This has been totally bothering me and I've been wanting to vent. I work in IT and am the only female in a large team. When I started on this team, one of the other workers, a contractor, confided to me that the company we work for actually paid him through his own programming bootcamp company which trains people with little to no experience to become developers. Months later he's hired on full-time as a manager.
Shortly after, 3 of his buddies are hired on as contractors reporting to him.
Apparently all 3 had gone through his bootcamp program where they pay an upfront fee and monthly payments for "training." His website claims that once through training they get "unlimited" coaching from him. Guess who got to interview them? Yes, yes he did. Didn't think anything of it until the new contractors were hired on full-time, also as managers, when they didn't have near enough experience as the rest of the team. I know of a few guys on the team that deserve being managers over the new hires. In fact, during my performance review I was told that I was "so close" to being promoted as manager despite having only very positive feedback. I don't like to play the gender card but it feels like I need to sign up for the "pay to play", boys-club bootcamp in order to be promoted. I've never really experienced such overt favoritism especially in a corporate setting. Has this ever happened to you?