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Negotiating Higher Pay
District Manager, Retail - (City withheld for privacy), Texas, United States
There are no such things as bad negotiations

only there are bad negotiators! Negotiate by asking for what you want. Don't be shy, put it out there! Tell them that you have to have at least a 3% salary increase each year just to keep up with inflation! Incentives don't cut it all the time! Unless they will not budge and then ask for double the incentive to allow for 50% missing.

Also, Don't buddy up with your boss ever! I regreted it because their are bad back stabbers out there that will leave you or take advantage of your hospitality!

Posted in Negotiating Higher Pay on 19 Jan 2011
More Hours/ More Responsiblities/ More Pay
Administrative / Office Manager - (City withheld for privacy), South Carolina, United States
I have worked for the same company now for 6 + yrs and have moved up and being giving nothing but the highest regard. However for the past 3 yrs, my hours were cut from 40 to 30 along with other employees & now that they want me to go back F/T they want me to take it for 50 cents more. 10 more hours, 20 more hrs of work, then they will reduce the other employees hrs, so there's only 60 hrs in this whole office. Companies today know they have you by the tail & that you probably cant just go out and get another job right away becuase of the market. Your stuck between a rock and hard place with no where to go. Frustrated, proative employee living in a tourist town with no where to go from here. What does a person do?
Posted in Negotiating Higher Pay on 17 Jan 2011
Little White Lies for Higher Salary
Bank Teller - (City withheld for privacy), Illinois, United States
I recently obtained a job at a major bank. When I received the call for the interview, I was extremely happy and went in with hopes of getting the job, and I did. I have previous banking experience and also still have Retail and Sales expierence as well. Did not negotiate any amount because I was just happy to get a job. Come to find out a girl from my current, still retail job also got a offer with the same bank, she said a little white lie and mentioned that she already had an offer with Bank of America and they offered her 12.00 there. So this current bank then offered her 12.75 with flexibilty with any schedule she wanted. I got super upset, due to the fact that I am also bilingual, like her, just with the difference that I have a college education.
Posted in Negotiating Higher Pay on 15 Nov 2010
Getting What You Are Worth
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) - (City withheld for privacy), Texas, United States
I have been in the healthcare field on and off since I was 15, (am now 39 with a disabled child). I definately am not getting what I am worth and never will, who does? However, in this day and age when you calculate what you are getting in terms of rate of pay consider the following, first health and wellfare: Is the company paying for your individual health care with low contribution from you? Secondly, if traveling what is the mileage rate and how many miles do you expect to travel each week? In addition is there cell phone reimbursement, shift differential and sick pay and holiday pay. Cummulatively add this up subtract actual cost and you will see what you really make. I happen to have been doing exceptionally well within this field. Also consider flexible scheduling between office and patient and the time I need to dedicate to my child when necessary. I am happy in what I do.
Posted in Negotiating Higher Pay on 9 Nov 2010
Told there was no money in the budget for my raise.
Customer Service Manager - (City withheld for privacy), Virginia, United States
No associate should be surprised when it comes to their end of year review.

As long as both the associate and manager are doing their part. You should be receiving regular periodic performance assessments. Including a mid year review for a detailed performance discussion.

At each meeting be prepared and engage in a fact based discussion. Each session should answer questions related to your performance as outlined in your annual performance objectives with written feedback.

"No raise due to budget concerns", this is a cop out answer and wrong. Budgets are just that, planned expenses. However, if this answer is provided, it fair to ask how that can happen? or Seek your next step options outside your manager. Many times it’s not if there was not enough money, it a matter of how those moneys were allocated.

Also evaluate your current salary to your department's market reference point (MRP) as this to can be taken into account. This becomes next assessment factor if performance ratings for associates are the same.


Below is a simplistic look at a 10 associate department but represents the basic idea and order which raises could be assessed. Performance first then MRP, see that 2 associates may not be considered.

(APO) 1 to 5 rating with 5 being best.

LOW: 28,000

MRP: 30,000


Connie current salary is 30,000 and rated 5 on 1-5 scale.

Eddie current salary is 29,000 and rated 4 on 1-5 scale.

Juanita current salary is 31,000 and rated 4 on 1-5 scale.

John current salary is 29,000 and rated 3 on 1-5 scale.

Betty current salary is 41,000 and rated 3 on 1-5 scale.

Not eligible due to poor performance:

Janice current salary is 41,000 and rated 2 on 1-5 scale.

Ralph current salary is 28,000 and rated 2 on 1-5 scale.

So bottom line:

Know, live and breath your annual performance expectations.

If not provided, ask for periodic written performance evaluations.

Keep in mind your salary in relationship to dept. MRP.

If you still feel your review and associated compensation is improper express your concerns and use your company policies or contact HR.

Posted in Negotiating Higher Pay on 10 Oct 2010
Education and Techs.
Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) - (City withheld for privacy), South Carolina, United States
I have graduated from an ASHP accredited Pharmacy Technology program. I work in the hospital setting and am SC State Certified. If I had not gone to school I would not be SC Certified. These certifications (SC and PTCB) have improved my salary a lot. Just by moving from GA where my education wasn't valued to SC where is qualifies me for SC Cert I saw an 18% raise in my salary. Please do your research though because techs are underpaid but I love my job in the hospital. Retail jobs do not pay well, there is no over time or shift differentials. You have more expensive benefits in retail payroll deductions also. I believe for a career you need to get into a good hospital position. I get higher pay, cheaper benefits, shift differentials, lots of overtime, and guaranteed raises each year. Plus in the hospital there is no cash register, drive thru, or customers to deal with. I worked retail part time from 2003 to 2006 and full time from 2008 to 2010. I worked hospital part time from Sept 09 to Jan 2010 then went full time in Jan 2010. I am much happier now.
Posted in Negotiating Higher Pay on 5 Aug 2010
Raise or new position
Product Designer, Graphic Arts / Advertising - (City withheld for privacy), Arizona, United States
I had only been with the company less then a year and advanced two times. My second advancement with the company was the icing on the cake. There were no position advancement within my field but after searching for a new job within the company and sending in my transfer my manager, not wanting to loose me, created a new position with new title and new salary. It was awesome because I truly didn't want to leave my department. I came in and worked hard and asked for more work and gave extra time and my manager saw my dedication and hard work and it paid off. So don't think you can't move up if there is no position to move into if they really want to keep you they will create one. I also showed how much more I was going to be making if I transfered so they gave me more then that.
Posted in Negotiating Higher Pay on 20 Jul 2010
Quality Assurance Auditor
Quality Assurance Auditor - (City withheld for privacy), Ohio, United States
If you want to receive higher pay in this field, you need to get education in the measurement analysis field. Learn how to operate a CMM or a Romer Arm.
Posted in Negotiating Higher Pay on 18 Jun 2010
Initial Job Offer
Plant Manager, Manufacturing - (City withheld for privacy), North Carolina, United States
Get as much as you can with the initial job offer.

Upper management are reluctant to reward success in the future. VP of Manufacturing operates more politically than actual based on Performance indicators.

If possible get contracts negotiated in writing.

Posted in Negotiating Higher Pay on 14 Jun 2010
A degree does not pay!
Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) - (City withheld for privacy), Ohio, United States
I have an Associates degree in pharmacy technology, it is worthless! It has no bearing on how much I make or open any doors to better pharmacy jobs at all. You can get hired into a pharmacy with no experience and be trained on the job and have your certification paid for by the company instead of paying for it yourself. Don't get scammed into the chain "colleges" that claim you need a degree or will need a degree, they are wrong!
Posted in Negotiating Higher Pay on 5 Jun 2010
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