I have been with the company I am with for 6 years now and have recently been recommended for a position at another company by a friend. I have been trying to get promoted at my current company for over year now. The comments I receive back from the hiring managers are "You have the skills and interview well but as long as someone else is applying already has the same title as the position we can't promote you." I definitely am a top performer and am doing many responsibilities of a higher level position.

I have been looking primarily within my company for a promotion but I am currently interviewing for an opportunity with another company that is a lateral move. The company is ranked third in it's industry as a "best place to work" by but when I look at the comments on that website from employees at the location where I will work they are not as positive. The company is known as providing top pay and benefits but I have heard some comments that they don't always promote from within either. My friend who recommended me felt the atmosphere was great at the site I am interviewing for but does not work for the company.

I don't want to take a lateral move (even at substantially higher pay) just to be told again that they won't promote from within. What process and resources should someone use when evaluating a company they are thinking about working for?

asteriskrntt1's picture

I don't understand what you are interviewing for with your own company.  If you are told you interview well and have the skills, it appears they are interviewing you for something.

Also, you cannot research promotional opportunities.  The boss you might work for tomorrow might be gone in six months. These things are not static.  The fact that this company might bring you in at a salary considerably more than you are currently making is a clue they like sourcing talent externally.  Why would you think it stops at your pay grade?  That does not mean you can't get promoted or won't get promoted. 


Look at the company's last few annual reports.  See if it profiles the management team.  Read the exec bios.  See if there is a trend of them being parachuted in from other companies.  And stop worrying about things you can't control.

smudgejet's picture

I've found that it can be hard to evaluate a job offer.  And the interview process is better if I have some structure to ask questions.

So here are five key groups that I use to evaluate companys/job offer:

The Five Metrics

  1. Future Work

    1. How much current work is repeat business

    2. How good are the marketers

    3. Health of the industry

    4. Competition

    5. Is worked being turned away?

    6. Is the work "big" or "commodity"?  This is relative to the industry.  Are they competing on price or are they special.

    7. Can the C suite people navigate the future

  2. Talent – Hire good people and develop them

    1. Are good people leaving (turnover rates)

    2. Are non-productive people allowed to stay

    3. Internal conflicts

    4. Talk to those who have left the organization, literally, find people on LinkedIn or wherever who have worked at the company, cold call them.

    5. How are people developed

    6. How good are the managers – are certain departments losing more staff than others

    7. Quality of work – ask for best work to evaluate.  In my industry, I ask for their best set of plans, from a past project.

  3. Efficiency & Quality of Organization – How well is it managed

    1. Work (efficient, well organized)

    2. Training

    3. Hours worked (if unsustainable, masks inefficient organization)

    4. Percentage of overdue billings-recievables

    5. Litigation

    6. Are admin staff helpful/busy

    7. Facilities clean, inviting

    8. Quality control

  4. Culture

    1. Professional/ethical – people are inherently good, doing their best and are treated that way

    2. If people have been hired back, that is a good sign that they wanted to return.

    3. All others

  5. Compensation (the great equalizer)

    1. Salary

    2. Health Ins

    3. Life Ins

    4. Disability Ins

    5. Vacation

    6. Holidays

    7. Free Coffee (short hand for perks pecular to a single company)