I got a raise (! … ?)
I got my raise info last week.
I wasn’t really impressed.
My manager was aware of that, even though he tried to paint a bright picture, telling me how dismal everyone else’s raises were. My raise was actually quite good if you compare it to everyone else in the company. So what? I still am underpaid, probably by about 10%. The demands on me have risen, my contributions are not insignificant, and thus, my salary expectations have also risen.
I really trust and like my manager. He has done everything he can for me, and he is confident about my promotion this year, confident of my career potential. I believe him. They really changed things up last year, and it isn’t his fault. He speaks highly of me, as do those who work with me. I blame people so many levels up that I wouldn’t recognize them if I passed them in the hall, save their pictures on our company web site. They probably think we all should just be happy to have good jobs. But we are the people who survived 2-3 rounds of layoffs over the years. It is a bad message to send your employees, the people who are the core of your company.
We chatted about future career opportunities, about what is going on currently with our jobs, strategizing how to make sure my promotion goes through… and this and that. I am really lucky that he takes his job as a manager seriously and really wants to help his people grow. I just need to work on figuring out what direction I want to go in next. Managers also have full-time technical responsibilities, and not all of them really put in the time and effort. He does, and he has some connections within the company (that I obviously don’t have), and he can help me build a really bright career. I’m motivated, he’s connected and helpful. It’s a good combination, despite the salary disappointment.
I don’t want to seem ungrateful. I am glad that I got a raise. For the curious (who stuck it out through my whole post), my raise was between 5%-6%. So on one level, I am VERY MUCH excited and thrilled to work the new money into my budget. Yay! More savings! Plus, I can reduce my 401k contributions a notch, making it even MORE awesome. The raise is a very good thing, and frankly, it was almost exactly what I thought it would be when I heard what the overall company “raise bucket” was.
But I am still not happy with my overall compensation, and I’m not afraid to talk about it. I just am not sure what to DO about it. Can I go back in time and renegotiate my entire salary?