Year End Evaluations
The end of the calendar year is when my company does performance reviews. Mine went exceptionally well. I walked out wondering if I am a bit too entitled (as our generation is known to be), because my first thought was “Yes, as it should be” when I saw my ratings.
It’s common for women to underestimate themselves, and I do it too. I have a “it’s not big deal” attitude towards what I do at work, because I’m just doing my job the best way I know how. And isn’t that what anyone would do? I mean, I do advertise my accomplishments, but sometimes, deep down I feel like it’s all a facade. Sometimes. Sometimes I feel like I do way more work than some of the senior people.
The raise associated with the reviews is still a couple months out. My promotion is still under debate (as are all in SoCal). If it doesn’t go through… well, I think I’m going to have to be done being patient. I mean really. It is ridiculous, and my manager (and his manager) agree. Anyway, word was promised by the end of the year. This could be a great Christmas present, or it could just piss me off!
Right now, the company is counting on the fact that jobs are hard to find and the employees have little bargaining power. If you aren’t willing to move, then yes, jobs are hard (but not impossible) to find in this economy. But they are missing two things. First, someday the job market will improve. And all of us will remember how they treated everyone, even if we weren’t affected by it. Second, some of us younger and motivated people… some of us might be willing to move.