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Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:15:04 PM »
I'm trying to figure out if I'm being a millennial snowflake or rightfully pissed off at my company.

Basically, I've been working for my company for 4 years now. I just got notice of my annual review decisions. I got a sig above rating (the highest) with nothing but praise.

Then they started to waffle saying that they promoted too many people this year (I was promoted last year and don't have time at level for another) and they strained the budget. So I get no raise and 0.25% bonus.

I'm pretty ticked because the first half of the review was glowing and about how they didn't know what they could possibly do without me. Am I wrong to expect a raise for that kind of hard work? Or am I showing my snowflake? This is my first job out of college so I don't know if this is just a thing.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2017, 03:23:11 PM »
Start applying for other jobs, if you get a decent offer, take it to the current employer and see if they can really go on without you.

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4 years in your first job is a long time.  It's worth considering other options, or at least leverage other options for bigger raises as stated above.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2017, 03:24:45 PM »
Start applying for other jobs, if you get a decent offer, take it to the current employer and see if they can really go on without you.

This, except I would take the decent offer and leave.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2017, 03:27:54 PM »
4-5 years at your first job is a good long run. Time to go out to bid and get a 15 5o 20 % raise.


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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2017, 03:29:47 PM »
Agreed. Annual raises should at the very least keep up with inflation, otherwise you are actively losing money.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2017, 03:31:09 PM »
I would be pissed.  How is the company doing as a whole?  I could possibly understand if the company as a whole did poorly this year, but it's not your fault they promoted too many people.  Being that it's your first job out of school AND you've been there 4 years, I'd start applying for other jobs to see how you stack up salary-wise.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2017, 03:35:56 PM »
Company is doing great. Shares are up from $115 a year ago to $140 today. They've acquired a bunch of smaller companies to diversify the core business. Everything has been about how wonderful things are for the company.

I've been considering finding a new job for a while but was waiting for my review to make a decision. Guess I know that decision now. I just want to know if I can complain about this without looking like a dick.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2017, 03:41:21 PM »
Company is doing great. Shares are up from $115 a year ago to $140 today. They've acquired a bunch of smaller companies to diversify the core business. Everything has been about how wonderful things are for the company.

I've been considering finding a new job for a while but was waiting for my review to make a decision. Guess I know that decision now. I just want to know if I can complain about this without looking like a dick.

Eh, I'm not sure it's worth complaining if you've already expressed your displeasure with the situation.

I have a good friend that I used to work with (it was his first job out of college) and he used to go on and on about how you need to work long hours for no money in order to get ahead.  Meanwhile, me (the ex-union/government employee) worked 40 hours (because 50+ hour weeks on an under-market salary is bullshit), took comp time if I went over 40, then left after 3 years for a 60%+ raise (...actually 80% after bonus).  He finally got a job someplace else a couple of months ago and is stunned at how much better basically everything is.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2017, 03:48:10 PM »
Company is doing great. Shares are up from $115 a year ago to $140 today. They've acquired a bunch of smaller companies to diversify the core business. Everything has been about how wonderful things are for the company.

I've been considering finding a new job for a while but was waiting for my review to make a decision. Guess I know that decision now. I just want to know if I can complain about this without looking like a dick.

Yep, it's time to move on. 
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2017, 06:21:53 PM »
If you were saying, "I feel I am so important.  I am sure they couldn't do without me."  I'd think you were full of yourself and being a special snowflake.  But you have it in writing from the company; this isn't a case of overblown ego -- it's fact. 

I'd lean towards pissed.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2017, 07:41:55 PM »
Employment is a simple equation. You do enough not be fired and your boss pays you enough to keep you around. Sounds like it's out of whack. How much FU money do you have? Take some interviews, look around, negotiate and make changes on your terms.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2017, 08:13:57 PM »
I agree with all of the others. But I will also share that some companies limit how many staff can get merit increases. I worked for a profitable company in the Fortune Top 10. We were routinely budgeted to give only 75% of staff the merit increase. Even if all were performing well. We would keep track of who got it each year so we wouldn’t skip someone 2 years in a row. We also tried to budget the separate bonus money budget so we could give a lump sum to those people that didn’t get a merit increase. Needless to say, I don’t work there anymore for a number of reasons.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2017, 08:19:34 PM »
I agree with all of the others. But I will also share that some companies limit how many staff can get merit increases. I worked for a profitable company in the Fortune Top 10. We were routinely budgeted to give only 75% of staff the merit increase. Even if all were performing well. We would keep track of who got it each year so we wouldn’t skip someone 2 years in a row. We also tried to budget the separate bonus money budget so we could give a lump sum to those people that didn’t get a merit increase. Needless to say, I don’t work there anymore for a number of reasons.

