Help! Performance review mania!

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So I had my performance review last week and during the conversation, I was asked certain things which I hadn't prepared for. Was wondering how you all would have handled it.

For context: Firm is horrific. To give you an indication > 50% (yes you read that right) of junior staff have left in the last year alone. Reasons include shit pay and long working hours.

Scenario 1

Bosses: Slothsloth, can we count on you to be here for the next year? We are concerned you may leave?

Me: Yeah sure you can. I am gunning for partner track. XXX is my idol and I aspire to be like him.

Even though I answered that way, I obviously meant otherwise. How would you deal with this? Obviously, word counts for shit, plans change along the way etc. But what annoys me is that they were trying to extract out a commitment from me. Fuck them.

Scenario 2

Bosses: Slothsloth, this is your (below market) bonus and you would have nil increment this year as the firm hasn't been doing well. What do you think of it?

Me: It is acceptable.

I was thinking of just saying my mind. This is absolute shit. I have figures from recruiters to back them up, don't pull this bullshit on me. But since I don't have another job (or leverage) on hand, I had to be humble and say yeap acceptable. No problemo. In my mind, there is no upside to even hinting that I am not happy with it. What are they going to do? Go back to HR to get approval for more bonus?

How would you all have handled either scenario?

Thanks.

Comments (6)

Mar 12, 2019
slothsloth:

How would you all have handled either scenario?

Essentially the same way you did. Well done. Keep your mouth shut and vote with your feet.

Mar 12, 2019
HighlyClevered:
slothsloth:

How would you all have handled either scenario?

Essentially the same way you did. Well done. Keep your mouth shut and vote with your feet.

Thank you Sir! Felt so much frustration for not being able to speak my mind during the session (it lasted 30 minutes) but glad I did the right thing.

Mar 12, 2019

Do not go back to HR to beg for more bonus. From your brief description, it would have to snow in hell before that MD yanked your bonus up to Street-level.

You have no leverage atm and did the right thing. Keep your mouth shut and fck them at the next possible crossroad when you land another gig.

Mar 12, 2019
QuiltEmerson:

Do not go back to HR to beg for more bonus. From your brief description, it would have to snow in hell before that MD yanked your bonus up to Street-level.

You have no leverage atm and did the right thing. Keep your mouth shut and fck them at the next possible crossroad when you land another gig.

Thank you for the response. I feel much better already. Yeah I am just going to focus on my job search.

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Mar 21, 2019

Scenario 1 I would have said I hope to be working here and enjoy what I'm doing then likely would have asked about the upcoming year goals for the group and chime in any strategic idea that I have.

Scenario 2 is tough. Generally I would ask the range and want to know where I fell. This will guide you to where you can take it which is either a you problem or provide expectations into next year. I have only successfully gotten my bonus increased one time after communication so that's difficult and required a major fight which is mentally and emotionally damaging for all. Don't think my boss and I were ever really able to mend our relationship after that. But that wasn't though HR, don't ever go to HR. I aired my grievance with my MD and hinted let's have a meeting with the group head and then it took off from there higher into the food chain.

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Mar 22, 2019
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