I have worked for the same organization for about 10 years in a senior manager role (I was hired into this role). Over time the role has developed into something larger with more responsibility but there is no room for growth I will not receive a grade or title change. The organization itself is run by 1-2 individuals who exert maximum involvement in every decision (it's a 500 person company). I have found myself reporting to 1 of these individuals vs. my normal boss because some of the projects are high profile or sensitive.
The individual and I don't always see eye to eye, honestly, I think we are both type A in a sea of type B and maybe are too much alike. Needless to say this person and I have a working relationship but it's not really built on trust other than the person knows I will get the task done but doesn't always like me or my work style.
This individual isn't going anywhere, they have 15 years until retirement and have helped build this company (they are not a founder) and clearly there is no incentive to move on.
Annual bonuses are based largely on how much this person thinks you have done or not done (bonuses are around 1-3% of salary). Last year I did not receive a bonus because this person thought I had done a poor job communicating my frustration over a policy decision. I asked to receive coaching around this issue, at the end of the day the coaching as incredibly valuable and has helped me navigate the political side of things (basically how to hide any and all emotion around the decision making black hole at our company). I have also spent the past year working on my resume, interviewing for jobs, networking etc. to get a new job but nothing perfect yet.
It's bonus time again and I have NO idea if I will get one. I have had some major accomplishments this year (employees are not allowed to ask for or advocate for their own bonus, it's decided among the top 3 company officers). We do not conduct performance reviews unless your position is changing or there is a problem.
If I am passed over for bonus again this year, is it time to pack it in and accept the fact they want me out or should I suck it up and just accept the salary with no hope of ever getting a bonus? I like my job, the benefits are very good, I have a lot of flexibility, but to know the senior leadership doesn't support me makes me think it's time to move along.
On the flip side, if I do get a bonus, is all forgiven from last year?