Yup.  I was a top performer at my last job but I got a 2% raise because the department had a certain amount of raises allotted, so for anyone who got 3% someone else had to get 1%.

Leaving was an excellent decision on my part.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2017, 05:39:30 AM »
Another shout that you need to update that CV, and get interviewing.

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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2017, 05:45:44 AM »
Yeah, time to go. I loved my first job. The work was interesting and fast-paced. I was there four years and expecting a promotion, and got the same blurb you did - not enough time at the current level, we can't promote everyone, blah, blah, blah.

A couple of friends had left and gone to another company and said I should interview there. I got a new job with a 34% pay raise. When I gave notice, suddenly my promotion got approved, but I didn't stay.


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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2017, 05:48:04 AM »
I have a different question than the others:

What is your value to the company?  Do you work in a line of business where you can directly determine your value?

I agree with the others, a 0% raise and that level of bonus should trigger you to explore your options.  You may find out you're worth more elsewhere, or you may find that your value is capped out and you need to develop your skills.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2017, 05:48:08 AM »
You have to take care of yourself because this company won't.  The company can't say they have to tighten the belts and have the stock move up 20%.  Your manager can make an exception to the budget but then that would make them look bad on their review because you know that they are going to get a raise this year plus a fatter bonus than you. 

Don't get me wrong there are some good places out there that take care of their people.  This is obviously not one of them.

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« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2017, 06:18:56 AM »
My best "raises" have come from changing jobs.  And nothing says that you have to take a new job if it's offered, but you definitely can't accept a new job with increased pay if you never applied.  I don't see a downside to finding out your value in the market.

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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2017, 06:59:42 AM »
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Am I wrong to expect a raise for that kind of hard work?

Yes.  You are incorrect to expect anything.

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Or am I showing my snowflake?

No, this isn't a characteristric trait of your generation, it's a characteristic trait of human beings.

Quit anthropomorphizing organizations. They are not people and do not behave as such, so stop expecting them to. Organizations cannot have loyalty, they do not know a sense of fairness. All traits we associate with close friends or just humans are not possible with organizations.


That's also good news.  You owe them none of that in return.  They are entities to be navigated and manipulated to benefit you without moral reservations for how they will ultimately "feel".  That doesn't mean you get to crap on real life people who belong to those organizations, but it does mean you get to act with near impunity when dealing with organizations.

Go get a new job.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2017, 07:23:36 AM »
I'm trying to figure out if I'm being a millennial snowflake or rightfully pissed off at my company.

Basically, I've been working for my company for 4 years now. I just got notice of my annual review decisions. I got a sig above rating (the highest) with nothing but praise.

Then they started to waffle saying that they promoted too many people this year (I was promoted last year and don't have time at level for another) and they strained the budget. So I get no raise and 0.25% bonus.

I'm pretty ticked because the first half of the review was glowing and about how they didn't know what they could possibly do without me. Am I wrong to expect a raise for that kind of hard work? Or am I showing my snowflake? This is my first job out of college so I don't know if this is just a thing.

No you should be pissed.  I would look for another job if I were you.  I spent 7 years at the same company after college and at the last 3 years of my job I received above expectations on all of my reviews but was only granted 1% raises each year.  The company was struggling but I saw others get raises and promotions all around me so I was very frustrated.  Ended up hating the job and my last year the work really suffered as a result. 

Long story short, go get yours...

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2017, 07:54:14 AM »
I'm going to disagree (slightly) with the majority here and say you shouldn't be pissed off.  I absolutely agree with asking for a raise / applying for other jobs, and I don't think either of those things remotely make you a jerk.  But if you're going to be pissed off every time your employer doesn't take the initiative in making your individual work situation better, you're going to be pissed off a lot.

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« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2017, 08:23:41 AM »
I'm going to disagree (slightly) with the majority here and say you shouldn't be pissed off.  I absolutely agree with asking for a raise / applying for other jobs, and I don't think either of those things remotely make you a jerk.  But if you're going to be pissed off every time your employer doesn't take the initiative in making your individual work situation better, you're going to be pissed off a lot.
I didn't get that impression at all. One's salary is agruably the only way one can measure their worth to the company. RtR's company has shown their hand, so it's time to get the feelers out.

