Post # 1
SORRY THIS IS SO LONG. I NEED ADVICE THOUGH.
My employer has not exactly been upfront with me about what my job entails. She even admitted it herself that she doesn’t even know all that I do! This is why she has asked me to create a diary for a week of all the things I do during the work day.
I was initially hired on to be the receptionist and was hired on as a temp because they were going to “Try me out” 2 weeks later I was evaluated and they said that I was a good fit and that they would like to hire me. I assumed that this meant onboarding me; however 9 months later I am still a temp. At my 2 week evaluation there was talk about creating a new position for me and hiring a second person to take over the front desk I would be in charge of travel arrangements, ordering, stocking supplies, taking in catering requests, assisting senior management and the marketing dept with different assignments and managing confidential files. My office manager had a couple people come in and “try out” for the receptionist position but “they weren’t a good fit” so no new position was created for me. My office manager wants the front desk position to be strictly answering the phone and greeting people. However I am doing much more than that. I am basically a personal assistant for everyone in the office (70 people! And I am the only assistant!) A few days ago my office manager mentioned again how she wants the front desk to be strictly answering the phone and greeting people. She alluded that she might be considering hiring on a second person to help but when I asked her more about that she shut down. No talk about creating that new position for me.
My concern is that I was hired through the temp agency to be a receptionist whose duties would be to answer the phone and greet people. My pay reflects that. This whole time I thought that my office manager was looking for someone to replace me at the front desk, take over the receptionist duties and I would move on to the new position where I was hoping to receive a raise & benefits……
My office manager casually mentioned that they are “considering” onboarding me (that would mean benefits) I am wondering if it is too much to ask for to request a raise as well if I will continue to be assisting with travel, assisting the marketing department with different assignments, and assisting the upper management as well.
I am at the point where I either need a raise & benefits or I need to find a new job. I am getting paid about $3-4 less per hour than most people with my responsibilites in my city. And my husband and I want to start TTC soon so something needs to give!
Leave? Stay? Ask for a raise and benefits? Advice!
Post # 3
I would ask for a raise. If they don’t do it, then I would start looking for something that pays better. Having a baby is a big responsability and you need a decent paycheck.
Post # 4
Talk to her! Tell her this! It doesn’t need to sound “complain-y”. They can either respond by rising to the occasion & working with you, or not. But either way you will have said your part. And you can always look for a job on the side.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
@mrshoneybee: It cannot hurt to have a conversation with your immediate supervisor letting them know that you are looking at two things: Being hired on and obtaining benefits and a more competitive salary, or finding a new job. They just probably aren’t taking you seriously. It could also be that they don’t want to (or don’t have it in budget) to add a perm position (benefits and all that jazz is a lot more expensive than it is for them to keep a temp onboard).
My own personal opinion: Start looking elsewhere. Your advancement/compensation is clearly not one of their priorities.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
Oh yeah – I wanted to add this.
This happened to me in the early parts of my career. I was being paid for Administrative Support (barely over min. wage), and being used as a Business Analyst (over double my salary for starting pay as a Business Analyst). I would always bring this up. They always made excuses. Eventually someone in management who was not a supervisor of mine, told me that I would not be moved over under a different pay rate as I was “cheap labor,” and why would they want to pay more for me when I’m doing it all right now for cheaper? It reminds me of that phrase, “Why buy the cow when the milk is free”?
Post # 7
@LMD: I think you said it perfectly when you said that my advancement is not one of their priorities. They have even said “your postion has a high turn over rate” which is their reason for not giving benefitsmore competitive salary. Of course it has a high turn over rate because they treat their full time employees like temps.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I don’t know that you can ask a raise directly from your employer; I thought that for temps that was negotatiated between the employer and the temp agency, but I could be wrong. I agree that you should let your employer know that you would either like a permanent, higher paying position, or that you will need to start looking for better opportunities, but start looking now.
Post # 9
Oh my god. I was in this EXACT situation last year (but then the company was going down the drain and I got laid off right before they went out of business). Here’s what I’ve learned: people forget about you. They forget that they were supposed to give you a raise or whatever unless it’s automatic or they have a reminder. You will never get what you won’t ask for.
Sit down and talk to her. Go in prepared. Have a list of what you’ve been doing, what you’ve been told, what you want, and evidence to back it up. Get on glassdoor.com and print out graphs and charts of pay for your position in your area (administrative assistant, it sounds like). Decide what rate of pay is the lowest you would accept and ask for more than that and let her negotiate with you.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@mrshoneybee: Keep working this job but interview for other jobs. When you find another job go to the manager at your current job and request to be made full time with a pay raise. Be prepared to walk (i.e. quit) on the spot if they refuse.