How to ask for a promotion??

Cadence / Eng
pretzle

Cadence Eng

PRE
Intel Corporation
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Oct 15 18 Comments

Been in my current role for 3.5 years, I really want to know if I will get promoted or not. My manager just got promoted last year after 4 years so I don't know if he was following the strategy (he is new to the American system) I was the only one doing my job untill they hired someone 20yrs senior to me. Is this a good time to bring it up?? Rather, give me tips on how politely can do it? I am super blunt :( and he thinks it's rude (Old styled Brit manager)

I am becoming restless.

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  • LinkedIn cd-
    “How do I get to next level?”

    That’s it. It’s not hard. You just need to bring it up. Most manager won’t bring it up unless you ask because promotions comes with larger scope of work. They’re not sure if you want to take on the larger scope.
    Oct 15 0
  • Always work with your manager from day 1 towards your growth. Tell them that you want to grow in your role and have them set **written** goals for you. Ensure that you are always following up with them on the goals and ensuring that you get continuous feedback (always hve the feedback documented from your 1:1). During the review cycle bring up your goals and how you have exceeded them. If you are aiming for a promo you need to do this exercise way ahead of your review start so that you can be nominated for a promo and all the formalities can be done even before the review cycle begins. Good luck!!
    Oct 15 4
    • Also there is no shame in asking for your reward. If you don’t ask how can you expect to get it, things don’t land magically.
      Oct 15
    • Microsoft skeiwbdj
      When you say 1:1 feedback should be documented, do you mean by me or ask the manager to send minutes of the 1:1 ?
      Oct 15
    • You should be documenting that
      Oct 15
    • Activision Blizzard Azshara
      +1. It's super important to document everything you do. Feedback you've gotten and proof of improvmemt. I'm not big on micromanaging other people but when it comes to my own work I track everything I do so I can provide serious fact based data when it's time to discuss career growth and worth.
      Oct 15
  • Activision Blizzard Azshara
    It's your career, no one can help you but you. It's ok to be direct and sincere without coming off as rude. Just come prepared. Make sure you are having discussions with your managers about your work ethic and if you are confident that you are meeting his/her expectations for success.

    I would say something along the lines of...

    "I've been here X amount of years, you set X expectations and I have been successful in doing so (provide some examples and proof) I'm looking to move up in my career and wanted kickoff a discussion to see if there is a possibility for a promotion within the next year. Can you provide some actionable feedback so we can make this a reality? Or if I am meeting expectations can you provide some transparency on the process and how promotions are determined within the company?"
    Oct 15 0
  • Verizon Media Atinlay7
    Words and stuff
    Oct 15 0
  • Cadence / Eng
    pretzle

    Cadence Eng

    PRE
    Intel Corporation
    pretzlemore
    OP
    Thanks ladies (men if any who replied)
    I brought this up today and my manager didn't sound promising. He neither said -" I have thoughts about it" or "may be you are in line or something similar"

    I just got the feeling he hasn't thought through and that since I brought it up; he should have something. TBH didn't feel positive which sucks
    Oct 15 3
    • Zoox / Eng streetfood
      Time to start leetcoding...
      Oct 15
    • LinkedIn cd-
      It’s a good start. Give it a few weeks and bring it up again. I’m sure your manager will be better prepared next time.
      Oct 16
    • Activision Blizzard Azshara
      Sounds like he hasn't even thought about. Likely wrapped up in his own duties. It's a common problem for tech companies that a senior tech lead will be thrown into a people management role because that's just the next step in their career but aren't necessarily qualified to be a people manager. You may need to manage upward and hand hold a bit. If you aren't sure how to do that, or even want to bother with it, it sounds like you may want to look for new opportunities. But I agree with cd- he may just need a few weeks to wrap his head around it or even learn how to go about getting you a promotion.
      Oct 16
  • Xilinx yodadev
    Watch who are the people at the next level and how they are performing. Are you comparable?
    Oct 16 2
    • Cadence / Eng
      pretzle

      Cadence Eng

      PRE
      Intel Corporation
      pretzlemore
      OP
      There are no next level. It is him and me and a new hire now
      Oct 16
    • Xilinx yodadev
      Look around you in a different org
      Oct 16
  • Siemens AMBN87
    You should believe in your capabilities and go for it. Hiring senior in your team should not effect your growth.
    Oct 16 0
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Why should you be promoted? Are you a teamster? You mention 3.5 years at the level, so is there a schedule for promotions?
    Oct 15 0
  • Accenture yiJE56
    I mean the best thing is to already have established career goals with him from day 1. Next best thing you can do is find a fallback job and go ask for the promotion. If he says no then you move to the other job where hopefully you'll have a better experience. Not much else that can be done when you have leadership like that that just won't talk about your needs.
    Oct 15 0

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