Lots. You won’t believe this story. If I didn’t know the person, I wouldn’t believe this story. It’s a head shaker, for sure.
I was contacted by someone who works outside my organization, asking for some career advice. I met her for coffee and brought along a copy of her resume to review, offer some tips, perhaps talk about job seeking. She has what could be viewed as a very nice job now; she has been in her current roll for about five years and is ready for something different.
I asked her about her current employer. They are a large area employer with several locations. Seems there would be lots of opportunity and availability to move up the ladder. Or at least try another ladder. Before looking externally, I suggested that she look internally. And I asked her about opportunities for promotion. What she said stunned me. She didn’t know.
I thought my hearing failed me. Not only did she not know what opportunities there were within the company, she wasn’t ALLOWED to know because she wasn’t a manager or a salaried employee.
Seriously. Only managers (salaried folks) are allowed to see what jobs are available. Should you have a benevolent, encouraging or invested manager, you may get a peek at the jobs. If you have a manager who doesn’t want to deal with the time, effort and energy of replacing you, you are hosed. In a big way.
Wow. Who runs a company like this? Of course, I asked about HR. Call the HR department. (I should have known better). Nope, they won’t help. Only the important people have access to that information.
Condescending. Arrogant. Patronizing. I am sure that there are other words. We spent our coffee time on other area employers. As talented as she is, I think she will be better off.
Just when I think that I have seen it all, I haven’t.