Pay raises?

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  • nb3

    I’m in nyc.

    Two employers ago, I had worked for them for 4 years and got 5-12% raise each year. Pretty great, I thought! Then leadership changed, the new head of design hated me, offered me a 1% raise, then he fired me three months later. Ugh.

    Next employer (2020-2022) started me at 45% more (!!!) than the old job. But then they pulled the ol’ “yeah we think you’ll be ready for a raise in 6months” a couple times on me. I felt I was being underpaid for nyc market, and I told my manager, and I made sure to tell him multiple times, a couple months before end of year to give him time to tell his bosses that I was expecting a raise.

    At the end of 2021 they gave me a 12% raise. But by that point I wasn’t waiting around to hear the same excuse a third time. I already had a new job offer because I had been interviewing for months. I quit on the first day after my annual bonus (5%) was deposited in my account.

    Next job started me at nearly 50% more than the previous job (after the 12% raise). It’s fucking crazy.

    I swear, the ONLY way to get ahead in this world is to move to a city or region that has a lot of jobs available, then job-hop your way into a good salary. Companies have zero loyalty, so fuck ‘em. If I hadn’t been fired in 2020, I’d be making less than half of what I do now. Way less than half, and that was only three years ago. What the hell. Employers fucking suck.

    • Also NY and lots of states have salary transparency laws which has changed the game entirely. Best thing evernb
    • Nice perspective(s) @nb!ideaist
    • Good point about the salary transparency. I find salaries are higher than I thought they were before. (in NY).CyBrainX
    • Yeah now you can focus on only the best companies. For my first design job in nyc, I had ZERO idea what to ask for. 40k? 100k? 250? No idea. Brutal.nb
    • That's a lot of Math for a Monday morning. NYC requires the hustle.misterhow
    • No math version: staying at a job and asking for raises is financial suicide. Job-hopping will bounce you up to a comfortable life, fast. Employers hate it.nb

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