Wednesday, October 10, 2007


I finally got some resolution on the issue of my recent raise (the one I thought was too low). My boss said it wasn't easy to get approved, but they increased my raise from about 3.5% up to 5%! I was pleased-- I thought they might only bring it to somewhere between 4 and 5% but 5 is a nice round number!
They did say that I shouldn't think all it took was to be a squeaky wheel, and said that my salary is in line with other people in similar positions in my company. They reminded me again that the increase percentages tend to get smaller as your salary gets higher. But the bottom line was that they value what I contribute and want me to be happy and felt my arguments were valid enough to give me what I was asking for.
In any case, I'm glad that all worked out. But I may not be so lucky next year. I'll have to start thinking of a way to get another promotion!


SandyVoice said...

Congratulations, Madame X! You approached this so well: you had good arguments, you had the numbers, you were reasonable, and you had done the good work in the first place (often underrated as a reason to get ahead!).

Sicilian said...

I went to a conference and the speaker who had done the study said that 90% of the time you get some form of whatever you request.
If you don't get a raise next year that is to your liking, ask. . . more than likely they will want to make you happy.

frugal zeitgeist said...

Well deserved and well done!

Hmmm said...

Given the statistics about affluence in the US:

I was very surprised by the incomes your readers have.

Given that you focus on personal finance, I did expect there to be a bias of people trying to make ends meet and those with frugal habits who may have higher net worths as a result.

However, these two groups should only accentuate the bimodality of the distribution (if indeed it is), not skew it positively to the extent that it seems to be.

Very interesting.

Hmmm said...

The answers almost make me wonder if government data isn't somehow missing part of the picture.

Single Ma said...


You can't get what you don't ASK for. I'm so happy for you!

Next year, if they don't deliver, just ask again. Note their comments but they shouldn't discourage you from asking for what you want and obviously deserve. At some point, you will reach the end of the road and it may be time to move on.

hank said...

Congrats! TRUE story - if you don't ask, you won't get. No kidding. I had the same situation last year, got only about a 3% raise, but complained properly and showed data and they bumped it to almost 10%! I also was pleased!

Anonymous said...

Congrads :)

Jonathan said...

Yes, congrats on your persistence and success! I think you handled it well.

Jonathan said...

Oops, I forgot to add that it almost seem like you were haggling with a car salesman. =)

"I'll have to speak to my manager"

"Well... we don't do this for everyone, but we can offer you this great deal... but just this once!"

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