So I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want
January 14, 2012 10:22 PM Subscribe
A good source of salary data for presentation at my upcoming performance review?
posted by jacobdezoet to Work & Money (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I work for a European firm in the technology sector, based in the U.S. I've been a programmer analyst/business analyst for this firm for about 2 years (this upcoming review being of my second year). I didn't get a raise my first year - it was 'against company policy'. The bonus I was promised in fixed terms on signing was prorated for my length of employment with the company, and there's been no mention of performance bonus this year, so I'm not expecting one. I could've fought harder on these issues, but I wasn't prepared with data about what those in roles similar to mine, and basically adopted a 'let it go the first year' policy, planning to take a harder stance this year.
I am a top performer and have had nothing but glowing review thus far, and am expecting the same this year (had preliminary convo with my direct superior where he indicated he was very pleased with my work and excited for the future of our collaboration).
This year, I plan to be adamant regarding the salary increase. I've recruited a bit this year and know that other firms were prepared to offer me 30% more in salary, but my company provides excellent benefits (health, dental, generous vacation) that other firms have trouble matching, and these benefits are very important to me. Nonetheless, I would like to push for greater salary/title.
I'd also like to up my title a bit. The difficulty there is that others in my group who do my same job have maintained the same title (i.e., there is no Business/Programmer Analyst II, we're a small firm with a more 'socialist', everybody's equal, culture). I am the only one in my role working outside Europe. How should I handle this discussion?
So, are there any websites/other resources that can provide this data, giving me meaningful info that my superiors will trust? What percent should I ask for (or should I base that off what the salary report tells me others are asking)? Any good negotiation strategies you can suggest me?