Hi Everyone,

I am working on a title re-evaluation project right now.  We currently have 2 engineering roles, Level 1 and Level 2, that have distinct competencies.  We also have a business need behind the differences in competencies.   The 2 rolls have been in place and unchanged in 10 years which is why we are re-evaluating them.  The career path goes from Level 1 to Level 2.  There are several people who over the years have been promoted from Level 1 to Level 2 and have been at Level 2 for several years.

As part of the evaluation we want to determine whether or not it makes sense to add a Level 3 soley to be used for promotion purposes to provide upward direction for people that have been Level 2 for a long time and have a proven track record.  The responsibilites of Level 2 and Level 3 will be almost identical.

I would appreciate feedback on this idea. 

Have you tried it?  How did it go?

What are the pros/cons of doing this?

Do you know of any reference materials for/against this?

I looked at several books and could not find anything directly addressing this topic.  I have found a few articles on the web but there seems to be an even number for and against without a lot of meat about why.