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What’s wrong with this company?

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.

Huh?

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.

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