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Not Management Material

I work for a popular Mexican restaurant chain. I started as I was
finishing up my Bachelors in Hospitality and Service Management with
a concentration in food. The GM that hired me for the new store
opening promoted his friends from college along with two other losers
that ended up getting fired. Anyway, that GM eventually was fired and
his assistant took his place.

As my time there went on, I finished my education and was told I was
going to get a promotion on several occasions. When I transferred to
a new store to help open it and train new employees, I was told I was
up for a promotion and soon after the next after that (kitchen manager
to service manager.) Well, instead my boss hired someone who was 20,
little to no experience, and no formal education for the service
manager position in which I sought. My boss would even sit me down
and say things like: “I can’t run this store without you…”

Consequently, he is the only one who doesn’t think I can hack it,
other managers and the staff alike treat me like manager and even
view me as one. Well, we’ll see how much he really needs me when I
just leave without notice for my new job.

10 Comments to Not Management Material

  1. It’s understandable to be upset that you were told you were going to get a promotion but then didn’t, but don’t think for one second that the place will cease to exist without you. Remember, in this economy, there are quite a few people out there with more experience than you looking for a job. You’re not irreplaceable.

    I will never understand why so many people feel that if they leave a job, the company will suddenly stop operating and go out of business. Talk about ego trips!

  2. Heywood on August 10th, 2010
  3. I’ve worked for several corporations where “qualified” people were not promoted for various reasons. Immaturity, poor work ethic, lack of drive, lack of dedication, etc. Just because you’re qualified does not mean you’re the best person for the job.

    Now if none of these applies to you, then I am truly sorry you have been overlooked for these promotions. But if I were ou, I would take a look at myself for my unsuccess before blaming others.

  4. Jetta on August 10th, 2010
  5. Never leave a job without proper notice. Your former employer is also potentially your future reference. Don’t burn any bridges. You don’t want a prospective employer to hear you ditched without notice.

  6. Merla on August 10th, 2010
  7. Well, I don’t think the OP is saying that the company will go under, but perhaps that manager will be inconvenience for a while… And getting the word back from other employees there about how s/he is scrambling is at least some retribution.

  8. Aimee on August 11th, 2010
  9. Heywood is true… Nobody’s irreplaceable, it may be hard at the beginning, but eventually, they will figure it out, and live without you.
    OP, you were right to leave, the GM was wasting your time

  10. Greg on August 11th, 2010
  11. That’s true, but when you work your heart out for a job it is nice to feel recognized. I think leaving without notice is wrong, but I also think people who sit around promoting the wrong people are dumb dumb dumb.

  12. Moi on August 11th, 2010
  13. I was passed over for a promotion a long time ago for someone less experienced (although I could see the reasoning, I was living overseas and the person they hired was a local and I was a foreigner). I ended up hand holding the new guy and helping him with his job and I was really mad about it. But he turned out to be okay (nice guy) even if inexperienced.

    My point is I feel your pain on this one. But I would highly recommend you don’t leave without notice. You never know what they future holds, so why burn your bridges if you don’t have to? Take the high road and good luck on the new job search.

  14. hrundle on August 11th, 2010
  15. It sounds to me like you are so good at what you’re doing that they don’t want to promote you because they’d rather have you where you are now. That’s happened to me before. Totally understandable if you decide to work somewhere else, but I wouldn’t leave without notice – why burn that bridge when you don’t have to?

  16. Jeff on August 11th, 2010
  17. YOu sound like an awesome employee who they don’t want to lose. That’s probably why you’re not being promotoed – because you’re good at what you do. Like Jeff alluded, don’t burn bridges. Maybe be a bit more patient and wait it out.

  18. stupid on August 11th, 2010
  19. Don’t wait it out, be more assertive and demand the promotion, if they are unwilling then give them notice that you are quitting!

  20. kcmookie on August 11th, 2010

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