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A raise after 2 months

By mupdike ·
I recently started my first IT position as a network engineer. After 3 weeks or so I was put into a lead postion over a multi-million dollar account because of my past managment experience. I'm still being paid the same entry level salary that I started with and I wanted opinions as to whether or not I should ask for a raise now to come up to the amount of responsibility that I've been given. The normal schedule is a review after 1 full year.

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2 cents

by MC_User In reply to A raise after 2 months

Without knowing you, your situation or your background, I would say that you are being taken advantage of. Being the cynical old man I am, it seems very unlikely that you would be given such a promotion after only three weeks unless that is what they had planned for you all along. I could be wrong, there may have been a mass exodus from your company and you were the only qualified candidate. Or it could be luck.

If your new job duties are "substantially" different from what you were hired to do then I think they are taking advantage of you. Check with your Human Resources Department to see if there is a formal list of jobs for your company and the duties and pay scale they cover. If you have clearly been moved into another category then talk to your boss about it and request a six month performance review. If he won't consider it, take it to his boss and possibly HR. If no one wants to do anything then you are probably being taken advantage of and you may have to consider leaving. It will probably get worse.

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Walk, do not run

by Loraine In reply to A raise after 2 months

Uh, yes. IMHO, you should have asked before accepting the additional responsibilities.

I'd make a list of all your additional responsibilities and search to find out your region's general pay for these positions and then put this all together in a proposal on why you should have a 3-month review and adjustment. Alternatively, you could look for a job where you'd be paid for what you're doing.

But, of course, I'm not of the mind that I work for the fun of it...

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Having said that

by Loraine In reply to Walk, do not run

Having said that, why am I posting at 2:12 a.m.?

And I meant to say, run do not walk!

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A little more cautious slant

by JamesRL In reply to A raise after 2 months

I'd have to say your tale is somewhat suspicious. I've been promoted rapidly through several companies, and I have found that even when the positions are roughly equivalent, I get a small bump in acknowledgement that I am valued.

So that would have been the opportune time to ask about one. But now you are in the new position, I would wait until you could combine your new position with some sort of achievement or milestone, something that proves your worth or value in that new position. Then you can ask from a position of strength.

Hope that helps.


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I agree!

by xxx123 In reply to A little more cautious sl ...

Thank you James! I was a little surprised when the first two responses immediately suggested "cut and run".

Without a lot of specifics, I can't judge the quality of this career opportunity, but you do have to consider your career reputation especially if you stay in one major metropolitan area for any length of time. I can just hear the "informal" job reference 2 years from now - - "Yeah, they hired him, but he demanded a 10% increase after the first two months and then quit."

That'snot to say you don't deserve a raise, but often you have to prove you ARE doing the job to get the pay recognition. So turn in a stellar performance and then after the achievement or milestone (as James suggested) you can have that little talk.

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Proof first

by generalist In reply to I agree!

I'd say that the best tactic is to prove that you can do the job over a six month period so you don't get a bad reputation. If they like your work that much, they'll want to keep you and will boost your salary after that time.

At the same time, keep your eyes and ears open for signs that the company is not employee friendly. If you can confirm that your steep climb without pay is standard operating procedure, start documenting your job and developing contacts in other organizations. Learnand keep track of what they're being paid so you have some negociating data.

What you do at this point is up to you. The job documentation can serve as both a portfolio for your job hunt and a training manual for your replacement IF you choose to go that route. It can also work as proof that you deserve more money if you check into pay rates by job description.

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