Manager promised what she couldn't deliver
March 19, 2012 9:22 AM Subscribe
Feel like I got massively screwed over at work for being a trusting idiot - should I make a fuss or just let it go?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Hired on a six-month contract. Three months in, learned that it would be made permanent, but due to "rules" it would have to be advertised again. I informed my immediately line manager that I'd probably apply, but that I would be starting to look for other jobs too, since I wasn't guaranteed to get the permanent version of my temporary job.
Line manager: "Whaaat! Absolutely don't worry about it. You're my staff, you're perfect, we all love you, I'll make sure the position is only advertised internally and we know there's no one here who can do what you do (which was true)." I also knew that she, herself, had recently gone from temp-to-perm with only a perfunctory "internal only" application process, so it seemed to make sense.
So I (stupidly) smiled and merrily went along thinking everything was fine. Last month, job is advertised - externally. I only realised this because I still get a weekly newsletter of jobs going in my field. I got the email from HR telling me that applications were open exactly three minutes after I saw the job in this external newsletter.
I ask why it was advertised externally, and why I wasn't told. Line manager tells me that she thought it WAS only going internal and she's just as surprised as I am. She'll bring it up with HR because they should have let her know - but it's OK, she says, she's on the interview panel, she has the final say. I'm not as happy about the situation as I was before - I let TWO really good jobs pass me be because I was betting on this one, which we she and I had discussed repeatedly.
Long story short, over 150 people apply, I go through THREE rounds of interviews, don't get the job. Line manager says she was "outvoted" by the other two interview panel members. I can only describe her affect as "shifty" when she tells me this. I am fairly sure that the candidate that was chosen is a former employee who is friends with most of the members of senior management, but I'm not sure at this point.
Now - if I come forward with the fact that my immediate line manager promised me the job, repeatedly discouraged me from seeking other employment, and generally showed complete ignorance of the entire process, what will I end up with? I wouldn't want the job now even if the other candidates all turned it down. Ideally, in order of importance, I would receive garden leave for the remaining month of my contract, some kind of non-disclosure agreement to ensure that no one in management would disclose the fact that I raised this issue in any casual, networking or work reference situation (last thing I want is to be branded as a troublemaker) and a month's salary as a buffer, since I missed out on a significant amount of time that I could have been using to find work - and will now find myself unemployed for the first time in ten years. Is any of this even remotely feasible, or will I get laughed out of the place? Are there any laws or any organisations that will back me up? I work in public higher education in the UK, if that makes a difference.
Unfortunately, union representation isn't an option. I was informally discouraged from joining the union by some colleagues (not by anyone in management, though) because of some crap that went on before I arrived, and, again, stupidly, I listened. I most assuredly won't make that mistake again.