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2344769 - Manager cycle detected message


Not able to update a user record in Manage Users or in Employee import

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Reproducing the Issue

When you go to:

  1. Admin Center
  2. Update User Information
  3. Manage Users
  4. Trying to update a user record and receives the following error:

Manager Cycle.PNG

This behavior can also happen on doing an Employee Import through jobs or an Employee Import. It is possible to receive this error message


This is a data issue. There is a circular loop with the manager (whom your are trying to assign) as one in the cycle. You get that error message when you have a loop in the hierarchy and the system does not support loops.

Examples of loop:

  • manager reporting to his own direct report


  • User A is manager of User B
  • User B is manager of User C
  • User C is manager of User A


  1. Go to Admin Center > Update User Information > Employee Export > Export the file> Save the file
  2. Go to Admin Center > Update User Information > Employee Import > Select the file and "Validate File"

Please note that the system will show the issue(s) with Manager Cycle, please correct them.


Manager cycle detected. Employee import , KBA , LOD-SF-PLT-USR , User Management , Problem


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