RtR, aim for better work/life balance, commute, benefits, AND more pay. Please don't limit your expectations to 15-20%, as was suggested above.

I always used job changes to ratchet up my income, because it works. Don't be afraid to aim high and counter their initial offer, even if it's just to nab an extra week or two of vacation. Always, always have a trip to an important family event in a faraway place already "booked" when you get the offer. They never want you more than when they don't have you.

And "plog", I understand the point you're trying to make, but Organizations are made up of Humans, as anyone who's had a good boss, followed by a bad boss can attest. Humans can and do make stupid decisions, as OP is experiencing.  However, I do completely agree with your last sentence. Get going, RtR!
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2017, 08:28:16 AM »
I'm going to disagree (slightly) with the majority here and say you shouldn't be pissed off.  I absolutely agree with asking for a raise / applying for other jobs, and I don't think either of those things remotely make you a jerk.  But if you're going to be pissed off every time your employer doesn't take the initiative in making your individual work situation better, you're going to be pissed off a lot.
I didn't get that impression at all. One's salary is agruably the only way one can measure their worth to the company. RtR's company has shown their hand, so it's time to get the feelers out.

Sorry if I wasn't clear (I think we agree).  Absolutely apply for other jobs / ask for a raise.

There's just no reason to feel pissed off about it.  In my experience (limited, admittedly, and confined mostly to academia), most employers don't go out of their way to give people raises / promotions.  You have to ask / force their hand.  That doesn't piss me off.  There are other situations (ie promoting someone unqualified, refusing to address incompetence, etc.) where I think being "pissed off" is more warranted (though even there I'm not sure it helps).

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« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2017, 08:38:13 AM »
I'm going to disagree (slightly) with the majority here and say you shouldn't be pissed off.  I absolutely agree with asking for a raise / applying for other jobs, and I don't think either of those things remotely make you a jerk.  But if you're going to be pissed off every time your employer doesn't take the initiative in making your individual work situation better, you're going to be pissed off a lot.

FL is making an important clarification, getting pissed about this is a waste of cycles.  What OP has described has happened to most of us, so its useful to try to study the organization and say why is XX getting what they got.  The next place will have its quirks and reward similar and different behaviors which may not be the ones you think you need to do to "do a good job". Hell, they may reward behaviors that are not even what your manager is telling you to do. That one is awkward!


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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2017, 09:46:43 AM »
A great manager will figure out how to game the system to take care of their top performers...and if they can't find a way to do that, they'll start making plans to fill the vacancy for when the top performer leaves.  (One of my managers didn't have the money in her annual merit increase budget to take care of everyone she thought was deserving, so she got me a relatively large increase from the "retention" funds; at the time I wasn't looking for a job, but she told me she knew I would be if I didn't get a nice raise.)

A mediocre manager will hope that their top performers are too loyal to move on. 

If you like the job, the work, and the coworkers and don't want to leave, one option is to wait a few months, have a meeting with your boss, list out details of your accomplishments and the value that you specifically bring to the organization, and ask what needs to happen for you to get a raise that reflects your worth.  Be prepared at that time to start looking for another job, if you haven't already.

Or, look for a role on another team with a more proactive manager or director.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2017, 10:01:08 AM »
Thanks for all the advice everyone, I definitely needed some perspective from people. It's really helpful to get a view into other people's experiences for this sort of thing. People are obnoxiously silent about personal raises and salary. It makes it hard to know what's normal and what's not.

I've calmed down from the initial anger. It was predictable but unhelpful as FLBiker pointed out. I'm disappointed in my boss who I started under about 9 months ago for not trying a little harder for me. My last boss was very willing to go to bat for his people, but the new girl is a little more placating and non-confrontational. I've got a feeling that played into this.

For what it's worth, I did ask for a raise on the spot when they said there was nothing and got a pretty standard (obviously rehearsed) line about decisions being final and wait until the next cycle.

I've been willing to leave my job for a while and have stayed a little because of timing and a little because of loyalty. But then, loyalty goes both ways. Thanks for the perspective. I definitely needed it. It's really easy to just let things happen and continue on the way things are.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2017, 10:34:45 AM »
You didn't say how big your company is, but with megacorps, there is often little even a proactive boss can do.  It is the sad reality that you're worth more BEFORE you get the job - your biggest pay increases will always be with a job jump.

