Moving Up the Corporate Ladder?

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Moving Up the Corporate Ladder?
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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 1:06pm

Promotions - do you think that your working status plays a role?

Working moms - do you think that your status as a mom limits you on how far you can be promoted in your field?

SAHMs - do you think that your spouse is more promotable because your status gives him more flexibility at work?

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 10:50am
i didn't say my personal story was an indicator of discrimination. but i think discrimination like what the op felt and in the work place, "general" is very real. take two people who are interviewing for the same job, both bring equal qualifications and both put in about the same amount of time. an employer could very well pick one candidate over another for reasons unrelated to the job like having a SAH spouse. but the employer isn't going to just come out and say, i picked him over you because his spouse SAH, discrimination is sometimes about what's not said than what is.

 

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 11:00am


I don't really see this as an inhibitor to promotions. Many of the high achieving execs in my particular industry have flexible schedules, but they also possess the ability and desire to work long hours and perhaps travel extensively.

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 11:20am

I think it depends on the industry and the individual company AND the inate talent of the individual.

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 11:21am
I agree with you that high achieving people may have flexible schedules, but ime, working long hours and traveling extensively do interfere with things like staying home with sick kids or picking them up from dc at a certain time.
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 11:29am
I think it depends *a lot* on the industry and the individual job. I guess it also depends on how high-achieving we're talking about. Not sure about innate talent--unless you're Steve Jobs, there are always people with talent, but some people are more motivated to get to the top than others.
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 12:48pm

Having to move to advance is increasingly common, particularly with international companies. In fact, I do not know a single person at the director level or higher who has not had to move for work. It's just expected.

And it's not just the flexibility of the spouse that matters; work status also plays a big role, because even if a working spouse is willing to move, it may not be possible to find a job in the new area, which might limit the other person's ability to move and take that promotion.

And promotions often mean longer hours and more work, at least at the beginning. If the promoted person has to cut things short because the working spouse has to work late, too, it most definitely does

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 1:59pm

I have a feeling this is going to be a long post. The short answer

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 3:05pm

My dh was told my his supervisors that sick leave was not to be used for sick children (this was after he called in one day to stay home with one).

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 5:26pm

We get a certain number of days for family and we are asked to put it in the time recording application if it is for family. My husband is not asked to report it this way.

My friend, SAHM of 4, had cancer and could not care for the kids for 4 weeks. Her husband was new at my work and they told him to hire a nanny. I was like - "oh no they didn't" - we have a

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 5:58pm

Ha, this place was run by all tools.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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