- 5 years ago
Sorry for the frustration and the length of this post, but my FI just heard back from his manager what the offer would be for a potential promotion. It was not what he wanted or deserved.
A little backgroud:
My FI has a master’s degree in Sports Administration and B.A. in Communications. He is 26 years old and is a great, reliable worker (all of his employers have agreed/confirmed this). About 4 years ago, he had a great communications job making about 60k a year (which is really good for Colorado given he had just graduated college). Well, the economy crashed and about 6 months in he was laid off because he one of the newest hires. Since then, it has been a nightmare in terms of job prospects. He turned back to retail and returned to the place that he worked at since graduating highschool and throughout high school (an office supply store).
The annual pay is about 1/3 of what he was making, but he figured it was better than no job. He continues to apply to jobs, but hasn’t had much luck. He has been with this company now for 7 years (though he had the short 6 month break for the other job). He has been promoted 2 times and always has great annual reviews.
Well he was up for a promotion and they came in at about $1.50 more per hour than he makes now. It was like insult to injury, especially because he would have to drive an extra 20 miles one way to get to the new location. They offered him what they offer someone who is just starting with the company in that position. He has spoke with other managers who have been in that position and they say he should have been offered AT LEAST $3 more per hour. When he tried to negotiate, corporate said they have “restructured” their hiring wages and policies. They are not willing to negotiate.
Sorry this is long, I am just really upset and frustrated, I almost want to cry (and I never cry). It is just so hard to watch someone you love and care about while they struggle and you cannot do anything about it except offer kind words and support.
Really, its not so much about the money, but the pride. I can really tell it crushed him, on top of the other difficulties with employment searches. On top of it all, a friend of ours was talking about a job offer she recently received and said it was a pitiful amount for someone to take (it was $5,000 more a year than FI makes). That really crushed him as well.
Luckily I make pretty good money (about 3 times what FI makes), so we are financially stable. It’s just so depressing sometimes to see someone you love struggle. I know that many people are struggling in this economy and we should be grateful for what we have, but it doesn’t make it easier.
End rant/vent. Sorry it was so long.