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You sound like a talented fella mate.
The only advice I can give you is that you will NEVER earn what you are worth working for someone else. Take your talents and start something up on your own, you clearly have the drive and ambition to succeed.
Just over a year ago (before lockdown) I was in the US at company planning meetings. I had been looking for a different role within the company (after 10 years) and had asked for the possibility of a rotation to manage another team.
When I brought it up in a 1:1 with my manager (a director) he mentioned (very dismissively) that HIS manager ( a VP) had told him I was too old to promote and he was keeping any opportunities for younger managers.
I went back to the hotel that night and sent a note, detailing the conversation, to another director colleague of mine.
My latest (different to above) manager/director just left the team with 2 weeks notice. I had to take 5 additional headcount to my current 10 and my portfolio is now close to $1b (was $600m). Iím working 12-15 hour days just to stand still.
Despite having another exceptional end of year review (Iíve had 10 great reviews btw) in March, being a ĎRock Starí ( itís a thing in here, for top management scores etc when I asked for a promotion it fell on deaf ears and my last managers job has been advertised in US but not in Europe.
I feel that there IS a ageism cultural issue at play. Iím 57.
Anyone experience this type of scenario before. At this stage I feel I just want out.