My goal is get promoted to senior [5A], and I'm currently working remotely. My manager is okay with me working remote only, but the promo committee might not be as Uber leadership overall is investing into RTO, and my team has gone back to the office for the most part. Do you think this will hurt my chances, and if so, any tips on how to navigate the situation?
In an ideal world, you would get judged purely based on your performance and impact, but as I'm sure we all know, the real-world isn't ideal. I can definitely see how politics could arbitrarily affect your rating here, and the performance review process will usually be fairly opaque for a mid-level engineer.
Here are the things that are in your control that you could actually try:
Here's some resources on doing effective remote work: