I'm leaving. Do I complain before I go?
January 5, 2012 4:50 PM Subscribe
Should I complain about the financial treatment of my department in an organization I'm leaving?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total)
I work in a department the entire company depends on, and this department has been ignored financially since I started. The department desperately needs at least a minimal level of funding to continue serving the company, and that funding has been repeatedly delayed, ignored and pushed aside. Meanwhile, the company has spent many times the money my department needs on cosmetic things like art, furniture, new (not replacement) kitchen appliances and cosmetic outdoor improvements. This is not a design, modeling or other organization whose well being depends on its appearance, though I imagine management would argue that point.
I have a very good track record with this organization, but I will almost certainly be leaving the company in the next few months to move to another city. I have thoughts of expressing frustration to my department head about the company's financial priorities. I have little hope that my complaints will amount to anything in the near or long term. I am concerned that any complaining could influence references I might get from the company in the future. I understand that a company giving a bad reference is often not legal, but I believe this is largely ignored and unenforced. Basically, I've set myself up for getting an excellent reference after I leave, and I don't want to screw it up by complaining now.
Do I complain to the head of the department about the financial priorities of the organization, or do I keep my mouth shut, move on and be sure that I'll get good references after I leave?