Author Topic: So, what's going on with my promotion? UPDATE #11, OP #34, UPDATE #36!  (Read 3756 times)

Hanna

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Re: So, what's going on with my promotion? UPDATE #11
« Reply #30 on: September 25, 2018, 12:51:04 pm »
Right JEM, but what you wrote sounded like you were indicating that only billable people can have a business impact.  Even in a law firm, someone in a support department or role can implement changes that result in large cost savings for the firm. Small changes to credit card processing methods, for instance, can net thousands in reduced processing fees. 

The fact that colleagues who do the same work as JPCher have previously been promoted would indicate that it's possible in her role to do what is needed to get a promotion.

I suspect from what the new lady said that this is just a bad time within the business and it will not be considered.


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Re: So, what's going on with my promotion? UPDATE #11
« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2018, 04:54:17 am »
This is a very odd and frustrating situation. Clearly, either Karla or Kathy are blatantly lying to your face. I know you don't have a contact number or email for Karla, but is there any way you could track her down online, maybe through LinkedIn?

I get that you like your job overall, and feel too "old" to be changing jobs, but honestly if this were me, I'd be so pee'ed off that I'd refuse to stay out of principle. At the very least, I'd put my resume out there, to see if I get any nibbles.

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Re: So, what's going on with my promotion? UPDATE #11
« Reply #32 on: October 08, 2018, 06:07:15 am »
I have to admit that I'd be pretty upset, too, and would be putting out feelers just to see what else is out there.  It's nice to know what your options are. Sometimes that's left me with a new appreciation for my current position, sometimes not.  Although I seem to change jobs every 5-6 years, I can understand the value of staying in the same place long term.  But if you're not feeling valued, it might be time to start looking.  These days, very few people stay in one place for their whole career and unfortunately, it seems that changing companies is the only way to get a decent raise and/or advance.  Those who stay in place get smaller raises, in my experience.  I think it's foolish for companies to not work harder to reward their loyal employees, but that seems to be the way of the world these days.
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Re: So, what's going on with my promotion? UPDATE #11
« Reply #33 on: October 08, 2018, 05:37:28 pm »
I wonder if looking for a new job will make you feel more empowered generally.
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Thank you all for keeping up with this thread . . . I appreciate your thoughts about looking for a new job, just seeing what's out there, because those are excellent points that you bring up. But I'm not going to leave my company. So I have to do what's best for me during my remaining years.


Last week I had to write up my own review. Kathy doesn't know us ("us" meaning Karla's other direct reports) so she wanted us to self-evaluate. Ugh! I'm not one to toot my own horn. I went into this dreading the task because I didn't want to sound like I'm bragging. I'm humble like that. ::)

However (okay, I'll brag here ;)) going through my "Kudos" folder (I keep comments from customers, etc.) I realized that I received 8! bonus awards since last January. One was from an admin with the comment 'Thank you so much for completing this task in record time. You always come through with last minute notices. I appreciate everything you do for us.' ($25 bonus) but others came from directors and even the CEO of my division (much higher $$$ rewards). It's not the money, but the words on the awards is what touched me.

Reading through those comments on the awards . . . empowered me. (Thanks, Toots, for that word. ;)) The comments excited me, reminded me why I still work here . . . customer satisfaction. Comments were not only how I did a great job but stated facts on how I impacted the project.

I included 4 of the top quotes in my self-review along with a few statements of what I've accomplished (giving proof and using words from the next level job description ;)) along with what I'm looking forward to achieving in the next year.

So I think I'm on the right track . . . Keeping Kathy informed as to what I'm doing, allowing her to form her own opinion of me and, most important, satisfying my customers.



Just keep swimming . . .  ;D
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Good for you! 

I absolutely hate self evaluations because they put us in such an uncomfortable spot. I'm glad you had your kudos folder to fall back on. I totally understand why you would want to stay put. I hope Kathy comes to see how valuable you are to the company.  Even if she doesn't, if you can find a way to be happy where you are, That's all that really matters 😊.

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I received the BEST annual review today from Kathy. ;D

Since my last post Kathy has moved on to bigger and better things beginning Jan 1 of this year. Terry is now my manager. Terry was direct report to Karla, managing a team of designers, etc. from our headquarters (mentioned in my OP). Terry was in on the phone call with Kathy.

Kathy has seen my work for the past year. Boy-oh-boy (I told you she was a talker ;)) she kept talking about how wonderful I am, the things I've accomplished, the glowing comments she's received from my customers (from admins up to CEO), scheduling the workflow, and how I received the most bonuses amongst all my peers (only 5 this year instead of 8 last year LOL), etc.

I was very flattered and impressed. I told her thank you very much for those words. It means a lot to me. Kathy said "Your work shines. It helps us be a better team."

WOW!

Then she went on to say that she rated me as "Excellent" which is the highest rating and apologized for no documentation earlier (she didn't get into specifics but I knew what she meant), said that I was doing all the work of the next grade level and told me that I should pursue a promotion.

I'm very happy that Terry was in on the conversation. Now I need to get in contact with her for a 1:1 to discuss. I'm not going to rush into it because promotions are mid-year things, but I'll send her an email next week asking if we could talk about how to proceed. She's been my manager for only a month but she's been in on the weekly team meetings we had with Kathy for the past year, so she knows my work.

At least, this time, I have documentation from Kathy (put into our employee record system).


Keep on swimming! ;D
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This is the BEST update!!! Congratulations on the glowing review; it sounds like it was way overdue, but that Kathy understands that. I hope that Terry will continue the momentum for you. But either way, it sounds like by keeping focused on your work that you have won an advocate in Kathy! Way to go!!!

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Well, at least you know that it wasn’t Kathy who was lying to you.