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How can I productively channel this issue? It's not clear what "productively channel" means in this context. You do your job to the best of your ability. If that means your colleague appears comparatively diminished as a result, that's your bosses problem not yours. Do your work. Get rewarded accordingly. Let Sam and Sam's boss worry about his work and ...


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I think you're doing something here, out of goodness of your heart, that is preventing your boss from seeing the problem. If Sam struggles with something, based on the same-level position between the two of you, you are not actually responsible for him, but your boss. You don't have to be rude about it, but you can say "Hey Sam, I can't help with this ...


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The issue here is that life isn't fair. Stop focusing on others and focus on yourself. If you are getting paid market rates for your skill and function, let it go. If they are making it hard to hit deadlines, let that be known as that is important to the team and company. Under performing seniors should be terminated, not demoted, but that is an issue for ...


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How can I productively channel this issue? Like a comment suggests, I would not raise it and instead focus on doing your job efficiently. If your coworker really lacks skills for their role it will become evident with time, and with performance reviews. Channeling your time and effort to raise this will only diminish your performance and also not give a ...


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I was happy with my title until Sam came along about a year ago This part tells us that your core problem seems to be that you feel slighted. Your coworker's skills are lacking, but his title – and probably salary – match yours. I'll tell you that this should not be accepted. Yes, some people were born rich, some beautiful and you will have to deal with ...


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He is senior, not because he knows about QA automation, but for something else: He could be a manager, a tester, HR, controller, etc. etc. in senior capacity, and he is (for whatever reason) assigned to his current role as QA automation position. That means he could possibly teach you a thing or two. Take advantage of that!


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I know that I can't complain to our lead that I feel the discrepancy in our ability would make Sam a junior I think you can absolutely raise this with your lead (assuming you share a line manager here) - although you might not want to phrase it quite that way, and certainly not as though you're pitching for him to be "demoted". It might be sufficient to ...


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While I agree with the existing answers (you should definitely focus on your own work), I think it's important to keep in mind that two things you mention should be addressed in some way: by the same token there isn't really any higher I could rise without changing my role to something different If that's true, than you career is stagnating right now (...


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Like everyone says, focus on your own work. I've had people who aren't up to scratch work with me, and I've always helped them out (as long as they are willing to learn). That's how we all grow. Then again, think about it .. what if somehow through your networking skills you end up in a senior management level job which you are not really qualified for. ...


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Avoid expressing opinion; let the facts speak for themselves. Your co-worker sounds like the "senior" developer I'm currently cleaning up after. I'd characterize him as a barely-competent junior developer who requires constant handholding to not $#&@ up everything he touches. But I'd never tell my boss that. I let the code do the talking. Pretty close ...


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The way you deal productively with this situation is by working effectively with your peers, including Sam. Titles, especially title modifiers, mean almost nothing. In many workplaces, you are "senior" "junior" "associate" "principal" or "staff" depending on arbitrary org-chart rules which are devised by HR and based on not much at all. It appears that you'...


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It's time to rise a question about competence model in your company. It could help business to have better job from everyone; for everybody it will be clear when to get next +level or bonus; what perspectives does everyone have; people will be motivated to be better professionals.


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