How to leverage a pay raise for a lateral job move?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
11598 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

To be honest, in my company, they say no pay raises for lateral moves, and they mean it.  Someone argued for it once, and a year later, there’s still bad blood between that person and the company. 

I would be very careful with how you phrase this if you decide to do it.

Post # 4
1018 posts
Bumble bee

@maggierose:  Maybe if the raise is a no-go you can leverage more vacation time or something?

Post # 5
40 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

@maggierose:  Since the company policy is not to have pay raises with lateral moves, maybe they’d be willing to do your review sooner than usual (and with pay raise if you have a good review)?  For example, if the regular reviews are usually at 6 months then annually after that – maybe they’d be willing to do a review (and pay raise) at 90 days after hire? than again 6 month, 1 year, etc?

Post # 6
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Where are you on the pay range now? (You don’t have to answer that)

When was your last pay raise?

I think you could still ask for a pay increase. I think the minimum you could ask for is $3000 because they have already made it clear in the ad that they are willing to give a person new to the company $3000 more than the previous starting salary.

If you don’t get the raise and decide not to take the postion because of it, you can expect that the position you are in  now will pretty much be where you’ll stay.

If you don’t get it,  and want to take the job, you can always ask for a review in 6 months.

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