I've been with my current employer for nearly four years, and I love the company culture, our mission, the benefits and employee resources - but I'm starting to feel STUCK.
It seems there are select associates within HR who are rising through the ranks like superstars; they receive promotions and raises and lateral job moves frequently - often without the opportunity being open/advertised to everyone else. A large part of this seems to be dependent on the manager who hires you: some managers are really great advocates for their direct reports (networking with other managers, lining up opportunities or recommending reports for them). Another factor that seems to come into play is whether you graduated from the same program as one of our directors - that seems to be another commonality among these stars. I was hired at a certain level, and after about 18 months, our director decided I was hired in to the wrong job level, so she retroactively "changed" my title/level to the next one up - but she told our group that it was "not a promotion" and it didn't come with a raise. I then moved into a new role in a different team, but my manager is very low-energy and definitely NOT the sort to advocate for me; I also rarely receive feedback of any sort [positive or negative] so I have no idea what she thinks of me. Objectively, my performance ratings have been "Strong" since I started [the only higher rating is "Exceptional" which is apparently quite rare]. I'm also not comfortable sharing with my manager some of my concerns about the cliquey / favoritism that appears so frequently. These days, I'm feeling tremendously demoralized and unmotivated. I've tried looking within the company for a new role, but it's difficult without having any support from my manager [and when so many HR roles are seemingly filled without being posted]. Should I consider leaving a company I love because of the way our HR team operates within it?
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