I came across this article and it describes my workplace experiences to a T. If you want the full story, I recommend reading that. Otherwise, some quick background:
- I'm in my mid-20s working in large corporate office.
- Before my current manager, I've always had stellar reviews
For the last year and a half, I've been working with my current manager. I'm the only other female on the team, and from Day 1, she's treated me more harshly, from glaring at my dresses and heels (everything I wear strictly adheres to company code) to nitpicking everything I do. When other managers or coworkers commend me for something, she stays completely silent. She has an elephant's memory for all the times I made small mistakes, but promptly forgets all the times I went above and beyond.
I won't go into details of her micromanaging, lack of organization, and countless last-minute requests.
The Problem: Last year, she gave me an average score rating in my performance review, which was lower than all my previous years' scores w/ other managers. All the coworkers I told were shocked. To put into context, that same year I had been nominated for a company-wide award by other stakeholder, among other achievements, which by itself should have pushed me over the above average score range. When I asked the manager why she gave me that score, she gave a vague answer and said firmly, "This cannot be changed."
After 7 more months of putting up with crap like this, I finally decided to look for other positions within the company. However, hiring managers see a candidate's past performance scores, and I'm worried this will hinder my process.
Is there a way to address the blemish on my record?
Also, should I be reporting any of these incidents to HR? Would they actually do anything, assuming I documented everything? I'm a minority, if that makes any difference.