(Closed) What would you do? NWR

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I would prob wait a few months and ask for a raise. But NOT mention anything about how much she makes just reasons why YOU should make more $

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@mishelleez: That’s what I would try to do. I had something similar happen to me when I was an admin. It was annoying, but I let it slide for a while and proved myself.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That does suck. How comfortable are you speaking to your boss? If this is a recent promotion you could ask to speak to him/her and just ask, what is my pay based on because it seems like I’m doing way more work, or state your case for why a 4k raise isn’t enough. Even just asking what it was based on may give you more peace of mind. Maybe the person in the position before you has tons of experiece?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That does suck.  And of course, you can’t let on that you know.

I agree with the previous posters that you should wait a bit and then request a raise, based on why you deserve it, not because others in the same job make more.

Sadly, in the private sector, pay doesn’t always make sense.  She may make that much because she negotiated it when she was originally hired.  She may have been making more in her previous job and told your employer she needed $X to make the move to your company. 

Two of the admins where I work are paid much more than the others for just that reason.  They both convinced my boss at the time he hired them that they were the one for the job and that they couldn’t afford to accept a lesser offer.  When I asked him why the others aren’t paid as well (even with similar experience/education), he said, “They aren’t as good as negotiating.” 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would wait.  Wait until you’ve been there a year, or gotten more responsibilities & have shown that you are doing well in your position.

It gives you more leverage to ask for more money.  You can say I deserve it because… and list the things you have done, the new roles you have taken on, etc.  Rather than just comparing salaries.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

take some time to prove yourself in the job, and then request a raise. explain that you can’t afford to stay at this low a pay grade. it’s costly and time-consuming to hire a replacement and they very well may be amenable to bumping you up a bit more. keep in mind that when this other woman was hired the economy was in better shape and she was probably offered a much higher starting salary, as opposed to when you were hired and they were cutting back everywhere.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

What is your PAF? How did they tell you about the raise, did you negotiate about it? I have heard many times that one of the main reasons women make less than men is that we don’t negotiate for higher salaries but rather just accept what we’re given. If your’e still reasonably in the negotiation period, or if you never negotiated, I’d maybe ask for more. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Oh and whatever you do… don’t tell them you got advice from weddingbee at 3:30pm on a workday… 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I know you said that you both DO the same jobs.  But does she have a different title? Is she an executive assistant?  Typically, the pay difference between Admin and EA is 20K.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@MrsPinkPeony: if this just happened this morning, i think you are well within  your rights to go talk to him again. Tell him you have been thinking about the raise you discussed this morning and you feel that X would be a more fair number. The worst he can do is say no— it isn’t like you’ll get fired for asking for a raise. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

She does have 2 years and 3 months of seniority over you….how do you think she would feel if “the girl that started working here only 9 months ago” was making the same amount as she is?  I am just playing devil’s advocate here. 

And I am sorry, but it really irks me when people start throwing around their degrees and imply that they are worthier than those who do not have any.  My Sister is one who is ALWAYS saying she cannot believe that my Brother and I make as much money as she does because she has a BA & an MA and a blah blah blah….  Obviously we developed and have great work skills in other fields and our employers believe we are worth every penny…with a degree or no degree.  So while she was in school for years studying to get those degrees, we were already in the workforce working our asses off and building up our work experience.  To imply that this doesn’t or shouldn’t matter is ludicrous.  (meant at my annoying sis not the OP)

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think you need to get some more work experience and time at the company before you say anything else.  Right now just be thankful you got a $4k increase!

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