scope reduction after maternity leave

Uber VsqT62
Sep 29 35 Comments

after returning from my mat leave, i got offered a demotion of responsibilities but kept the same pay and the same level. They gave my old responsibilities to someone less tenured and more junior than me. The local legislation doesnt explicitly state that returning moms should get the equivalent responsibilites they handled before taking the leave. I had an impecable track record but ive been bullied by my boss for the past 2 years and now my boss is just trying to see how much i can be pushed before i resign. any tips?

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  • Uber VsqT62
    OP
    I feel I’m being pushed out of the team. The new responsibilities are for juniors and I am the most senior person on the team. I already submitted a file to HR prior to my mat leave about the discrimination I’ve been subjected to. This is their last push to get me to leave. They couldn’t do much before because I’m the most performing person in my region. My boss sees me as a threat and doesn’t want me to stay.
    Sep 29 5
    • Verizon Media Atinlay6
      Without any details. It sounds like you are looking for a fight
      Sep 29
    • Boeing prince t
      atinlay - disagree. i relate to OP's experience very much. this is how high performing women are treated - sabotaged.
      Sep 29
    • Hitachi Vantara tqWc72
      ^^^ This ^^^

      The junior folks actually get annoyed when I offer my opinion on something that I am a clear SME on! My response: “you can do it your way and take several meetings over the course of a few weeks, or you can do it my way and be done in two hours.”

      They did it ‘their way’ and the results were the same.
      Sep 29
    • Verizon Media Atinlay6
      Like I said “without any details....”
      Sep 29
    • Uber / Eng XHkl60
      What do you mean “My boss sees me as a threat…”?

      If my reports are doing well, I’m doing well.
      Oct 1
  • Verizon Media Atinlay6
    You kept your pay and level. They did nothing wrong. Projects and responsibilities can’t just stop because you are out. Business has to go on.

