Is it a red flag for an agency to promote people often?

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Promotion with no raises, sure


got one of those this year. go me!

It could be scars from previous agency, but in my experience promotions happened to try to placate people for being overworked or to keep them from leaving. Some of them even happened the same day as layoffs/firings.


The same day thing sound more of a logistical convenience for HR and finance. Ok, here’s the hard reset date, all the paperwork is filed, boom bam bang- staff adjustment, these people gone, these people promoted, move on tomorrow with new structure… But also absolutely are people being placated. If you have to dangle a carrot for a good employee that’s worth it you have to do it. Recruiters are hiding under your desk in the morning and people don’t stay in jobs long term like they used to. Have to dance.

If it means there are people in roles who aren’t ready for those roles, then yes. That’s a big issue. Usually means they’re underpaying people, too.


Sounds like quite the contrary.


Could you give an example?



When it’s not me... yes.

My agency has really good/high retention- yearly raises and they’re pretty good about promotions. So id say it’s pretty nice. But I guess I can see your hesitation if you’ve been burned by this.

This is my experience as well. Feel like they actually do a pretty good job of moving people at the right pace for their development/career rather than ‘how many years it takes to become a senior’ etc.

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