Post # 1
So I currently work for a small company–about 25 people. I’ve worked there for ten years, and have finally given my notice since a) my husband and I are moving far far away, and b) I have been miserable there for ten years.
Well I tried to be a good employee, and give them plenty of warning, two months. They hired my replacement, and I have been training her. Which is all fine. The problems arose when my boss made a HUGE stink over paying a bonus I had earned, as he felt that since I was leaving I didn’t need to be paid it. His argument was that he would end up paying me at a higher rate than others (not true, actually.) We negotiated and that was fine. I was bummed over the transaction as I know that there are other people in my company who don’t work half as hard as I did, and who were still getting paid well above this “higher range” my boss was all aflutter about.
In the ensuing days my boss makes noise about how much he’s going to miss me and broadly hints that he had “big plans” for me, if only I had chosen to stay. Knowing him I know this is all BS, which enraged me even more–If he truly had “big plans” then the right thing to do would have been to unveil them earlier so that I would have had an incentive to stay.
Well the final nail in the coffin was when I found out from my replacement what her salary is–and let’s say it’s substantially higher than what mine was. Now remember, I had been with the company for TEN YEARS. She is someone new and untested.
I have five days left. I am so bummed and upset–I feel like I was royally played. Advice? Suggestions? I know I will be out of there and SOOO much happier in just a short while, but in the meantime, I can’t help feeling down. THank you bees!!
Post # 3
I’m sorry that this is happening to you. I’v always been advised to start looking around and comparing every 3 years. That way if you get a better offer you can negotiate for a salary increase. And also, the longer you stay somewhere the longer you stay at (or near) the same salary.
Post # 4
Wow, that’s horrible. That sounds like something my company would do. (I’ve been at my company for 5 years and I’m pretty sure the guy they just hired a couple months ago makes more money than I do. I always get great reviews and raises but not this year. I think they have to cut my raise to pay this guy…and he does nothing). I know how you feel. Just think, you are lucky enough to get away from that company and be on to bigger and better things!! I know it’s frustrating and hurts your feelings but at least now you don’t have to work for a company that treats you like that. Hang in there those last couple days.
Post # 5
Awww, that really stinks. And VERY infuriating. Sadly, there are many companies out there that do not have a pay scale, or a set rate of pay for various positions. And although that can seem unfair, and often IS, in your case in the 10 years you have been there our economy has changed drastically. Between minimum wage ever increasing, inflation, and the demands for job applicants for a certain salary (which sometimes NEEDS to be paid just to fill a certain position), where you started (pay wise) and where you ‘end’ (pay wise) vs someone new entering into your position…well, a much different salary may be unavoidable.
I do not write that to make you feel better, because you have a right to be hurt, but hopefully it puts you a little bit more at ease?! The good news is that you are DONE with them soon, and I hope you enjoy the next chapter of your life, in a job that makes you a LOT happier, and pays you for what you are worth 🙂
Post # 6
Aww, hugs. This happened to me once before, and I know how much it hurts. Just be glad that you are getting the heck out of there now, and not wasting anymore time with them. Like PP said, just take this as a lesson to always be aware of what you are worth! If you feel like you are underpaid, shop around.
Post # 7
That is so frustrating! I’m so sorry 🙁 when you move, do you have something new lined up that you can look forward to?
Post # 8
Thanks for all the kind words!! I am planning on volunteering for a cause I strongly believe in (counter human trafficking) and later opening my own firm 🙂
Post # 9
Your boss sounds like a complete jerk of all jerks. Wow. I’m sorry. All my advice i have for you is to keep dreaming that in 5 short days you won’t have to deal with that rat bastard’s BS anymore.