Turned in my resignation, skip level manager wants to meet me & HR wants exit interview
I know it's generally a positive thing if skip level manager (who also happens to be VP in my case) wants to meet after you turn in your 2 week notice. However my main concern is that I'm leaving because my manager was not very effective, and there were rampant morale issues under my manager. There have been several exits in recent past, and I'm just another in that list.
I don't want to burn bridges with my manager by talking about the real reason to my skip. At the same time, I want to keep my doors open to returning back in future, perhaps reporting to another manager.
Additionally, HR has also reached out to me to conduct an exit interview.
I don't believe my manager is being targeted in this questioning though since he has been good at managing up, any despite the number of exits, leadership seems to have confidence in him.
What is the best way to handle this situation. Should I just thank him for his support and tell him that it was a career decision, or should I hint towards potential morale issues with my ineffective (IMO) manager?