I work for a small professional firm, with three partners, one of which holds more weight than the others; however, the "senior partner" is recuperating from significant health issues; therefore, I have only seen him in passing at random times. As a result, I brought my raise request to the next person in the chain of command a month ago (he does have the authority to adjust salary).
After I explained why I deserve the pay increase, I asked my boss to consider my request and we can revisit the topic the following week. The next week my boss and I did not cross paths, the week after, he told me that he had not reviewed my request; but would do so and get back to me this week. Yesterday, when asked, my boss told me "there is nothing to tell" because the senior partner, who has not been in the office, "wasn't in the mood" to hear anything.
This seems very disrespectful to wait until the last minute, after having a month to review my request. This is my first experience negotiating a pay increase, and I thought the worst was behind me after giving my pitch, I was so wrong.
Is it safe to assume that I’m not valued?