I have my first "real job" annual review/raise coming up. I have never done this before. I'm looking for advice on what to expect and what to ask for.
posted by GilloD to Work & Money (23 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the rub: I'm 25. For a variety of reasons, the job I've held for the last year is my first salaried, "real" job that I've held for more than 10 months. My annual review is on Friday and we'll be discussing my performance (Which is more than adequate, but more on that below) and a raise in pay.
My concern is that when I was hired I was a totally unknown quantity. I took a somewhat low pay offer because I was desperate and because I had preciously few references in the field. I was initially hired as a marketing grunt. I did a lot of background research for campaigns, wrote some copy, executed a few web campaigns etc etc. I also put in after-hours and weekend work at events. As time went on, I gradually evolved into the web guy after it was discovered that I knew more than a fair shake about coding on the web. That job eventually grew and grew to the point where I was running all of our social media ventures, coding PHP/SQL databases for odds and ends work, relaunching our website and, now, implementing a new e-commerce software platform while simultaneously integrating that platform with a new and expensive and complicated ERP-backend. And doing the design work for these. And, oh yeah, I'm still doing weekend/after-hours trade show work, still doing marketing grunt work. I feel like I have two jobs.
But whatever. It could be worse! The problem is that my pay (About 18k, after taxes) is no longer consummate with the work- both quantity and quality- that I'm doing and is very, very much not on par for New York City. My wife and I are used to be being broke, we make ends meet, but I'm in a position now to get a little bit more and I'm not sure how much to ask for.
First of all, my boss loves me. I'm always the first to volunteer for a goofy detail no one else wants (I once wore the mascot costume when our usual mascot fellow was a no-show), I have a generally upbeat spirit and I do good work. I'm 100% confident that a review of the work I've done will come up positive.
I'm also in a position where. To finish the ERP work, at the contracting company's rate, would probably cost $15-$25000. They're very expensive. Now, I'm not going to ask my boss for a 15,000 raise, as much as I might think I deserve it. But the usual 2-3% figure I keep seeing quoted seems incredibly tiny, useless and untenable. I'm already considering a second job- I might as well just get a new primary that pays better.
So, I suppose the question is: What are the politics here? How much is it reasonable to ask for? Will asking for a crazy number (5000? 7000? ONE MILLION DOLLARS?!) make me look like a loon and damage my relationship? I'm not sure what people usually get, so I'm not sure what's sane. My dilemma is that I got hired for one job, fell into another more difficult and time consuming job, and kept the same pay. I'm not sure how to bridge that divide without looking greedy.
FYI: The payscale in this company is a little wacky. There are essentially 3 of us on the bottom of the totem pole, earning between 20 and 30 pre-tax. There are 2 mid-level folks earning between 40 and 60. The other 3 probably sit somewhere above there. (It's a small company and we used to have a very loud mouthed accountant. I know more than I should.). Also FYI, this is 9-5:30 gig, lots of extra hours, comp time, but no extra pay. We pay part of our own health insurance (About 15-20$ a week), no dental, 401k matched (Harhar, if you have money left for it!), no Christmas Bonus, 5 days paid vay-cay (Well. One of us has 6 weeks. This is another negotiating point.). No real perks otherwise, we don't get a lot of those "miscellaneous" holidays off (Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Christmas Eve,New Year's etc.), so while it's a small company, it's not a Web 2.0, foosball for 3 hours in the afternoon kind of place.
Okay. I think that covers it. I'll peek in from time to time if anyone needs clarification.