I work in a large investment bank as an associate with 2 years experience at this job. I asked for a pay rise after a year of work, when I felt I really needed it:
- First year resulted in a "A" grade performance management results;
- Line manager told me that they hired me on a "less than market salary" for this position;
- Currency value goes down, can't afford things; (Contract does not directly presume annual pay rises in case of inflation, etc.)
- Personal reasons.
Management said "OK". Expecting to get a pay rise in a few months, I was disappointed. Top-management could not make any decisions for a long time and nothing happened, they only said to wait a "little more". These was no open dialog about salary rise.
After 11 months, they finally offered me a pay rise - 10-15% less that I expected, saying something like that "Enjoy, you got the biggest promotion in your team, we chased management hard for it."
At this moment i'm already in the mid stage of being recruited to another company. In short: better pay, better opportunities. I'm in.
I feel controversial, as on one side they could not resolve a problem for a long time, and if i stay, that can happen again next year. On the other side, i'm not into conflicts and would like to save good relationships with my direct management.
Should I feel uncomfortable when leaving the company in such a situation?