Hi Sir/ Madam,

I am working as a Senior Software Engineer. I am not getting any promotion or career growth in my present company and discussed multiple times with my Immediate Reporting Manager mapped to me and as part of every year;s appraisal cycle. I was literally cheated by this organization and felt like wasted my time since more than 5+ years without getting any benefits and in the same salary and no onsite travel.

I contacted my HR team group and escalated that the managers are very lazy in finding a onsite project after getting my visa stamped and my manager is holding me in my current assignments and not moving to onsite projects.

How this situation can be handled if the employer literally cheats the employee with the below :

1. Retaining and harassing an employee without Promotion / Incremental salary

2. Not leaving the employee to other exposures and multiple project oppurtunities for their own benefits

3. Even after escalations to HR team - HR is not considering the situation and ignoring the employee to discuss with the same managers where the efforts of an employee is almost wasted more than a year of discussion

Please advise

From India, Chennai
Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Murali Sridharan
Senior Software Engineer

Dear Murali,

In the IT Sector, the percentage of employee attrition is highest. Even then also why did you hold on to the same organisation for five long years is not understood. You have not just continued in the same organisation but that too without any career advancement. Your employers kept on dangling carrot of benefits and you kept on hoping fondly that one fine day you will acquire these. After five years, you have realised that it was a mirage.

Companies give promotion to their employees because timely career growth is one of the means of controlling the employee attrition. Growth of the company complements with the growth of the employees. One cannot grow at the expense of the another. However, in your case, the organisation had realised that anyway you would continue with them or your exit do not matter to them much. Giving promises was enough for them you were gullible to take these at their face value.

Anyway, now the past cannot be undone. You may start searching for the suitable vigorously for a new job. Since you have completed more than five years in the same company, then you are eligible to get gratuity. This statutory benefit may not be that significant but neither it is that insignificant.

By chance, if your current organisation tries to retain you then you may negotiate with them to give you backdated promotion letter and also arrears from the back date. If they agree then well and good otherwise, it is high time for you to say good bye to your company.

Your case does not fall under the provisions of the labour laws. Employee promotion is discretion of the employer. Possibly your wages are well above minimum wages hence your case does not fall under the purview of Minimum Wages Act.


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

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