For the past four years, I am employed as a PM. I started working for my current employer, about 1.5 years ago.
My job title is a Product Manager, and I lead a team of five people with a structure like, One team leader, for e.g., lets call him A, and one second to the team lead, lets call him B, 2 supervisors and 1 assistant manager.
A and B have been employees of the company for the longest period of time—roughly four years—and get along well with all CXOs and the department head. They are also fairly knowledgeable and smart.
Please tell me if I’m being petty or if A and B really are being rude and a little snobby in these situations. The team suffers from significant information asymmetry; all information from senior management only reaches A and B, and the rest of us only receive secondhand information. They will jump in at any time if we juniors are trying to lead a project and say things like, “It’s better if I set context because I know the architecture.” I initially believed it was just my inexperience, but I’m not so sure now. There are also these brainstorming sessions between product and business regarding some complex requirements, and although I occasionally try to be assertive and contribute, there is never a chance because A and B are so loud that it is impossible to interrupt them. Furthermore, they don’t seem to be thinking clearly at all; in fact, most conversations are aimless, and they would have been more fruitful if everyone had worked on it independently before talking about it and comparing notes.
I know this sounds like a rant, but my coworkers and I feel like we’ve been cornered and bullied in some way. There is unmistakable bias, favoritism, and patronizing.
I manage a lot of things and work very hard, but I don’t get the credit I deserve. Has anybody experienced something similar? Should I be more assertive, or will it be in vain?