Out of sync with official policy

General Details
Working mother
Professional Services
Type of leave:
Number of years professional experience:
6-10 years
Length of leave:
6-12 months
Type of experience:
Work pattern on return:
Flexible full-time
Message During my review discussion prior to leaving for maternity leave, I was told that only people scored 4 and above could be considered for promotion. As each team could issue only a limited number of 4s, it wouldn't make sense to waste a 4 on me (even though all feedback scored me a 4). Hence he took it upon himself to effectively take me out of the promotion race. The scoring also impacts your pay and so I was out of pocket too.
Returning to a full time position (people at my grade had since been promoted with less experience), I was told that I had limited time to prove I would be suitable for promotion (and that my performance prior to maternity leave would effectively not count). After challenging this to understand what exactly I would need to demonstrate, I obtained some clear measurable objectives. Needless to say, having met those objectives, I 'just' missed out and was told that it would be mine the following period.
I then floated the idea of reducing my working hours to a 4 day week and was told in no uncertain terms that would slow my progression and it may then mean that I would not be promoted until the following year. I handed in my resignation fairly swiftly thereafter.
This is a reputable firm, with excellent policies but your experience will largely depend upon the ingrained attitudes of the people you work for. My current firm has less favourable official policies but in practice have offered me more flexibility and better progression/pay prospects.
Please correct the errors and try again.
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