Last week I got promoted and next week I have a talk with my lead to plan my future development. I am happy with my job and I think that I'm good at it, but the truth is that I have no hope in being further promoting in the foreseeable future. From what I have seen in my three years in this company, moving from my category to the next is very hard, close to impossible lately, as the company grows much slower as it used to do and there are hardly any openings. The people that I have seen trying have ended up quite frustrated, and have then quit. I have no wish to make that mistake, so my plan is to stay 1-2 years more here and then apply to a better company.
My company puts emphasis on career development throughout the whole year, and although I consider it's absurd due the lack of promotion chances that in reality exist, it's nevertheless part of the company culture and values that management tries to promote.
Of course I'm not going to tell my lead that my plan is to quit next year, but should I tell him openly that I don't believe the effort required to move to the next category is worth, and I want just to keep my current status, or should I try pretending that I'm interested? With the second I risk being given responsibilities that I don't want to take; with the first, at least going against company culture.