Hi Everyone !
I am looking for some advice regarding recent employment issues.
I started at this company 3.5 years ago with roughly 2 years experience. The company was going through immense change, and I showed up as someone willing to take on more responsibility and leadership.after 1 year, I had been promoted from an associate to a manager, and I was feeling food as I hired and onboarded (for the first time in my professional life) new hires, trained them, and was having record breaking success on our team KPIs. I was getting a lot of recognition and had high visibility in the company for those first years.
in late 2018, my colleague another manager went on maternity leave- because it’s a small/mid sized company (about 209 people) my manager said they didn’t have time to fill in a temp - and that I would take on her roles while she was gone. Flash forward 3 months, and my boss, the chief marketing manager (20 years my senior) wife has cancer. Suddenly he was only able to work about 50% time, and was giving me nearly all of HIS tasks. I began running a high level weekly meeting presenting business cases to the executive team and board, and became responsible for all KPIs, goal setting, and many other high level tasks. My fellow manager came back from maternity leave but only part time- my manager assumed I could keep half of her responsibilities, even though I had frustratingly brought up to HR that my role had become to broad and impossible for one person to accomplish while managing a full team. I told him at that time that I was willing to help for a few months longer. he has said at that time said I was up for a promotion in January 2019 and he was so great full for my contributions and help, I should apply for a director level role.
Come January, and my boss is now demoted to a director level and Myself and my team are removed from his team and placed on a new team with a new boss Jen (fake name). She reviews and says sorry she cannot offer me a promotion now but could think about it in June. June comes no promotion- she says they are dealing with HR issues that should be resolved in December . Now I am hearing people start to talk - saying the workplace it toxic- and not enough workers for the 30-40% YOy growth the company is experiencing. Several of my favorite colleagues leave from being burned out and sick of the toxic work culture of blaming middle managers with no leadership at the top.
I am feeling incredibly burned out from doing literally 2+ roles for 15 months. They hire a contractor who is 5 years my senior to help us. Now it is December and I again am up for discussion about the promotion. They say once again that HR is going through issues, and they are actually on a “promotional hold” . I express that I have been doing the work of a senior manager if not director for 12+ months, as exemplified by these responsibilities. They don’t care and say I should refer to my job description. Then they hire a senior director basically right above me- who has the exact same skills as me. Now me and the senior Director (my new manager) are having issues, because she is literally doing half the job I was doing for 12+ months, and unfortunately I have had to coach her tirelessly for her to perform
some of these duties. Still I am performing at Least 20 tasks on a weekly basis that are not on my job description, and my new senior Director manager just wants me to be flexible and deal with it since we are growing so much. Since she’s a new manager we have no history, and now she is saying I must wait till April/may to be considered for promotion, and that I should give duties I love doing to her. At this point it just feels unfair.
I am underpaid by at least 20% as exemplified by various interviews- should I leave even though I don’t have another job lined up? Is this job toxic or am I just complaining ? Help!