Running into a frustrating situation at work at the moment. I've been on and off this one project for the past five or six months, and I've felt largely sidelined the entire time I've been on it. Compared to other projects I've been on, I've just felt like I haven't been given the opportunity to have the responsibilities that someone with my experience could have. It's tough because I was a later addition to the team, so I understand that not a ton of the managers really knew my experience, but I feel like I haven't been given any opportunities to really prove myself or even advocate for my experience. It's a general issue at my company, considering that people often bounce around different projects with different teams, but usually you're working under a specific partner who should know your work experience and skillset better.
We were brought back onto the project this week with a reduced team, and my hope was that having less people around, I'd be able to feel less sidelined. However, it's still felt like I've been given less opportunities than the rest of the team, and the associate partner who's running this has a habit of bulldozing through conversations and not really letting anyone get a word in edgewise; every time we try to suggest a reasoning for something, he tells us to just follow what he's saying. We had a team meeting where I was pretty quiet and not engaging as much due to me not having many opportunities to engage, and then he comes by after to talk. It turns out that the partner had recommended me to lead the development of one of the options, but then the associate partner decided after the fact to give both options to another coworker because she was more familiar with the development and he hadn't worked with me and therefore didn't know what my experience was. It just hurts because the partner seemed to advocate for my skills, but because this one mid-level manager didn't just ask about my experience or skill set, I'm being shut out of an opportunity to do more. He told me I was in charge of another portion, but that portion has been worked on by someone else for a while and it feels shitty to try to step in and extert too much control on that.
I mostly just feel like I'm being put in a position where I can't really say anything, lest I rock the boat. My performance review with the partner is in two weeks so I'm wondering if I hold onto my issues for now and wait to bring it up then, or if I say something sooner (and then appear like I'm sulking or inflexible or something).