Post # 1
A little backstory: I have been at my current job for almost 1.5 years. I accepted the initial job offer without negotiating since that’s just what I always do despite knowing most people don’t negotiate and women especially do not, leaving money on the table. I was mentored and trained by a coworker who was “irreplaceable” in my mind, he had been there 6 years and held the same job title as I do. He abruptly left a month ago. The same day my coworker resigned, my boss pulled me into his office to make me aware of the situation and also let me know I would be getting a 6% raise and he said how this had nothing to do with him leaving, just recognition for my good work. I was a little caught off guard and said thank you and that was it. I am the only one in the office who knows how to handle certain responsibilities and have been taking on a much bigger workload due to his departure. My boss also recently called a meeting to go over the game plan with our team and announced to everyone “MrsGirlyGirl will be taking on a lot more responsibilities due to coworker leaving.”
It’s been about a month and now I’m wondering if at some point it makes sense for me to bring up that I am thinking about my compensation level… I was texting this same ex-coworker/work friend about this and he thinks I should bring up my concerns because I am taking on much more responsibility because he left. My coworker told me when he left he was earning over $100K being there for 6 years and had negotiated raises twice in those 6 years as he took on more responsibilities. I’m also pursuing a professional designation in addition to working 40 hours a week which my work has been very impressed with as I pass each exam.
So do you think I should ask for a raise? Have you ever asked for one, what were the circumstances, and how did it go?
Post # 2
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 # 3
katecod12 : Yes it does smell fishy to me too. I remember thinking well of course that raise must have something to do with my coworker leaving… but I didn’t really think much else about it. I was too busy doing a million things at once and had the holidays coming up and now beginning of year stuff that had to go out. Thank you, I will try and do some research of market rates but it’s a little tricky since it’s such a specific skillset and I work for a small private firm.
Post # 4
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
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
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
You don’t get anything you don’t ask for
Post # 8
kmjkh : mrspuppylove : Thank you both for the advice.
swingingonthestars : That is almost exactly what my current situation is. They are hiring right now but expect it to take awhile to find someone (but it’s not even to fill the void of my coworker- it’s for someone to take over a more senior role for someone else retiring next year). They hired someone else about six months ago for my same position and I think it took almost a year for them to find them.
wonderwedding : Yes that’s right, I guess maybe it’s because it’s still early in my career I don’t have the confidence yet to ask but I’m working on it.
Post # 9
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!
Post # 10
Sunshine024 : Thank you so much for this. It’s exactly what I was looking for! I am going to work on preparing for this using your advice.