I want to get paid for what I was told I'd be paid. Right now I'm not.
August 12, 2013 2:32 PM Subscribe
How to go about dealing with a raise I "officially" got but in practice did not?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total)
I was working in one role at my employer for several years and my boss at the time requested a pretty significant raise (about 7%) for me that I did in fact get. Officially. At the same time, I got a promotion out of my old boss's department into a higher-up job in another department. The previous boss had already submitted the raise before this happened and it was going to take place whether or not I took the new job. And then I took it. With the new position, I'm no longer being paid hourly and so the 5-10 hours extra a week that I was working no longer counts. I'm still working those hours, plus a few more, in my new capacity, but despite the raise my paycheck is still the same (and often less) than it was when was still being paid hourly since my salary is equivalent to a 40 hour work week.
I've already been working in my new role for a couple months at this point (it took me a few pay periods to realize what was happening), so I feel weird about bringing it up now. Especially since my immediate supervisor wasn't the one that requested the raise in first place. But I can't help feeling like a sucker. I basically see three ways forward:
1) Chalk it up to experience and let it go. I understand that I should have known better. And I'll know going forward. Still doesn't change things for now though.
2) Ask for a raise now and try to get both my old boss & new boss & HR on the same page. I don't think my request (getting the percentage increase I was promised) is out of line and I would hope they'd understand. But they're, of course, trying to cut costs at any price and this is a convenient way to do it.
3) I have a Three Month Review coming up for my current position in about a month and I could bring it up there. The negative there though is that I'd be going solely through my current boss (who was not involved in the original raise) and she'd have to request a new raise through the company president who isn't big on raises in the first place. I was lucky to get the first one approved.
Is there a better way to go about handling this or is there something I'm not thinking of?