Today I signed an offer letter with a big company in the US that I was very excited to work for.
Less than two hours after signing the offer, and after I withdrew my application to the other company that had expressed interest in hiring me, the company's internal recruiter, with whom I've been communicating for many weeks, emailed me this:
I'm not sure if we discussed this but I need to let you know that for the first two weeks, you will have a 10% cut in pay.
The recruiter further explained that it's because of temporary pay cuts across the whole company due to COVID-19, which happen to expire 2 weeks into my employment there.
While I have no objection to temporary pay cuts due to COVID-19--and actually think it's a really good way of preventing layoffs--I have a strong objection to their failure to disclose this until after I sign the offer letter. If the recruiter had brought it up earlier, I would have readily accepted the pay cut.
The recruiter's claim to be "not sure if we discussed this" is not credible to me. We certainly did not discuss this. Even if the recruiter was not trying to conceal the pay cut and just forgot to mention it before, the recruiter seems to be dishonest about their mistake now.
Should I raise any objection to the way they handled this? If so, how?
It's not about the money for me, and I don't really care if I have to take the pay cut. I want to make it known that their failure to disclose isn't OK. But, I don't want to get started on the wrong foot at this company or risk losing the offer because I complained.