I have joined this new company for little less than a year. I had interviewed for a different role but due to certain hiring constraints joined in a different team and role. The team I am in is not very technical, there's a lot of process and grind work that's part of the role. It is rather different from what I have been doing which was essentially automation of manual processes and deployment pipelines using tools and coding.
I had one review till now where I got an average rating, to me it seemed sub optimal given I put in a lot of effort to add value to the team. Some of the comments I received included that I should come up with my own ideas (this was with respect to a manual process that I automated which was lying in the backlog for over two years) and also related to some of the choices I made (manager asked if I want project A or B and I said I'm definitely interested in A).
To be honest, I feel my manager is nit picking and he also trivialized my work by making comments like anyone can code, ideas are important, etc even when no one from the team actively owned to execute the ideas.
I feel my manager doesn't particularly like me due to the above behaviors. In this situation how do I set myself up for a good performance review the next time. I would have considered quitting but I like the vibe of the company and some of the other teams are doing phenomenal work. It was hard for me to get in so even if I quit I don't want to quit without trying first.
In most of my previously held roles I became a go to person pretty quickly and got good visibility. How do I do this here?
Hi OP, new here so sharing about what works for me.
In your case, looks like you were hired for a non-technical role but you are executing technically => this might be a mismatch of expectations/responsibilities between you and your manager. I suspect your manager is not expecting you to spend so much time coding for your non-technical role.
Then again, clarifying the expectations with your manager is the most direct way of finding out how to exceed it i.e what would exceeds look like?
It sounds like you are a huge resource yet to be recognized in your new company, I can imagine the start thus far may be discouraging but maybe I can share an idea to steal attention away from that discouragement from my humble experience:
On another note, I also think that it can be easy to believe that a manager 'trivializes' the work we put in. But I am learning to not focus too much on this and work on building my relationship with my manager by really taking advantage of the 1:1's as Alex & Rahul stress in https://www.jointaro.com/lesson/FEK6JZqW2Jg3rdN9yeGn/masterclass-how-to-have-impactful-1-on-1-meetings/ (and really driving the meetings even if they say they have no feedback and they think I'm doing a 'good job'), mainly because:
These are definitely what I have recognized thus far, but perhaps I would be saying something a little different farther down the road in my career. I think future me would still do the informal peer review form though, and continue practicing the art of diverting-my-attention-to-areas-of-improvement-rather-than-things-that-do-a-great-job-of-discouraging-me; I guess this latter is just a useful life skill to have in any situation haha.