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.
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.
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?