My wife works as a lead project manager for a small firm (75-100 employees) for nearly 19 years and she started the department she works in about 17 years ago. Several years after the department started, the owners/executive management hired an outside manager for the department. A few years later, there was vacancy that was filled internally by a supervisor, then that became vacant. My wife has been the lead in that department since then with some managerial leadership provided by the then Director/now VP. She just found out today that a peer with less seniority was just promoted to manager of her department over her. It is a shock and I am trying to help her to overcome this morale blow and to find best path to move forward.
I have worked for this company about 15 years ago and I understand some of the dynamics that goes on there, which is why I chose not to stay there, and I believe my wife is quite capable on managing this department; in fact, I am quite certain the department would not be as successful without her. I feel this was poor decision on the company's part, again.