I have been in a Tech company in USA for a few months and I work in a team of 4 people which includes me. The company is going through many reorganizations and I have seen a few long term and short term employees leave during my time. Many of these employees are at senior levels. New employees also come in sometimes in other teams. There is no onboarding plan and goals keep changing often. I have seen other new employees complain about all this on glassdoor too.
I generally haven't had much work, but I often requested my manager for more work in one on one meetings. Most of the work is hoarded by one person who is the most experienced in their role and in the company's systems and products. The manager does not seem to want to divide the load more fairly among the rest of the team, despite so many hints about the hoarding without calling out the hoarder directly. The manager does not have a plan to enable the rest of the team to become experts like the hoarder.
I was added to a project a few weeks late and no one kept any documentation of what happened in crucial meetings before I joined. As a result, I had a hard time catching up and getting things done. But, I managed to get them done properly on time. Recently, I had a slightly heated argument about the work assignments in a meeting with the team. My manager met with me and sent me an email which essentially says that (A) I should prepare in advance before joining a project and (B) Keep calm in team meetings. I am generally calm and I can work on (B) by simply avoiding conflict while I am here. But, I can't do (A) if they add me so late to projects and without any advance notice. The manager has suggested the possibility of me joining another team where the work is partly related to my work experience.
I now suspect that the manager might be trying to or thinking of putting me on a PIP or PDP, i.e. Performance Improvement Plan or Development plan. I would like to be prepared in case he puts me on a PIP. I have some questions about this.
1 - Should I reply to their email and tell them that its hard for me to do point (A) because they added me late to a project with no advance notice? But, I fear that replying like this might only infuriate the manager and worsen things. (Btw, I will not admit to point (B) in writing as it puts me in jeopardy for a minor thing which I am sure happens often in the professional world.)
2 - Can a company put me on PIP without any notice?
3 - Can the company fire me on the basis of my manager's email, especially if I don't refute it?