Have you ever asked for a raise at work? How did it go?

posted 5 months ago in Career
Post # 2
759 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

So they aren’t backfilling his role and they are adding onto your role while giving you a raise that had nothing to do with his departure? Smells fishy to me. I would do some research of market rates for your new responsibilities and have a conversation with your boss about the gap if there is one. Especially since that raise allegedly had nothing to do with your coworker leaving.

Post # 4
130 posts
Blushing bee

Give it a try.   I think its important for people to know what they are worth and fight for it. 

For me, I gathered my info and went in with a clear amount I was asking for.   I showed market norms and referenced others in the organization with similar positions.   I am glad I did everything I could to prove I deserved it.   However, be prepared to her NO as this is what happened to me.    Then you are stuck in a position of trying to figure out if you can accept staying in a job in which you feel underpaid and under appreciated. 

Post # 5
971 posts
Busy bee

I kind of asked for a promotion once. I felt I was doing the duties to the next level up. So at my year end review I asked what I should work on to qualify for a promotion. I was told I was already at that level and they would submit my name to the higher ups. I got promoted shortly after. No clue if I would have had I not said something. 

I say go for it. Worst case they say no but they know your interested. 

Post # 6
49 posts

I asked for a raise when one of my co-workers left and I was given her responsibilities in addition to my own (I was basically doing two full-time jobs at the same time). My supervisor said she would discuss it with my department head; they met and agreed I had earned the raise. Thankfully, someone was eventually hired to replace my co-worker.

Post # 7
382 posts
Helper bee

You don’t get anything you don’t ask for 

Post # 9
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I would absolutely ask for one, but I think you need to be prepared that the 6% is all that they were planning to give you. 

But you can’t just walk in and say you want more $$ because the last person made more money. First you need to do some market research as a PP suggested. See what the going rate for a position like yours is. Then make a list of the accomplishments you have done throughout the year and make a second list of the new duties you have been asked to do as a result of the coworker leaving. Use the list of accomplishments to show you are a high quality worker (this list should be above and beyond standard job duties) and use the second list to negotiate the raise. You can just say “When you offered the raise last time, it was a busy time for me and I didn’t get a chance to negotiate. Now that I have settled into the additional tasks I’ve been asked to do, and I’ve had a chance to reevaluate how my role has increased, I’d like to revisit the compensation.” 

Be prepared that they’ll say that the 6% is all they can offer now, or that since they just gave you a raise they can’t give you another one until next review or whatever. But state your case anyway. Leave the lists with your boss, and ask him to think it over. You may get it worked out! And from now on, negotiate every offer and every raise! I negotiate all offers and raises, and I help my friends navigate the same thing! I have a friend that was going to counter an offer at a super low rate. I told her to ask for $20k more than she was going to and she not only got it, but also got an extra week of vacation. She deserved the $ for the job title and they low balled her hard (it was a start up) so I just did a few simple searches and told her what the going rate for someone with her experience in that position was. She almost left $20k on the table! And that just multiplies if you consider future $ and future positions that will use your current salary as a jumping off point! 

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