Work politics f$%ked me completely!

New ohshyt
Oct 22 26 Comments

I've been a Principle Product Mgr at a public company (10K+ employees) for 3 years. I came to know my manager was moving out of the company, so I started a very early conversation with a SVP within the CTOs office if there was an interesting opportunity in their org.

At the same time my new manager and a new senior HR partner join and in some senior meeting hear a douche VP (who leads a business unit aka like a GM, and has serious clout in the company) discredit & annihilate me completely when he came to know I was up for a promotion. So now they're biased! This douche VP and I share a pretty decent work relationship. He did this since I had challenged him a couple of times if what we're building was really required in the market!

Now, the SVP from CTO office reached out to my new manager & the new HR business partner even before I could formally interview or even before we figure out if there is a role for me. My new manager didn't speak too favorably about me but at the same time tells me that the current Product org needs me but I won't get a promo :0

So now, executives in my org and the CTO org think I'm full of shit!! And Product colleagues who joined the company literally 2 months ago have been green lighted for a promotion!

Oh btw...I sort of sensed stuff happening and started interviewing without much prep...went to the final rounds with 3 companies and was dinged :(

Within a months time...everything has come crashing down! It is hard showing up to work when all you've worked hard for in past 3 years is not appreciated and your reputation shot!

I've no idea what to do! Thanks for reading!

TC - $300K

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TOP 26 Comments
  • Amazon Elastic BS
    They clearly don't care about you, no need to care about them. Keep up the interviews and you'll find something, don't fret about it.
    Oct 22 1
    • New ohshyt
      OP
      Thanks for the support.
      Oct 22
  • Roku cruella
    Office politics suck
    Insecure people participate and propagate it.
    Good employees get burnt.
    Oct 22 0
  • American Express vrBp02
    If your company is that large, how come the name is ‘new’? Guess that debunks the myth that posters with ‘new’ in their name work for really small companies.
    Oct 22 5
    • Roku cruella
      Is that more of case of how many employees from the “new” are on blind and not how many employees a company has?
      Oct 22
    • The Krazy Coupon Lady / Mgmt wetware
      Yeah small companies will be more likely to have New in the name, ceteris paribus. But any company could have it
      Oct 22
    • New / Data
      useranony

      New Data

      BIO
      Data Analyst looking for early career opportunities in Data Analysis and Business Intelligence
      useranonymore
      Lol my company employs almost 250k employees globally including PT store-workers. I still get new because of how outdated it is here.
      Oct 22
    • Oracle y6wkzC
      Sign up with a random private domain, show up as New too
      Oct 22
    • New goblade
      I signed up with a non work email because there aren't enough of my company's employees on here for anonymity
      Oct 22
  • American Express vrBp02
    Get new job!! Your current environment is hostile and toxic. I’d also caution in the future how you pose objections to leadership so it comes across as thoughtful and not like you’re trying to prove something. Sometimes it’s not the content but the delivery!
    Oct 22 1
    • New ohshyt
      OP
      Yes, learnt it the hard way. Delivery matters more then content most of the times.
      Oct 22
  • Look for a job. Interview hardcore and leave ASAP. There's nothing else for you to do
    Oct 22 0
  • Uber / Data Guiliani
    All battles are not worth picking. Stay calm and show them that you are not affected by their actions and keep interviewing externally.
    Oct 22 0
  • Microsoft / Eng @promo
    I understand you are having a hard time. Please focus on interview prep for next 2 months and vwyf.
    Oct 22 0
  • WeWork w00fer
    The other side of this is that it highlights that you are not influential in that company and/or don't know how to navigate the crap to get what you think you deserve. It's time to leave. Don't stay at a place where your expectations don't match the outcome. If this keeps happening though, it's you and not the orgs.
    Oct 22 0
  • Google foony
    Fuck him fuck them and fuck companies like them. You learned a lesson and hopefully got something out of the place. Onward and upward.
    Oct 22 0
  • Optum / IT
    isearching

    Optum IT

    BIO
    An experienced software professional with 10+ years of experience in tech. Having widespread experience across technologies and passionate for tech.
    isearchingmore
    Had similar level of political burnt down with me recently. However, the roles at which you have been at is slightly more at what I serve. It was damn hard to just think about going to office and have had multiple complete meltdown as well. While I tried getting out and so should you. I guess the only thing to remember here is that “This too shall pass. Time, good or bad never stays for long”. Stay Put!
    Oct 22 0
  • Internet Brands / Eng clitchaser
    Maybe he's incensed by your Trumpian usage of exclamation points.
    Oct 22 0
  • Cisco Persistant
    That sounds like an awful workplace. Is it ServiceNow? PM hiring is slow and random in most of the big companies. If you want to move out quickly, a good start up is a good option.
    Oct 22 1
    • New ohshyt
      OP
      No not ServiceNow.
      Oct 22
  • The Krazy Coupon Lady / Mgmt wetware
    This sucks OP. I tried to avoid politics at one job and it bit me in the ass. You need to focus on either damage control and reputation repair, or on interviewing to get a new gig. Put all your energy into one to get the best result. If you haven’t, read The First 90 Days. Also TC?
    Oct 22 1
    • New ohshyt
      OP
      Thanks man! Updated the TC!
      Oct 22
  • In a similar situation over here so I feel you. Just focus on yourself and the interviews & get out as soon as possible! Best of luck to you!
    Oct 22 0
  • Overstock.com
    EZ$$

    Overstock.com

    PRE
    Symantec
    EZ$$more
    TC?
    Oct 22 0
  • Pure Storage cocu-xyu
    We’ve heard only one side so far, what does this douche VP have to say?
    Oct 22 0

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