Throw away account and keeping details brief.
My current employeer is trying to stop exodus in my department. As an attempt they are offering substantial raise, which would put me slightly above average market value, but they are requirng to stay in the company for next 2 years (otherwise I have to pay back the raise if I leave before that). They also hint at another big raise after that period of time (which I can probably get in writing).
For some people it is attractive deal, because they have been with company since the beginning (10+ years), but for me it looks like a huge career limitation.
Since 2020 I've been working purerly remotely and so far managed to stay that way. I have little to no personal relationships with most of people due to culture and language barriers. Company is slowly pushing for hybrid and then 0 remote work.
By agreeing to company's terms I get a very big raise for very simple and stable job. However, I'm trading a lot of freedom and favours I've acquired. I might loose home office & possible promotion (because company has no incentive to make me happy after I sign this new contract).
Options I see:
- Try to negotiate with company for shorter period. I can stay in the company and train replacements and leave on good terms.
- Accept the offer and eventualy become disgruntled employee that can't leave company (I already know that it's not possible to negotiate shorter notice period than what's on contract)
- Refuse the raise. Look for another job ASAP and risk burning bridges. I can probably get better salary in new job than what my company is currently offering.
What should I do? 2 & 3 are basically to be: damned if I do, damned if I don't. Meanwhile 1 my manager can keep stalling for weeks and I can potentially miss a lot of money if I don't do anything