I've been with my current employer for 10 years, with 20+ years of total experience as a software engineer. At my current company, I was promoted from software engineer to senior software engineer 3 years ago.
I'm starting to receive feedback from my new manager that I am not performing at a senior level. I was surprised to hear that for a variety of reasons (one is that about a month ago, he was pushing me to work towards a promotion; the other being that I've been getting positive reviews for the past 3 years in the position). I'm willing to accept that I'm not senior material; I very much prefer to go heads down and write code, which I recognize is the expectation of a mid-level engineer vs. a senior.
All of which is to say: am I employable as a non-senior software engineer? I understand it would come with a pay cut. My concern is that I will not be considered for those positions. I've considered just not mentioning the promotion to senior on my resume; but that might also look like a red flag (10 years with zero promotions? What is wrong with her?).