Today was my annual review at work.
The company is finally doing well again (we had some hard times and a lot of layoffs in previous years) and I was hopeful that I would get a reasonable raise. I did ok in that department (not exactly what I wanted, but within half a percent of it).
I also found out that they’ve changed my job title to more accurately reflect what I do for a living: from “Senior Applications Engineer” to “Solutions Engineer”.
You’ll notice that the “Senior” bit didn’t follow me to my new title.
It shouldn’t bother me. My duties are still what they were when I came to work this morning and I make more money now than I did when I came to work today… but it does. I feel like I’ve been stripped of my authority, that my value has somewhat diminished. I guess it’s all in perception.
I told them it didn’t bother me, but I’m finding after a little time to reflect, it does bother me… quite a bit. Of course, I’ll never say anything about it at work (that’s not my way) and will continue to keep doing what I do. Perhaps I’ll earn it back next year.