from 1 to 3 months) on my contract so I took the first place that offered me a job. The firm seemed interesting, looked to work on cool projects, and my role was meant to be that of an investment analyst, so I thought I'd be modelling new projects, negotiating financing, working on acquisitions.
Unfortunately it turns out that 90-95% of my time is spent on dealing with operational stuff. Dealing with invoices, payments, tracking budgets, compliance reporting for banks, even dealing with accounting (albeit no ledger entries). The very stuff that I left audit several years ago to escape I've now unwittingly been looped back into. And although I have the skills to do it, it bores me to death.
Only about 5-10% of my time is spent on the cool interesting stuff that I really want to do, the rest is just operational boredom.
As I've only been there a few months, I'm a bit wary of jumping ship this early as it won't look good on my CV. And there's meant to be a mid year bonus coming soon that I'd like to get my hands on. However I am not happy here. As the firm is very very small, there is no junior I can pass the more menial tasks on to. It is really just me and that's it. There will never be a promotion, I only have a bonus to look forward to and that is all.
What would you do in my situation?