I am still in somewhat stunned disbelief over the latest insanity where I work. This is mostly going to be a bit of a rant more than a request for advice, unfortunately, because I'm already doing the only thing I can, which is applying for jobs elsewhere.
Some quick background. I work at a Contract Research Organization- basically scientists for hire. Since our work by definition doesn't belong to us but belongs to the person hiring us, it's incredibly rare for us to be able to publish scientific papers. My company has a policy that promises a bonus of $500 for every paper we publish.
I did some work that turned out absolutely spectacularly, and the person hiring us was so pleased that he wanted to publish it. He asked me to write the paper (I did), and submit it to a journal. Fourteen months of revisions, reviewer's responses, and formatting errors later, the paper was finally published in a reasonably well-read journal.
I submitted the appropriate request for my bonus last August, and have been waiting to get the bonus, figuring that they'd roll it in with year-end bonuses (the company is cheap that way).
Just yesterday, I discovered that the director had decreed my publication "not worthy" of a bonus, because the journal "wasn't prestigeous enough." What! A) There isn't a company list of "acceptable" journals to publish in; B) The journal is read internationally- it's not like I was publishing in the Paraguayan Peanut-Grower's Monthly or something; and C) He denied me the bonus IN AUGUST, and they're just now telling me about this. I'm furious.
I wish I could go to HR, but there's only one HR person for the company, and when the director says "frog" she starts hopping. I know that etiquette-wise there isn't a darn thing I can do, but this strikes me as the last straw in bad management from this company. I'm outta here as soon as I find something else.