I have been working as an engineer with a fortune 500 company for 4-5 years since I graduated undergrad (also interned one summer). I had the full intention on pursuing an MBA and made aware to my manager that I was going to apply soon and would like some sort of tuition reimbursement. I made several arguments on why I needed an MBA (time in my career, looking for a lead/management position, develop business skills). My manager flat out refused to not grant me tuition reimbursement for my MBA, for reasons he wouldn't disclose. I am stuck in a predicament- do I finance my own MBA while working and allow my current employer to gain the benefits of my MBA skills or do I leave the company all together and pursue my MBA FT? Is it normal for fortune 500 employers to refuse MBA tuition assistance?
Many companies have poor tuition reimbursement programs when it gets to MBA. If you company does/did then you should consider yourself lucky.
Many feel that it is an add-on degree and your boss probably does not have one, so why should you?
On a side, why does your boss have such a big say in it? Isn't that a pure HR question?
It is a tough situation as you now probably should not get a LOR from him either; does not sound like a good person to get involved with. I personally hate when I am not told the truth and bare facts - that's immature.
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