Author Topic: Asking for a raise w/backstory  (Read 1821 times)


  • Stubble
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Asking for a raise w/backstory
« on: October 04, 2016, 09:28:58 AM »
A little over a year and a half ago, I applied for an internal position two levels higher than my previous position.  During the interview, I asked what the salary was and was told $78K.  I was making about $25K less than that so I was ecstatic (although I played it cool).

A week or two later, the recruiter called me to offer the position and mentioned that the pay would be 15% increase from my old pay which equals $62K.  I accepted because I (stupidly) felt like I had no other choice.  I have a feeling my boss wasn't supposed to tell me the $78K number so I didn't want to screw up a professional relationship by throwing him under the bus.  I am guessing the $78K number was the mid-range for the position since later the boss told me my predecessor wasn't even making that much.

Fast forward about a year and my boss and fellow analyst co-worker are laid off leaving me as the only person in my sub-department.  A few months later and with a new boss (although I'm the only semi-experienced one in my specific area), raises come out from our annual reviews and the "whole company" received 1.5%.  Since we just had layoffs, I figured asking for a larger raise would be a miscalculation.  Can you tell I'm an introvert? :-P

Fast forward 6 months later - I am still doing the job of two people plus also being my own tech support for a very unstable database.  I have to be very careful with when I take any PTO because of the database.  Any breakdown or missing data from me not being around takes a long time to fix (even with backups) and this wasn't the job I was hired to do (although I would never say that).

The largest issue with being tech support for half my time is that it is hard for me to show much value but i suppose since no one else can run this database, that is value.

So is asking for a raise a good idea and how much would be a good range to have in mind?  I assume it would still be a bad idea to mention the $78K number because even though the old boss is not with the company, my new boss worked with him for over a decade and I don't want to be throwing blame around.


  • Bristles
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Re: Asking for a raise w/backstory
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2016, 10:53:28 AM »
Since we just had layoffs...

Learn from this. 

You are not asking for more money from friends.  You are not asking for more money from family.  You are not even asking for more money from an actual human being.  You are asking for more money from an abstract entity. 

Yes, you have to go through humans/"friends" (notice the quotes) to get what you want, that's just the nature of the beast.  So mentally seperate your personal and professional relationships and stop being a pushover. Regardless of what number was talked  about 4 months ago or what you read on the internet or how much your sister's neighbor's best friend makes--you need to ask for what you are worth.

I also advise looking elsewhere.  Find out what you truly are worth and either slink back to your existing cube or get some external confidence when you find out others really do value you more than your current employer.