Often HR has ditated, and the fat cats have agreed (because, hey, they have stock options and a differnt bonus structure).  A group has x dollars for raises, and it's mandated that 80% of the team must be rated as 'successful' (or whatever fancy term your company uses for 'average', 'meets expectations').  So if you were on a team of superstars (and we all want to work on that team), everyone gets rated average.....But if you work on a team of duds (so your daily life is hell), you can get rated a superstar.....

You're young, so every crappy raise has a compound effect, since next year's percentage is based off of this year's raise and so on....

Like folks have said, start looking around (don't jump too often - that looks bad on a resume too)....and IMHO, no amount of money makes jumping to a crappy job worth it.

PS - don't call your boss a girl if she's over the age of 14. 

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2017, 10:52:18 AM »
PS - don't call your boss a girl if she's over the age of 14.

She has a hello kitty doll on her desk and talks like she's a kindergarten teacher. For all I know she may be 14.
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« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2017, 01:29:34 PM »
PS - don't call your boss a girl if she's over the age of 14.

She has a hello kitty doll on her desk and talks like she's a kindergarten teacher. For all I know she may be 14.

It doesn't matter.

That's an asshole thing to say.
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« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2017, 01:30:42 PM »
And if your boss senses that attitude form you she may have deservedly given you no raise on purpose.
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« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2017, 02:10:24 PM »
Above average review and no raise is bullshit. Update your resume and talk to a recruiter to verify that you are not making significantly more than market rate for your skill set and experience and if the market is hiring. If the market is active and you are willing to look and change jobs then there is nothing to lose from pushing for a higher bonus or raise from your company. If you have an old manager that will give you a reference then you can annoy your current one by asking. It is really good experience to practice pushing your manager for money until they say no. Come up with a list of accomplishments for the past year and new skills you have developed. Go back to your manager, close the door and say you have been thinking about the review, go over your list. Ask why should the company get more out of you without more pay? What do you need to do in the current year to ensure a raise? Make them be specific. If they can answer ask when you can schedule a follow up meeting to get an answer. If they push back ask how you can develop skills the company values so you can be promoted if they don't tell you.

Best case you end up with more money and don't need to look for a new job. Worst case is some awkward time with your boss and a good learning experience on how to handle future raises. Then bail on that company and manager.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2017, 02:53:07 PM »
PS - don't call your boss a girl if she's over the age of 14.

She has a hello kitty doll on her desk and talks like she's a kindergarten teacher. For all I know she may be 14.

It doesn't matter.

That's an asshole thing to say.

I don't think it's an asshole thing to say.

There's nothing wrong with the word "girl" when describing a female person roughly the same age as myself or younger. If she were a man I'd have said "the new guy" which wouldn't be offensive at all. I really don't see how using the female version of that phrase is suddenly wrong. It's also pretty shitty to assume anything about our professional relationship based on one word. It would be doing her a disservice to assume that she would act underhandedly to deny me a raise instead of talking to me.

The hello kitty joke was probably unnecessary since apparently, this wasn't a joke like I assumed.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #32 on: November 30, 2017, 03:19:49 PM »
since you're only 4 years into the working world I was trying to give you some gentle advice.  Most women do not like to be referred as a 'girl', particularly in the business world.  You may think that girl is the female equivalent of guy, but to me the equivalent is gal.  And the equivalent of girl is boy.  Girl is all too often used a term to put a woman in her place, to ensure that she doesn't consider herself an equal.  Based on your answer, you may not think that way, but too often, that is the case.

Your answer about hello kitty and her speaking like a kindergarten teacher came across as offensive.  In retrospect, if you thought I was kidding, your response was appropriate, but you can see how easily things can be taken out of context when all we have is the written word.

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« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2017, 03:29:13 PM »
Move on. I did a mistake by sticking to my first employer out of college for 8 years. Raises were meagre. RSUs were laughable. Eventually quit and got a 33% raise and good chunk in sign-on bonus. Forget the money. Change is good.
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« Reply #34 on: November 30, 2017, 03:48:16 PM »
I have a different question than the others:

What is your value to the company?  Do you work in a line of business where you can directly determine your value?

I agree with the others, a 0% raise and that level of bonus should trigger you to explore your options.  You may find out you're worth more elsewhere, or you may find that your value is capped out and you need to develop your skills.

this!

