Post # 1
I have been a medical transcriptionist for aproximately 7 years now. I went to school for Medical Administrative Assisting and got my Associate Degree.
Last December our small cardiology office was closing. I found another transcription job in a LARGE cardiology office. I had a VERY hard time adjusting to the job. Cried almost every day. At around six months on the job I finally felt confident and okay.
Well at every single job I have ever had I have gotten a raise, usually within the first 90 days. This December will be my one year mark with the large practice. I was told I am not receiving a raise! and not because I don’t deserve one. No one is and no one has, blah blah, blah. I know the economy sucks. But it seems everyone else is getting a raise, bonus, etc. except for me.
The company is known for being cheap. Even when the economy was good. I don’t see getting anywhere financially with them, but am now comfortable there.
I get angry knowing I will be stuck at the same wage forever.
There may be an opportunity to me to work in a management position at a health insurance company. The pay is awesome and they get annual raises, bonuses, etc. I am just scared to make the move and kick myself. I now work basically by myself and do not deal with a lot of people. A management position would require this….
UGH. I guess I just needed to vent this out. Any words of advice?
Post # 3
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I can sympathize. I’m a teacher and my school has not given raises in 5 years.
Post # 4
@Carolyn72: No risk, no reward.
What is safe will be safe and comfortable – but it won’t be what it seems to be that you’re looking for (more money, room to grow, especially financially).
I don’t really have any advice, except that sometimes you have to take the jump. You grew comfortable with this position after 6 months – will you grow comfortable with the other one, too? Probably.
The only thing I’d fear is job stability – is there any chance of you getting fired at this job? Is there any chance you’ll leave and get fired at the new one? I don’t know, I don’t know your position or anything about your field and how it operates. Only you know that. And only you know what is more important to you – stability, comfort, money?
Post # 6
@futuremrsk18: Money right now. And yes I did adjust eventually to this job. It’s going to be a hard decision but I don’t feel my morale will let me stay for long. The doctors I work for aren’t suffering, I don’t think it’s fair the little people do.
Post # 7
It is hard, but think about it, the last office (the one that gave you the raises and rewards) is the one that closed. The one you have now is stable, and at least they aren’t taking anything away, right?
Also, it was a good experience because it taught you to adapt, and to overcome fear, and be confident in yourself. So that is one good thing.
I have worked for many companies with no raises, but I have had friends whose salaries were cut 10-35% so I am still thankful, even though it sucks to feel stuck with no room for advancement.
If you can find a better job, go for it! You may surprise yourself. At the very least, you can always fall back on your training from current job.
Post # 8
@Carolyn72: I personally think there’s nothing worse than working a job that makes you feel underappreciated. It seems to me that that’s how you might be feeling. It’s really demoralizing. I worked at my last job for 3 years without a single raise (they hadn’t given raises in about 6 years), but what was worse was that I felt underappreciated and like the money they spent went to things that could have been spent on raises for us or bonuses or something. Even if I hadn’t moved out of NY, I would have certainly left that job. You just can’t work like that forever.
Post # 9
I’ve never known raises to be given within 90 days, ever, so I think maybe you were just really lucky? Cost of living bumps yearly are normal, but those were really small for me through the crappy economy – like 1-2% vs the 5-6% they were previously. It’s obviously different in different fields (i’m a scientist at a pharma company).
Post # 10
I am going through something similar- trying to make a move but intimidated by the new workload and scared that failing will mean getting fired and then I’ll have no job. I am very comfortable where I am at, but not necessarily satisfied.
One thing I will advise though if you decide to pursue this management position- they are probably going to ask you what kind of experience you have managing people. So, if you don’t have that at your current job, you might want to think of other examples at previous jobs or at school because they are definitely going to want to know you can handle managing people because holy hell that is hard. My general manager makes more money than anyone else at my company and there is no amount of money that would make me do his job. Seems like every other minute someone is in his office whining about someone else at the company. But he does pretty well with it.
Post # 11
I was at my last job for 4 1/2 years at a company that I loved. I was hired in at a low salary, but they assured me that they give raises and bonuses based on performance, not by percentages based on salary. Then the economy crashed, and all raises and bonuses stopped. We were in a hiring and pay freeze, and even though my responsibilities quadrupled because I had to take over the responsibilities of employees that were laid off, I got no compensation.
I ended up leaving that company for a new company that I was unsure of, but they offered me a starting salary $12k higher than what I was making. It was a very hard adjustment, but 2 years later, I have received 2 raises as well as bonuses, and I am enjoying the work. Not only that, but I feel extremely appreciated by my new company, and not taken advantage of, and that only makes me want to work harder for them.
Meanwhile, my former co-workers still have not received a raise. I feel confident that I made the best move!
Post # 12
@CanAmBride: Oh that gives me hope. I know it may be a hard transition, but I don’t want to be one of those who work so hard and get nothing in return. I am a hard worker and I need to be compensated, I will only work harder, most people will. All I am hearing at my current job is the government and the fiscal cliff, etc….. Medicaid cuts, blah, blah, blah. I am sure it is real but I need to provide more for my family than I am now.
Thanks for sharing your story and I am so happy for you!