The idea of being an at-will employee scares me since I am the breadwinner for my family. Recently I received some wrongfully objective lower scores in an evaluation which could impact my annual pay raise, but also my overall performance at the company. I brought my concerns to my manager who disagreed and is sending to his manager for review.
My concern is that by fighting for an appropriate evaluation score I am making myself a target for termination in a company where complacency seems to be valued over capability. And that there would be no recourse for me to act on if terminated because I disagreed with my evaluation.
Is it safer/better for me to just keep my mouth shut and take whatever is thrown my way even if it affects my ability to move up in the company or get raises?
(Fun fact: I once had a supervisor advise me not to give the department negative scores on a survey because too many would make the department look bad unnecessarily).