It's time to start looking.  Companies often default to low raises on existing employees, for whatever reasons, relating to inertia, and the need to make up a gap in 15% of the employees this year (the average ones who are currently underpaid), leaving "0" for the top performers, etc.  Very short sighted. 

BUT, there is a chance that they know that they are the top paying employer around, and, at best, you would get even money elsewhere.   So bonuses / raises just aren't in the picture for you until you get a level promotion.

  Ensure you include the value of your benefits (health, pension, 401k, sick time, LTD, life insurance, PTO) in your analysis.. 

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« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2017, 04:43:19 PM »
Another possibility I didn't notice being mentioned to at least make your compensation more palatable for now is to ask for other benefits instead such as some more PTO or telecommuting. If that is definitely off the table as well, then time to leave unless you love it there.

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« Reply #36 on: November 30, 2017, 05:08:33 PM »
I wouldn't be pissed but I would start looking for my next job. Did they say to you....."If you don't like it, the door is over there"?

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #37 on: November 30, 2017, 08:13:35 PM »
PS - don't call your boss a girl if she's over the age of 14.

She has a hello kitty doll on her desk and talks like she's a kindergarten teacher. For all I know she may be 14.

It doesn't matter.

That's an asshole thing to say.

I don't think it's an asshole thing to say.

There's nothing wrong with the word "girl" when describing a female person roughly the same age as myself or younger. If she were a man I'd have said "the new guy" which wouldn't be offensive at all. I really don't see how using the female version of that phrase is suddenly wrong. It's also pretty shitty to assume anything about our professional relationship based on one word. It would be doing her a disservice to assume that she would act underhandedly to deny me a raise instead of talking to me.

The hello kitty joke was probably unnecessary since apparently, this wasn't a joke like I assumed.

You might not understand why, but two people have very clearly the ld you it isn't ok.

Listen to us, don't listen, whatever. But trust, women do not like to be called it referred to as girl, and if you are overheard using that language people will think poorly of YOU not her. Full stop.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #38 on: November 30, 2017, 11:06:43 PM »
PS - don't call your boss a girl if she's over the age of 14.

I don't think it's an asshole thing to say.

If she were a man I'd have said "the new guy" which wouldn't be offensive at all. I really don't see how using the female version of that phrase is suddenly wrong.


Actually, The male version of that phrase is "the new boy".   The female version is "the new gal" which is a bit old-fashioned, but hey, why not.

So, what kind of looks do you get when you refer to your male colleagues the same age as you or younger as "the new boy"?   When was the last time you were referred to as "the boy" by someone else?..?
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #39 on: November 30, 2017, 11:56:53 PM »
I would look around.  Right now companies are suffering to find qualified individuals.  If you want to stay with the company then you can let them know that you are now starting to look around for a new job due to the lackluster raise.  Really look into building up your resume and consult others on having the perfect resume.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #40 on: December 01, 2017, 05:28:17 AM »
You didn't say how big your company is, but with megacorps, there is often little even a proactive boss can do.  It is the sad reality that you're worth more BEFORE you get the job - your biggest pay increases will always be with a job jump.

Often HR has ditated, and the fat cats have agreed (because, hey, they have stock options and a differnt bonus structure).  A group has x dollars for raises, and it's mandated that 80% of the team must be rated as 'successful' (or whatever fancy term your company uses for 'average', 'meets expectations').  So if you were on a team of superstars (and we all want to work on that team), everyone gets rated average.....But if you work on a team of duds (so your daily life is hell), you can get rated a superstar.....

You're young, so every crappy raise has a compound effect, since next year's percentage is based off of this year's raise and so on....

Like folks have said, start looking around (don't jump too often - that looks bad on a resume too)....and IMHO, no amount of money makes jumping to a crappy job worth it.

PS - don't call your boss a girl if she's over the age of 14.

I wanted to chime in on this comment.  I work in middle management for a very large company with everything you said above (and I might even be a "fat cat", which is slightly less offensive than being called "girl" :)   )

Its still not that difficult to give a raise to one of my employees, it takes a second level of management approval (so my boss has final approval over an off-cycle raise or promotion for one of my employees).   We're not going to let a valuable employee leave over 2,5,10%, the cost of turnover is too high.  I'm on the revenue producing side of the company, so its a bit easier when there's a direct tie between individual or team compensation and individual/team revenue production.

