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I'm Asking: Have You Ever Asked For a Raise?

I'm Asking: Have You Ever Asked For a Raise?

More than half of you indicated that you're not fairly compensated for your job, which means the majority of you are disappointed every time you look at your paycheck.

When we're not properly rewarded for our efforts it can be hard to keep giving our all at work, and sometimes it becomes obvious that our situations won't change unless we ask for more. Have you ever requested a raise?


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LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
Yeah, and I was pretty much laughed at and told it wasn't in the budget. I hate my job, but I can't find another one anywhere!
laurielou laurielou 8 years
Liss - I'm in the same situation as you. I asked for a raise, everyone agreed I should get one, and now I'm waiting for it to go through the 'process'. That was nearly 5 mos ago! Urrr. On a positive note they are paying for grad school.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I feel like I deserve a raise --- when I started, I was clueless about this type of work, now, a year later, I have developed a valuable skill set. BUT I don't want any more responsibility than the tons of cases I'm already handling, so I won't ask for a raise because I'm afraid that would be the condition.
gigly_grl gigly_grl 8 years
About to ask for my first one once my 3month probation is up, and I'm really hoping my boss beats me to the punch. I interviewed and was hired for one position and my first day I found out I was doing something else (higher up).
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Yes, once at my old job. They were notorious for paying low, low salaries, and when my annual review came around, I got a glowing review and a piddling increase. So I asked them for a 10% raise, figuring they'd negotiate and we'd end up somewhere in the middle, but they ended up giving me the 10%. I should've asked for more.
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
graylen, I've written about it several times. Good luck on getting your raise!
graylen graylen 9 years
I did ask for a raise. Now, I'm about to ask for a second raise (14 months since the first) and I'm a little nervous. I know I deserve it, though. You won't ever know unless you ask. There's great resources online about how to ask for a raise. Might be a good article to put on here, Savvy!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
At my last job, I asked for a raise... aaaaaaand didn't get it. That's part of the reason I left! I had taken on the responsibilities of two people and asked for a raise, and they said no.
lizs lizs 9 years
Yes, both times at my last job. The first time I got it, though the change in job description and duties never happened (sure, I was technically overpaid, but I didn't like the grunt stuff). The second time (a year later), they wouldn't work with me to negotiate my increase - so I moved on to greener pastures. The small business-struggling-to-get-by thing wasn't really that fun to work with anyhow.
queenegg queenegg 9 years
I asked for a raise, which I received. The way I did it was by going online and doing some research about what others were paid and why I deserved to make more money. Even though my boss was super cheap, she agreed.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i have actually. it's really hard when you know that you're not being compensated for the work that you're doing and you want some type of recognition. in my last job, they gave me my annual raise and i kind of laughed at it. they thought that it was something great - and to me, it really was an insult - seeing as how i had moved up a level in my position of responsibility - my work load had more than doubled - yet they weren't willing to show me that it was valued and appreciated. my review was great and it just didn't make sense to me. i asked for a raise and tried to be really objective about it - and at that time - i was successful. that doesn't mean that i've always been successful. i've been told that at my current job, that it's not likely that you'll be rewarded with a raise if you ask for one. that definitely doesn't make me feel good about putting in the long hours and working hard - but the alternative is no job at i guess i have to make do for now.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Yes and i am still waiting for it :( I need to talk to them again but i hate having to bring it up again. They agreed that i needed and deserved one but wanted to wait until we had a few more contracts signed and we have had a bunch of new business come in and i think it's time!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
I asked for a $12k raise and got it. But I was initialy hired on as an office assistant and within a year I was running the whole show.
danzerdrea7 danzerdrea7 9 years
Everyone at my company gets a performance based raise at the beginning of the year. Its my first year with the company so I will see how it works soon. But I did negotiate a higher signing bonus when I decided to come to the company. They didn't give me any trouble about that because I asked for a higher salary too and they have a salary cap for new employees.
Neekoh Neekoh 9 years
Jude C, you're a go-getter! That's really refreshing to see, actually. I've asked for a raise a few times with the same employer/boss. The first time, I didn't get it because I wasn't getting an increase in responsibilities. The second time, I got a lousy 5% increase (considering I was underpaid to begin with!) and the last time was more of a threat to leave on my part and I finally got the right salary and a promotion. Now I'm happy and productive (except for when I come to sugar sites for a little breather, haha).
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
yea I asked for one but didn't get ANYTHING! I am prety chocked about it still - but I just don't want the hassle of looking for a new job quite yet...I am in school part time (I AM PAYING MYSELF NOT MY WORK) and just don't have the time and energy! Plus, I guess the longer I stay here the better it will look on my resume. I work my ass off for my company, and I just wish they would acknowledge it!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Yeah, and got it. Also, at my three most recent jobs, I negotiated a future pay raise right when I was job-offered and had to negotiate salary. I usually expect that an employer will try to pay you as little as possible, and make sure to include a guaranteed performance-based raise after some time at the job. It's working out great for me.
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