Remember the letter from the reader who had been waiting for a promised raise and promotion for three years? To make matters worse, she had recently agreed to take on new work in exchange for a title bump and then ended up getting told that she would’t be getting the title bump after all. Here’s her update:
I wanted to update you on this whole thing. I immediately went and spoke to my boss about the change in the terms of my accepting the new work. She told me she understood where I was coming from, but that our VP (her boss) had rejected the title change. I decided I would continue to work on the project but continue the job search. I started that evening. In an unbelievable stroke of luck, a great fit for me came up right away. I applied on a Monday, interviewed on Wednesday and had accepted the job by the following Tuesday. I gave my notice at work and everyone, including my boss, was shocked. She told me to expect a counter offer.
A week went by before the counter offer came directly from the VP, who I was told originally turned down my promotion. When I rejected the counter offer, the VP asked if I could meet directly with him before I left. He let me know that he was worried about the department and wanted to know what insight I could offer. (As an aside, another colleague resigned the day after I did, and that meant 1/4 of the department had resigned in under a month.)
My last day, I spent about 30 minutes with the VP who asked me a lot of questions about the department and directly why I was leaving. I let him know that I had found a great opportunity, but that I was also concerned with what I perceived as the organization going back on its promises to me. Long story short, he was shocked that the organization would be making promises of titles, etc and asked who had rejected it. I danced around it a bit, but he pushed me and I eventually told him that I was told he was the reason for the rejection of the promotion. He told me straight out that it wasn’t true. It was a strange position to be in and while I wish the organization well, it was just one in a long line of situations that was totally toxic. I don’t know where it went from there with my boss and the VP. They have a lot of stuff to work through in the department, so I don’t know how high on the list a former employee is.
My new job so far is fantastic. I love it. So, alls well that ends well I suppose. Thank you to you and to all the commentors for the great advice.