My advice to the original poster is if the raise is almost 0%, he/she has one of two issues.  Incompetent/inexperienced leadership, or the department may really have a tight budget and not plan on replacing anyone who leaves.  The fancy term "we'll lower the FTEs through natural attrition" or "not backfill open positions".  Its kinder and friendlier than layoffs.  I don't personally agree with it, if I were me I'd stack rank the employees and give the lowest performer a severance to leave.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2017, 07:43:36 AM »
Firstly "girl" wtf - just dont.  Always try to default to showing respect.  You can always fly the double birds on your way across a burning bridge latter on.

Not getting a raise sucks but as a few others have said you need to look at what you are worth vs what you are being paid.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2017, 08:35:22 AM »
PS - don't call your boss a girl if she's over the age of 14.

She has a hello kitty doll on her desk and talks like she's a kindergarten teacher. For all I know she may be 14.

It doesn't matter.

That's an asshole thing to say.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2017, 08:43:25 AM »
guy/gal vs girl/boy. Saying “the new girl” is like saying “the new boy”. I think that’s how most people would take it.

In regards to the raise I think this is one of the first steps in realizing loyalty doesn’t really exist from the company standpoint. Especially at big companies. Even if the person you report to is loyal when it comes down to raises or layoffs those decisions are made at a higher level many times. Also it’s not always someone out to get every last penny out of you, sometimes it’s just best for the business to not give raise.  If it’s an issue again next year see if the job market has something better to offer.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2017, 08:55:56 AM »
So I get no raise and 0.25% bonus.

I'm pretty ticked because the first half of the review was glowing and about how they didn't know what they could possibly do without me. Am I wrong to expect a raise for that kind of hard work? Or am I showing my snowflake? This is my first job out of college so I don't know if this is just a thing.
I'm late to the party but agree, time to shop yourself around. You have nothing to loose and much to gain. I hate to say it but guard yourself against loyalty - you are a number, literally a 'resource' to them.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #45 on: December 02, 2017, 05:34:17 AM »
Hell, this use of girl and setting masculine norms for a workplace culture needs to stop - I take it you are male?  Why do we label Hello Kitty items unprofessional, but then label other more masculine items such as sports trophies, car pictures, etc as professional? Neither seem to add or detract much as desk ornaments from most jobs.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #46 on: December 02, 2017, 08:23:21 AM »
Seriously.  OP, I work in an office of primarily men, in a megacorp with primarily men.  And yes, I call them men, because that's the appropriate term and I would be the one labelled unprofessional if I went around referring to them as boys--as you've been told your habit of calling women 'girls' is doing, despite your refusal to hear it.  And <gasp> multiple men I work with have stuffed animals in their offices.  They're decorations/jokes/whatever, and no one goes around announcing "So and so has a stuffed fish!  They must be a fourteen year old boy!"

Frankly, speaking as someone who's not a manager but is high enough in the tech lead pipeline to get asked to write a lot of reviews--if I heard someone referring to women as girls (and didn't apologize and correct themselves when it was pointed out why that was a problem), it would give me serious pause whether they could be trusted to lead a team or if they're going to be marginalizing (or alienating) a section of their workforce.  It may not matter at the level you're currently at, but as you start to move up this kind of unprofessional behavior is likely to sabotage you.

Oh, and to answer your original question--as other have said, this is, unfortunately, the world of megacorps and large businesses that are run by spreadsheet as much as people.  If you want a giant raise you'll probably have to go elsewhere.  Or at the very least have another offer, threaten to leave, and see if it goes up the chain high enough to get matched, although that can have a variety of repercussions and isn't usually considered the wisest idea.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #47 on: December 02, 2017, 08:54:42 AM »
You have no idea why she has that hello kitty thing in her office -- maybe it was the last birthday gift she got from a parent who died young. 

And maybe she talks to you like a kindergarten teacher because you act like a kindergartener.
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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2017, 09:05:07 AM »
It doesn't matter.

That's an asshole thing to say.

Yes it is. And it won't help getting a raise.

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Re: Should I Be Pissed Off? (Annual Raises)
« Reply #49 on: December 02, 2017, 09:09:14 AM »
So everyone is a superstar in their mind. Really everyone. Yet looking around a typical organization there are only a few superstars in reality.

I can't tell if you [OP] are actually a superstar or just think you are. I would suggest you do what other folks have suggested and look for a new job at a higher pay level. If you get one easily than you are probably underpaid and right to be pissed. If you don't get an offer that let's you know your current compensation is okay. If you have to work really hard to get a better paying job, but do get an offer take it and be happy.