I’m going to try to make this as short as possibly yet still provide enough detail for you to assess the situation and give appropriate advice...
At my one year anniversary mark I approached my manager for a raise being that I am at a minimum $20k underpaid by local standards and the fact that since I started I took on responsibilities outside of my job description and my immediate role, my team grew from 2 people to 6 in a year’s time, the biggest team in the company. I’ve saved money for the company on more than one occasion, took leadership and allowed my manager to take on a higher profile role...
When I approached my manager he reacted positively saying that no one would dispute giving me a raise given my contribution and track record. He asked me how much I wanted and I told him that I’d like to be paid market value but did not give an actual amount, he countered that market value can be subjective considering close commute and work life balance. I agreed and said that it’s definitely something that should be taken into account. He asked me to give him a few weeks to work it out.
I waited patiently as a month passed. In the meantime I take on more responsibility etc... finally i get called into a meeting and my manager addresses my request, he proceeds to tell me that upper management would not approve a mid year raise at this time at a level that I want and to please wait until end of year (6) more months. That in order for me to get the level of raise that I want it needs to be qualified with additional responsibilities. I was shocked, I was expecting to negotiate not to be flat out denied... my morale plomitted. I walked away only to ask for another meeting that afternoon where I calmly told my manager of my dissapoitment and the fact that it was unfair that I had to take on even more responsibility yet not be compensated fairly for what I already took on. He appreciated the candor and said he’d re approach the subject... 2 more weeks pass with silence and then a promise of a high level upper management meeting with more info about my future.
After the meeting I was told that he can get me to where I want to be if I can move into a higher level role, I responded positively. He told me that he should have more info in September. Well September comes around and I am asked to start my 2018 staff planning with no mention of my future. I bring up my role saying that in order to plan for my team I need to know where my future is . We agreed that I’m moving into the direction of higher role but it’s not set in stone and a financial number is not discussed.
Well as it turns out one of my team members who has been here 6 months, approached my manager saying he has another job offer but that he would like to stay if we can adjust his compensation. I agree and encourage the adjustment being that this person is an integral part to my team. A 20$k raise is approved over night and processed even thought it’s still not the end of the year.
I understand that they could have let him go and had me pick up his work load which they did not do and this is a big deal. However I feel very hurt and slighted despite this recognition. I have devoted so much of myself to this job, emotionally and physically and I feel that if I was truly valued I would not be strung along. I feel like a fool where every month I’m being promised a resolution without a commitment.
How do I get my manager to commit to my future and speed up the approval process short of pulling the same stunt of getting another offer and asking them to match? What is your advice? I’m worried that when the raise wil come about it will not be competitive enough and I don’t want to feel like I’m being taken advantage off. Do I have any power to discuss my salary increase before it is approved, is it futile? Should I just look for a new job to move to? I give way too much of myself and produce positive results not to be compensated fairly but feel that I’m being taken advantage of because I’m being nice.
Appreciate all your advice!