I've been at my current company for ten years; in that time it's gone through a couple of transitions. At first, we were a tiny home town organization - the company was barley scraping by but it made enough to pay our salaries, just no raises. That to me was okay because I felt that we were doing good works and helping people, and all of us employees were in the same boat – we were just trying to do the best we could by our clients.
Fast forward three years and there was a restructuring. Another company came in and helped ours re-brand and refurbish. From there the company, under a new name, was able to garner better business and revenue. It was doing quite well for where we are located and people were starting to get raises and we have other nice perks.
That change made our (still relatively small and home grown) company more attractive to bigger fish and we were purchased out by a larger, nation wide corporation. We were purchased by the bigger fish, and while that was happening, our state went through some changes that made employees of this sort of business become nationally certified and state licensed.
My role in the company has transition throughout these phases, and I've gratefully taken on and learned new aspects. I'm nationally certified, so I can pretty much go to any state I wish to become state licensed, though I'm rather entrenched where I am at now. And while I am grateful that I have a job and that even with the pandemic I am working, there is still a bone of contention I have with the whole situation.
New hires get hired at an hourly wage at least a couple of dollars more than what I currently make. And the department I am currently in is one of the highest paid - they extend the welcome wagon to get new people into where I am because it is a stressful position, so where as a general lay person might get x amount to start, a new person in my department would get x+2 to start.
The company isn't really wage positive, they don't like people to discuss what they make, but one of my side gigs is helping people do their taxes every year, and a lot of my coworkers come to me because I sit with them and help them do it themselves for only a couple of bucks (which is how I know newer people make more than the older employees).
When the new company purchased us out, my job wasn't done at the facility were I am located at - in fact my job is done in another state and that department does it for the whole company out of that little office in another state. So I was rolled over to my current department. I've learned all the duties, taken up the slack as we've lost people, and learned other facets of the company so that I could, pretty much, do any job within the building with only a refresher day of "hey, this is how we do this," sort of deal.
My supervisor has nothing but positive things to say about me every year we do evaluations - in fact, I've been told I'm "an employee she doesn't have to worry about because I'm always working where I'm needed, willing to train anyone she throws my way and can solve problems most people couldn't because of what I know." Yet when I've asked to at least be financially brought up to the hourly wage new hires make (and I printed out the wage listings of the hiring posts of Indeed and Glassdoor as back up on what the new hiring wage is), I'm continuously told that X company doesn't do that sort of thing, and I'm given the typically 2% increase they give everyone across the board.
I'm maxed out on what they give for vacation hours - I get 220 a year, so it isn't like I'm totally perk-less; it's just this year with the COVID thing, no one received any raises and there is no longer any 401K match, which I'm okay with because they cut these things, and our hours to 30 a week, so that they wouldn't have to lay off people. Again a blessing... but I still feel raw over the wage discrepancy issue.
I want to get over this anger I have over not being paid what I know I am worth and I'm not sure how other than leaving. I know I could go elsewhere and I have been looking, been on a few interviews, but a lot of places pay less than where I am currently at, so I've being really choosy and turned down a couple of things... It feels like a vicious lost cycle and I know the problem is me, so how do I cope?
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