Post # 1
So when I accepted my current position, I had just been laid off from my previous job & I probably would have accepted peanuts as pay. Since I started working for my new company, I have been haunted by the fact that I wish I would have negotiated a higher salary for myself at the beginning. So my plans have been to ask for a raise at my one year mark. However, I was actually suprised with almost a 10% increase at my 6 month mark. I’m very greatful for the increase, but I’d still like to see a raise after my annual review. Am I pushing my luck here?
Post # 3
I think you may be pushing it a bit because you so recently saw a pay increase.
I guess my question would be – do you have any reason to ask for more pay aside from just how long you’ve been there? I know a year can feel like such a long time to us, but in the eyes of our employers, it’s really not that long yet. So I’m just asking if you have reasons aside from it being your one-year mark?
Also, do you know how pay increases usually occur at your company? To me at least, it’s a pretty big deal to get a raise within the first year!
I’m only advising caution because unfortunately, we lose a lot of our leverage once we accept a job and a salary. And you don’t want to put yourself in an awkward situation with your boss, you know?
Post # 4
I think it is probably too early to ask for another raise, but maybe not too early to raise the topic of a raise. For example, maybe tell them that you’re really enjoying your position and feel like you’re doing well and you’d like to know what types of things you could do to become more valuable to the company and earn future raises. I think letting them know that you want to be upwardly mobile is appropriate for a 1 year review, especially if you’re couching it in terms of— how can I EARN this. Not just, I put in a 1 year give me more money plz.
Post # 5
I think it would depend on whether you’re getting an annual review on your anniversary and/or whether you’ve taken on any additional responsibilities lately. If not, I’d wait.
Post # 6
@SincerelyShe: Depends what company policy is. I am a hiring manager, and we have formal reviews (annually) where we give raises. We do not give raises at any other time…so you could ask me all you wanted and even present me with a business case – it would make no difference. If you just got a raise, I wouldn’t ask for another one unless you can prove the value you’re adding.
Post # 7
@CorgiTales: thats really great advice.
@SincerelyShe: Its been talked about for years that women have a tendency to make less money because we are not as forward to ask for raises. Considering the economy, I would take Corgi’s advice and put yourself out there and at least find out what the road map is to more money.
Post # 8
if you can show actual facts as to why you deserve a raise, do it.
nobody gets fired for asking. but you need cold hard facts.
Post # 9
10% is a huge increase at only 6 months in. I’d wait until after at least your yearly review, possibly until 1.5-2 years in to try and re-negotiate.
Post # 10
@Gemstone: Well the job I’m doing is not the job I was hired for, at all. My boss openly admits this often. I have a lot more responsibility than I was intended to have. I work 10-12 hour days often, I travel when needed (this included overnight travel, also not what I was hired to do). I’m literally doing the work of two people. My position was only meant to be responsible for activity in the city of our home office, but I’m also handling activity in other cities. I also have hiring responsibilities (another thing that was not intended for the position I was hired for). So just based on this alone, I feel like it would be fair for me to get a more dramatic pay increase.
However, I still don’t want to put myself in awkward position with my boss, as you’ve noted. I love my company and my boss. I certainly don’t want to make things wierd.
@CorgiTales: Very good advice. My company is growing a lot right now, and I think there will be room to move up & earn more money, as long as they know I’m open to more responsibility.
@MrsPanda99: They don’t necessarily make you wait a whole year, as long as there is value in what you’re doing for the company. If they feel like they can’t afford to lose you, then they will do anything to keep you happy & feeling valued. I work for a small company (about 40 or so full time employees), so they do feel like raises should be earned, and they try hard to reward hard work. In my interview, my boss actually tried to suck me in by saying: “and we’re not one of those companies that passes out 3% raises once a year”. LOL.
@crayfish: This is the advice I didn’t want to hear, but probably the reality that i need.
Post # 11
You should ask for a raise when you feel you have shown that a raise is warranted. This may go against company policy. I am teacher, so we don’t get to ask for raises, but my FH owned a pizza place and gave out raises earned. He then changed careers and started out sat a starting wage. He is very good at his job and has made incredible progress, he has had an increase of over 7 dollars per hour in 18 months…. He asks for a raise when he feels has earned it.
Post # 12
I think it may be a bit too early 🙁 But it’s awesome you got a 10% increase at 6 months!!
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Um.. you should be happy with 10%. My raise is performance-based and I only got 3% annual raise, which is the minimum inflation-rate increase adjustment in Canada.
You might need a proactive performance plan and let your supervisors/managers evaluate you before you can justify another raise.