I'm working as an offshore Senior ERP Developer with a BPO Company for over a year now and my Manager and peers are working in the United States. I've been successfully been taking on large projects and, in my opinion, I was able to do a lot for the company in a year
From my past working experience, there has always been an annual performance appraisal and I wanted to know how I am doing as an Employee. (Please note that the company didn't provide me with an Orientation). And based on our ERP system (which i have access to), i am scheduled to have an appraisal. With that, I reached out to my Manager via Email (Titled "Career Progression for ____ " and asked:
I would want to ask if you would have time later in the day to discuss my career with Company X.
I would just want to know what are the current plans for me, which areas I excel and which ones can develop more,
and how I can grow technically and professionally with Company X. Please let me know your availability to discuss. Thank you.
After some hours, still got no response so I reached out to him over Skype and we finally talked about it. Basically the gist was:
Me: Recently celebrated my 1st year with Company X and I just wanted to thank you for the challenges, opportunities, and learnings you’ve provided me.
Me: What are Management’s plans for me, in terms of opportunity, career advancement and professional development?
MGR: Foreseeing you to be the Subject Matter Expert in another year or two. When the opportunity comes, will make mention of your work to Management when asked.
Me: When will we have Annual Performance Appraisals?
MGR: Company X used to have annual appraisals but now appraisals are a case-to-case basis.
Me: Would it be possible for me to request for formal Trainings / Certifications to improve my technical skill?
MGR: it is unclear if Company X sponsors formal trainings. Send a list of preferred training courses and would check with management.
P.S. I also sent this discussion over an email as to have documentation.
It seems to me my manager doesn't have any plans to develop my skills and only provided open-ended possibilities and has no formal plans for me. I already sent him a list of formal trainings months back but he keeps on saying he's going to check with Management/HR.
What can I possibly do to get an appraisal or get support for a formal training?
Some context, my manager shares the same characteristics as the manager in this Question (How to proceed when remote boss doesn't answer emails?), Among others.