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I’ve worked for the same shop for 30+ years. I’ve always been well above average in all measures of performance, and received a number of promotions, bonuses, recognitions… Have been in management, and currently hold a pretty high-level and very well-paid position.
In February, I applied for 2 higher level management positions. These applications required some time and effort, tons of info, multiple essays, etc. These jobs would have involved no increase in pay. One would involve relocation, and the other a considerably longer commute. Both would involve greater stress, more travel, and longer hours.
The e-mail submission went into a black hole. No “Thank you for expressing interest…” e-mail. No invitation to interview or request for additional info. Personnel decisions move at a glacial pace around here, but yesterday, I decided to check if any info was available on-line. Of the 2 positions, 1 was still listed as “vacant”, and the incumbent in the other was still listed as “Acting”. For the hell of it, I sent a polite e-mail too the personnel guru at HQ - someone who, in the past, has at least responded to my e-mails. I received the terse response, “Selections have been made for both positions.”
Having worked here as long as I have, I expected nothing else. I generally assume that pre-selections have been made before positions such as these are even posted. As high as I’ve risen, for whatever reason I accept that I’m not considered welcome into the innermmost sanctum. But as jaded as I might be, each new indignity still imparts the slightest sting. Especially when management is always on us to do more and better, to extend courtesy to everyone, and to be evermore professional.
My wife foolishly said that, even if I didn’t think I’d be selected for these positions, it was worthwhile to express an interest, in case other opportunities arise. I doubt there is any merit to that.
Just wondering if everyone’s employers are equally respectful of longtime employees expressing interest in advancing their careers.