Post # 1
So, I’m an Admin Assistant and work directly under the Executive Assistant for a team of Vice Presidents and Executives. She primarily books their travel, legal documents, calendar management, etc.
When I first started in my role a year ago, I was under the impression that I’d be somewhat junior…lots of filing included, taking meeting minues and small tasks for the Executives. A year later (now) they see I’m very quick and accurate and they are getting me to do presentations for them, expenses, and my boss told me that she wants to download some of her tasks to me…
Problem: I want a salary bump! I didn’t negotiate for what I am now in charge of. My thinking is, more responsibility = more pay.
Am I out of line? How do I approach her about this? She’s kind of condesending and I wouldn’t put it past her if she turned it around and make me look stupid..I just feel like I’m starting to get taken advantage of.
Post # 3
You say you started a year ago, has it been a full year? Have you had a one year review or will you have one soon? Does your company have annual reviews? If you have annual reviews that is the best place to bring it up, usually companies have money allocated at this time to give raises and since you will be evaluating your work, it is a good time to make your argument that you deserve more.
If you don’t have regular reviews then it isn’t as cut and dry. If you have a good relationship with your boss then just sit down and discuss it. Worst she can do is say no. If it hasn’t been a full year then wait until your anniversary date passes, if it has been a year then go for it.
We can’t objectively tell you if you are out of line to ask for more. You said that you didn’t negaotiate for the responsibilities you now have, that is a good reason for you to renegotiate but whether you will have success depends on if these responsibilities are what they expected you to be responsible for and are what they were negotiating for. The other major factor is what other people in your role and simmilar make. If what you make is standard for your job title and experience then you won’t have much room to negotiate, if it isn’t then you won’t have trouble getting a raise.
Depending on your age and experience before this job they may have a firm salary structure, typically there is very little salary variation between new hires with little experience and the variation increases with time as top performers are rewarded. So with 1 year there you may be starting to differentiate yourself but you aren’t there yet. As a rule increasing salary while remaining in one position in one company is pretty slow. Unless they are afraid to lose you or they give you a promotion they have little incentive to give you a raise.
Post # 4
I would approach your boss as if they have something you want to buy. Lay out the facts – “I currently am responsible for xx, xx, and xx and I believe that these responsibilities are worth $xx in salary. What do you think?” And negotiate from there. Negotiating a salary increase is the same as negotiating any other transaction, really. There’s no reason for either of you to feel defensive or to demean the other. It’s business and nothing personal. If your boss disagrees with you regarding your salary increase, then you should feel free to either accept that or move on to a different company.