I’ve been working at my current job as a GIS analyst for 3 months shy of 5 years, before that I was a GIS manager at the state level for 3 years and I have my M.S. in my field.
I am in charge of setting up and implementing an enterprise GIS system, with only limited, and reluctant help from our IT department that is suppose to support the server side of the application. When I attend other conferences I find organizations the same size as ours has 4-5 people in a department doing what I do. Two years ago we hired an intern that works 15 hours a week tops, and my boss likes to consider her part time but she needs considerable guidance.
About two years ago I was put on-call 24/7 to support our “call before you dig” requirements. And while it’s only emergencies I have to respond to them immediately and we only get at most one a month on average, I’m still required to carry a company phone at all times and be able to respond to an emergency at a moments notice. It doesn’t take much action on my part, I have to review a document and make the determination of work needs to be done and then call the appropriate field workers. The rule is you have 8 hours to responds but once it took an hour because it came while I was in a doctors appointment and I received some heat for how long it took.
Now it has come to promotion and raise time. This year on one project I saved the company more than my salary, along with a number initiatives I have implemented, saving huge amounts of manhours in other department. I have received glowing performance reviews the last two years, and two years ago they had started talking about a promotion from analyst I to II. I was told this year that our IT departments dragging their feet was affecting my promotion potential, as we were still in a test system and not a production system. Well here we are, moved into our production system... but no promotion. Now I’m being told that our department VP does not generally promote people unless they have people working underneath them. This is a blatant lie as someone else working under my boss, who has since left, was promoted right out of school to Analyst II after 3 years.
When raise time came I was given a 3.2% raise. I have only seen one higher at 3.8%. I was told this was good because inflation was only 1.5% (it’s 1.9%), I feel like I had been rewarded with a cost of living increase, not a raise. I have been a hard working innovative employee for almost 5 years.
I tend to not be able to look at the bright side of things, but it seems with my performance reviews, contributions, and permanent on call status seems like I’m not being treated in an equitable manner.
I’m starting to become apathetic about my job because I feel like I’ve had a carrot dangled in front of me the last two years, and they are continuing to dangle that carrot.
Is it time to jump ship or am looking at the world from a very negative perspective as I’ve been known to do due to my health issues?