    Considering Uber’s rough patch, be happy you had the protection to enjoy.
    Sep 29 0
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng ucrhfb
    Gets offered a demotion of responsibility at the same salary.
    Takes demotion.
    My boss is out to get me.
    I feel like I'm missing something here.
    Sep 29 3
    • Uber VsqT62
      OP
      I didn’t accept the demotion. I’m still negotiating with hr to see what we can find as an acceptable alternative. I understand I might not get back my old responsibilities but I’m trying to find an alternative solution that would best leverage my capabilities.
      My question is related to the legality of demoting my responsibilities after mat leave.
      Sep 29
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng ucrhfb
      I wouldn't take legal advice on blind. I'd ask a lawyer, it's easier and cheaper than people think. BUT I think at the end of the day management is gonna make up any excuse they want. I would use the extra time to start looking for a new job. At least if you convert a job you can put the ball in Management's court and have some kind of leverage.
      If it really is as toxic as it sounds, I'd take learning the new job any day.
      Sep 29
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng ucrhfb
      Right now it sounds like the only avenue for success you're giving yourself is if the team becomes less toxic after you talk to HR and I think the blinders saying that's only gonna be a temporary fix at best.
      Sep 29
  • Google / Eng rickman
    Maybe they're just being helpful by distributing work and encouraging you to start picking up work in a few months?
    Sep 29 0
  • Uber VsqT62
    OP
    I have a new baby, it’s going to be tough to find a new job and pull all-nighters this early in my son’s age. I need more time in a stable environment where I know the job and I am able to do well in it
    Sep 29 1
    • Boeing prince t
      Exactly. And Uber knows they have that leverage over you, so they can treat you kinda crappy. Unfortunately, there is *nothing* illegal about what they've done. Your career at Uber is topped out. Stop trying. Stop striving. Be grateful for the easy job. Focus on your family. After 1-3 years, when kids are in school, you can start looking for new jobs & new challenges, in an environment where youre appreciated and allowed to succeed.
      Sep 29
  • Microsoft iamletired
    Maybe your boss thinks they are doing you a favor. Many people like having less scope for a while after leave as they adjust. Just have a conversation with your manager thanking them for their consideration but that you'd prefer to jump right back in.
    Sep 29 2
    • Uber VsqT62
      OP
      It’s been a toxic environment and everyone from the old team had been pushed out. I’m the last survivor And I’m not ready to leave
      Sep 29
    • Microsoft iamletired
      My advice is the same.
      Sep 29
  • LinkedIn Wiener
    So you were not there and the best projects were given to other ppl. You need to have a proposal such as which project you want. It sounds like you are complaining about something that is not quantifiable.
    Sep 29 5
    • Uber VsqT62
      OP
      I have a tracker of every thing that happened to me. I co piled it with a lawyer. It’s factual. I just work in a region where the law doesn’t protect me. So unless I’ll file a lawsuit again Uber globally, it won’t work and it’s not worth it. I’d rather spend my energy looking for another job. The alternative is to write a blog :)
      Oct 3
    • LinkedIn Wiener
      Pretty hard to argue if you have the same pay, title and benefit
      Oct 3
    • Uber VsqT62
      OP
      My title will change but I’ll still have the same level and the same level. I’ll just be handling less important things. While other people in the team are more junior and will cover a bigger scope
      Oct 3
    • Uber VsqT62
      OP
      I have shared. List of projects I’d like to work on that are in line with the team’s objective. I would just like to have my old responsibility back
      Oct 3
    • Uber VsqT62
      OP
      My job is split between the scope I cover ( which region for example) and projects I’m asked to deliver on.
      They are giving me a smaller scope, taking away from me the projects I’ve been working on for years (and that are all launching next month) and giving me a set of less important projects to start from scratch
      Oct 3
  • Twilio köttbullar
    Being a new mother, you are somewhat in the HR protected class status, meaning you are pretty safe in terms of your job. Try to relax and enjoy the lighter load while, if you’re truly unhappy, start putting some feelers out for new opportunities, possibly in similar companies/roles. Even if you don’t find something you are comfortable changing to in your situation with a new baby, it’s just good to keep your options open and getting some
    Interest from recruiters will be a nice ego boost. Assuming you are US based, recruiters and hiring managers at prospective companies are not allowed to ask questions about your family or medical status so having a new baby won’t hurt your chances at landing a role. Just a big consideration for you to weigh in your priorities. But if you are truly hungry for more challenging projects in your current role, you can probably find a new opportunity with a similar level of challenge along with a fresh start.
    Oct 2 2
    • Uber VsqT62
      OP
      Thanks for your message. I’m enjoying the paycheck while looking for other opportunities. I love my job and the company. But I need a fresh start. I want to be away from the toxic environment and build something with people who care more about the business than they do about politics. Our team has become purely reliant on politics and no one has a clue about the actual job nor are they qualified for it. Uber 2.0 has become very shallow... it’s not the same anymore. I’ve already been approached by recruiters but I’ve always had the hope that things will get better. They might improve in a year or so. But I don’t want to wait this long. I’ll always come back in the future if the culture changes
      Oct 3
    • Twilio köttbullar
      I left a similar environment a while back. Very glad I made the decision that I did for a fresh start. Best of luck to you in your search...
      Oct 4
  • Amazon ProSieben
    When management is against you, they always win. Fairness and who is right/wrong are irrelevant. Change teams, and if you can’t do that, I recommend that your work take a back seat and focus on your family for a few months. Do the minimum work you need just to keep your job. Then when you are ready, find a job at another company.
    Sep 29 0
  • Uber VsqT62
    OP
    They rely on politics and quantifiable results are not important for them. We have a gang atmosphere and I’m not in it. The top management changed while I was on mat leave and now the new regional head has a similar background to mine. I am now a bigger threat to my boss because I’m actually one of the few people that know the job inside out with a track record of successful projects.
    Sep 29 0
  • Capital One MV60037
    After my leave I was bullied consecutively for almost two years (boss sat next to me on a trading desk and ask a irrelevant question every 5 min all day long) I tried a number of different strategies including document my work more, taking more initials to include her on my communications, establishing status updates, working with other teams on additional projects (sponsored by skip level managing director) and nothing worked. I left after realized it’s not about me.
    Sep 29 1
    • Uber VsqT62
      OP
      I had a rough couple of weeks. I’ve finally made peace with the idea that I deserve better and I’ll find another passion project elsewhere. I totally agree with you. It’s time for a move no matter how much I love my first baby (aka Uber)
      Oct 3
  • Facebook Pbuj80
    How long time passed after you returned? If it’s less than a quarter I wouldn’t think that way since roadmapping and project planning take time and team can’t simply keep some important and big size of work unallocated until you come back.
    Sep 29 1
    • Uber VsqT62
      OP
      I returned last week and this is when I was briefed on my new responsibilities. I understand that things won’t stop while I’m away. But some of the responsibilities and projects that are ongoing, I’ve initiated them 4 years ago. I just passed them on to a temporary teammate while I was away and I’d like to get them back. If that’s not possible then I’d like to be given something as challenging... I’m Now given a long list of projects that I need to deliver by the end of the year, which is impossible to do.
      Sep 29
  • Genesys / Creative
    washtub

    Genesys Creative

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    Deloitte
    washtubmore
    Just work in some cool side project. Use that project to showcase your skills when you look for a new job.
    Oct 26 0
  • Indeed Ìñδèèδ
    Personally, I’m always trying to pass off my work to more junior people
    Sep 29 0
  • The Krazy Coupon Lady / Eng ${user.id}
    Lawyer up or chill out
    Sep 29 0

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