What makes a fast career progression in big companies?

Oracle itbwoke
Jul 3 12 Comments

What makes a fast career progression in your eyes? Have you or someone you know achieved it? How?

I'm inclined to look at this as amount of responsibility rather than titles or TC (they tend to follow shortly), but to each their own benchmark I suppose. Don't know anyone personally who grew quickly at big companies, only via startups where projects ownership is do or die

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  • Build trust in your management. Never commit to things unless you know you’ll deliver in time.

    Trust gives access to “stretch assignments”, which in turn puts people on the radar to promotions.

    Also, doing things that build additional value for the team/company/customers, on top of your “normal” job, will show people you are motivated for more.

    Never just “do your job”. Spend time thinking about the bigger picture.
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    • New / Mgmt
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      Fantastic. I can totally resonate with them..

      What are your thoughts on doing external projects and get visibility and attention of higher management so that you can later ask your manager for promotion?
      What are some good methods to go about that?
      Jul 3
    • I guess it depends on what you mean with “external”.
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      Ya my bad I didn't exactly describe what "external" means. I mean projects that are internal within the company and that are important to the company but not necessarily within the scope of his own immediate team.

      So if the engineer talks to his manager and picks up a project like that and works on it to completion, how would he effectively get the most attention from the upper management so that he could ease his way into asking for a promotion?
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      👌
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    • If possible, focus on things that somehow will benefit either your team or at least your manager as much as the “external team”. Sometimes a little creative communication can connect those dots.

      If you cater exclusively to senior mgt and “skip” your boss, that can backfire heavily.
      Jul 3
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    Get a mentor who has been there for a while. Don’t just find a mentor, make sure you can connect on topics and you would truly benefit from their advice. If you do, that creates a ramp for success not only within company but in general for your career.
    Jul 3 1
    • Microsoft tiddlewjnn
      This ^^ 💯 percent. It all depends on who you know in the company. You could work your ass off and not have a single advocate for your success. You won’t get promoted as easily as the guy who is networking and building alliances.
      Jul 3
  • Logitech pASd78
    Small teams with room for growth.
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  • Microsoft bqXj02
    You need to make sure you’re in a fast growing division and more specific team, and be a high performer.

    Make sure to have good work relationship with your management chain and make clear you want opportunities for high impact work.

    If you’re a high performer and group is growing 3 digits, you’ll grow super fast.
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