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Expecting a Raise

Savvy Confessions: Am I Silly to Expect a Raise?

This anonymous poster in our Savvy Confessions group wants to know if she deserves a raise. Chime in with your thoughts below.

OK, so I have been with my current employer for three years.  I have it made!  I have wonderful bosses, and have a lot of freedom.  My problem is . . . I came to this company straight out of college.  The ad online stated that they were looking for someone with no experience and at minimum a two year degree . . . they were willing to pay 40 to 50k for this position.

I came along with even more qualifications than they were asking for and started out making 40k with the promise to re-evaluate in six months.  Well six months passed and nothing, then a year and nothing, then two years and nothing.  At two and a half years I received a four percent pay increase. I was a little offended because our business is doing very well given the economy, and I had waited so long for the "promised" evaluation.  I didn't express my frustrations (although maybe I should have).  I accepted the raise because after all it is a raise.  My responsibilities have more than tripled since I started and where I don't expect my salary to mirror that . . . I at least expected a 10 percent raise.  Am I silly to think so?  And . . . if not then how do I approach it with the boss?  (keep in mind that I am not one that feels like a raise should be asked for . . . it should be given if your work ethic proves worthy)

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suzieleung suzieleung 4 years
Honestly, you'd be silly to NOT expect a raise. You need to ask for it. Sad to say it, but I think that if you had asked earlier, you would have already gotten the raise. In my company, it's the ones who make noise who get heard and move up (assuming you're doing your job, of course!).
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