Last year, I moved to a different state of the US to start a new job. The company gave me a signing bonus to assist with the relocation. If I leave the company within 2 years of starting, my offer letter says I need to pay back the signing bonus. My impression is that this means leaving of my own accord.
In the job, the company set me up to fail, according to my mentor (who is on my team). They placed me on a 30-day PIP (performance improvement plan) a week and a half ago, citing mostly dubious factors and creating goals which are almost entirely subjective. My mentor agreed. He has no idea why they would put me on a PIP.
Because I recently bought a house near the job and my spouse has no income, I started looking for a new job immediately.
However, my manager told me to make arrangements for an international business trip next month - which is after the PIP currently expires. The cost of this trip and the amount of my signing bonus add up to about a month's salary. If I had to pay it all back, I would effectively be working for free the whole time I am on the PIP.
- Would I need to pay for the business trip if the company terminates me before the trip?
- If I resign to start a new job, would I need to pay for the trip?
- Can I avoid needing to repay the signing bonus? If so, how?