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By TomSal ·
I never thought I'd actually get bothered by this topic so much as to seek help from my "peers" in the industry. I can't lie to myself any longer though- I'm finding it hard to put up with being looked over at my company. How do you approach your managers (in my case the VP of MIS and the Executive VP and President) and make them understand how you deserve better, both in money and responsibilities - without insulting them? We are a small 70 employee company, I'm the only System Engineer. I manage the spending of MIS, I am Techsupport for the company, I also am the Network Engineer. You know how much I'm getting paid? I wish I wasn't embarressed enough to put it here! I have two associate's degrees, I'll be MCSE in two months, AND I have 4years of Tech Support / Networking experience. Our company sells that we are "technology based" to our clients, but they don't want to pay for the IT talent. Their are some supervisors here (only high school educations) who aren't doing anything technical at all and the

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by Elaine D. In reply to Getting worked up over no ...

I can certainly echo the "been there, done that" sentiment that's been posted by others.

I think it boils down to two things:
1) As an employee, what am I worth?
2) As a company, what is the job worth?

They're *very* different things... your skills, knowledge, and experiences can make you -worth- $1M a year, but if the company only needs a $10k a year employee, it's not a match.

You might be CIO material and be able to bring a lot of value to a company, but if all the company really needs (and/or can pay for) is a help desk operator -- guess what.

So, figure out what you're worth. Check out salary surveys and job postings out there. Then go to your company and try to figure out where they're coming from. You might need to go elsewhere to find what you're personally looking for.

It doesn't mean you're good or bad or that the company is good or bad, but if it isn't a good match for both of you, then there is surely a better match out there.

Good luck!
Try to not get bitter ove

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by TomSal In reply to Getting worked up over no ...

That makes sense, I guess I never really thought of it that way. I know though, that I do a lot for this company.

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by KelvinB In reply to Getting worked up over no ...

Consider your bosses to be the VPs of your top customer. You have to sell yourself and the service that you provide. If you provide a wonderful service and save them money as a result LET THEM KNOW ABOUT IT.
Make sure that you dont just flit from one fix to another, log them all in a database and get them interested in the trends or results. I would bet you that they have no clue as to what you do on a daily basis and they dont care as long as they are not involved.

If there were showstopping problems and you came in from the outside and fixed it theyd call you a hero. Tell them why they dont have these problems.

REMEMBER THEY ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS - TELL THEM WHAT A GOOD SERVICE YOU PROVIDE.

Good Luck

Kel

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