In our company, we have a yearly performance review with the department manager (software department). Our team lead supplies the department manager with his opinion and data, and who then decides whether we get a raise or not. Our team lead is new to the company. He has been on board for a little over a year. I've been on the team for just under a year, but with the company for longer than him.
I've heard of at least 3 team members who were taken by surprise by a negative review. Over the course of the year, they've asked him for feedback about their performance and every time he said it was fine. They got official warnings during their reviews and are obviously on their way to be fired. I know at least one is on a PIP. I'm on a scrum team with these people and I believe they are doing fine.
I've also asked about my performance. I got the same response. He said I was performing fine, that it wasn't perfect, but that was to be expected of a junior. Now I'm getting a tad worried. I do not trust him anymore. How can I deal with a team lead who says I'm doing fine, even if that is not the case? I've already put my CV out there, but I do not plan to leave my job before I have a new one lined up.
GOAL: How can I and my colleagues protect ourselves from this team lead?