Hi all, I joined Harman 2.5 years back at entry level.
I'm yet to get promotion which I found very dubious and disappointing especially at junior levels.
Meanwhile even the FAANGs promote after 1.5-1.8 years which are much more intense and rigorous company.
Can someone give insight as to what Should I do now?

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I don’t even know what Harman is or what they do. You didn’t specify what your role is and what did you do to have a promotion for example. I would suggest maybe you look a role on a FAANG .. taking your experience from Harman’s .. you can as well talk to your manager and see a plan to get you promoted next? Hope you make it


As others have said, a company generally won't promote you just because of your time in your current position. And they also generally won't promote you without at least some self advocacy.

Justifying a promotion at a junior level is generally easier than promotions at higher levels are, yes, but there still needs to be a justification based on your performance. If you've only been doing what you've been told to do, why would they choose to promote you?

Are you showing initiative? Growth? A desire to take on more responsibility? Are you helping others around you to grow through your actions? Are you demonstrating that you can be trusted to work independently, with less oversight and guidance than when you started?

If yes, then build your case for promotion and present it to your manager. If no, then I strongly suggest working on those things before asking for a promotion. Make it easy for your manager to justify your promotion to their manager and you'll be more likely to find success in your request.

I worked for Amazon for four years before moving to Harman. If you're interested in moving to an FAANG then I would be prepared to have a worse WLB compared to Harman (from personal experience as a people manager and not an individual contributor, others experiences may vary). My projects and responsibilities are larger in terms of scope at Harman than they were with Amazon.
But if promotions are your focus then moving companies every 2-3 years is your best opportunity to do so. At least, that's what the data says. The economy has changed since that time so the data could be skewed. More so with the amount of layoffs in the tech sector recently.
If you'd like, I'd be more than happy to provide additional details.


You have two choices - switch jobs (preferably one at a higher level) or to find a way to make them believe that promoting you would be a profitable decision.

Almost noone will promote you without a reason to do so. There are some companies that do it for the first 1-2 promotions but then promotions from there on become much more difficult (borderline impossible in some cases.)

If promotions are big to you would recommend looking into consulting. Wlb will likely be worse, pay could be better or worse depending on industry, but you'll be in a culture, at least for the first several years or so, where promotions are more or less expected as long as you can keep surviving.

Promotion matter in the sense that I'm growing and also people do ask why u are not promoted even after 2.5 yr

You drive and own your career, not the company. There are multiple variables that go into promoting people. Besides your performance, which is your responsibility to promote with your manager regularly, it also depends on how the company is growing.

There are +/- to FAANG companies, they fire as much as they promote. The work environment is also more rigorous than others. They are a great learning experience and certainly will make you more marketable with that experience.

You are empowered to decide what is best for you.

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