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Old 06-25-07, 08:28 AM   #1
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How are pay raises handled where you work?

Do you get a cost of living allowance? No raise? Annually?

I know there are a lot of variables but how are things handled in general?
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Old 06-25-07, 08:39 AM   #2
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Here you get a review 90 days after your hire date, and then an annual review from there on out.
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Old 06-25-07, 08:39 AM   #3
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Merit based increases annually. Which means if you are a lousy employee you may very well get no raise at all. The % depends on how the business is doing.

Promotions when they are deserved(every 2-6 years) also get a raise and are done twice a year as a company. Which means you could very well get two raises in one year(merit plus promotion)

Cost of living is not factored in, but we may get raises based on salaries across the country in that industry for that job description. These happen every 3-XXX years.

The whole thing is very internally regulated.
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Old 06-25-07, 08:57 AM   #4
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It's all based on what the Union and Admin agree on.

And i'm not happy with it.
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Old 06-25-07, 09:04 AM   #5
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Merit based increases annually. The % depends on how the business is doing, and your performance against goals you set for yourself that year (with manager approval).

Cost of living is not added or given anywhere else in the year, so if your % is at or less than annual COL increase, you effectively broke even or got less pay.

Which means if you are a lousy employee you may very well lose money that year.
If you are mediocre you may well lose money that year.
If company doesn't do well and severely limits merit increase you may well lose money that year.
If you were affected by company things out of your control that caused you to miss your goals, you may well lose money that year.
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Do you get a cost of living allowance? No raise? Annually?

I know there are a lot of variables but how are things handled in general?
The raises are capped at a percentage determined yearly (raises are only once a year)....this has typically been 2-3%. Now, you have to PROVE you deserve that amount. If your performance has been lackluster, expect very little of a raise...if it's been outright bad, expect to get a demotion to a lesser job function soon.
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Old 06-25-07, 10:22 AM   #7
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I simply raise my prices Last June I raised my rates 30% across the board, and I will be doing it again next year more than likely. That gives me a decent raise and covers the current inflation rate.
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Old 06-25-07, 10:36 AM   #8
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...i'm union, depends on the contract...
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Old 06-25-07, 10:40 AM   #9
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I ask myself for a raise, then I look at the books and justify to myself why I can't afford to do it!
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Old 06-25-07, 10:44 AM   #10
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merit increases here too. i used to get more spot bonus throughout the year, but those don't seem to be happening anymore. looks like things have leveled out for the foreseeable future and i can expect about 2 or 3% a year. although there has been a lot of layoffs lately, so it could be a 100% pay reduction.
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Old 06-25-07, 10:44 AM   #11
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First, the pigs are labeled with the percentage increase: 0% up to 15%. Then the pigs are greased down really good. Finally, the pigs are released among the cubicles. Whatever pig you catch, that is your increase. If you catch multiple pigs, you only get the highest percentage.
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Old 06-25-07, 10:46 AM   #12
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First, the pigs are labeled with the percentage increase: 0% up to 15%. Then the pigs are greased down really good. Finally, the pigs are released among the cubicles. Whatever pig you catch, that is your increase. If you catch multiple pigs, you only get the highest percentage.
This sounds like the only fair way to handle the issue.
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Old 06-25-07, 10:48 AM   #13
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Annual review. Basic inflation increase and rarely a merit increase. The basic increase is just so they don't lose good workers to other companies. Tracks the market. A merit increase calls for walking on water and not telling others you got it.
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Old 06-25-07, 10:49 AM   #14
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Do people actually get pay increases? Wow! What a concept.

State employee here. We may get something if the spirit moves the legislature, which happened about three years ago..........we got 3%, meaning we lose out to inflation.
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We work off a caseload-type system and have production requirements. Complete your production plus x extra and you get a promotion (your salary increases but your production requirement goes up as well), repeat. We also get an annual cost-of-living (or whatever they call it) raise that is applied universally regardless of your production ability.
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Old 06-25-07, 11:03 AM   #16
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Myself: Annual "Pay for performance" where the lowest paid employees in your group get the largest merit and the higher paid employee get the smallest if any all in the name of peer equity. This is regardless of performance.
We do get an annual bonus which is supposed to be "pay for performance" also however it falls along the line of one person out of ten gets a smidgen of a bigger bonus which is equally taken away from the other nine. Unless your lucky enough to have a poor performer. Then may two people get a little better and the poor performer gets nothing. That rarely happens though as it looks bad for the supervisor to have a badly rated employee so skate along they shall.

My Wife: As an animal control officer she gets nada. The police officers get nada too! Two years ago they got a bonus which was a one time payment of what their merit would be for that year.
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Old 06-25-07, 11:05 AM   #17
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I work at a private University and we have annual performance evaluations and if we meet the standard, we get 3% annual raise. I have been working here for three years and have great evaluations every year but never a promotion. I am considering changing my job in next few months. Thanks for asking.
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Old 06-25-07, 11:05 AM   #18
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I've worked lots of places and it varies considerably. The federal government gives an annual increase (rather small) plus a locaility differential depending on where you live. You can get a merit increase as well based on your annual performance evaluation. Promotions, after you get to the "working" level usually are competed and you must apply.

Small employers tend to be rather informal and pay increases are tied into how well the company did and how much you personnaly contributed to the success.

Medium and larger companies usually have goals based on things like production, profitability, cost savings, etc., and you might get increases based on what your personnaly did as well as your work groups accomplishments.
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I work at a private University and we have annual performance evaluations and if we meet the standard, we get 3% annual raise. I have been working here for three years and have great evaluations every year but never a promotion. I am considering changing my job in next few months. Thanks for asking.
I'd leave, if you're not getting a COA adjust of at least 2-3% per year, they're basically decreasing your pay, and if you stay too long you'll get jipped cause the next place you work will probably make your pay based on what you made at the old place, unless of course you lie.
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No performance based raises here. I work for a state college and we all get a 4-5% raise every year.
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It depends on what the union and the governor's office agree upon, then it depends on the approval of the state budget by the legislature.

New employee's start at the base of the range and receive a step increase (typically 5%) until they "top out." At that point, they'll need to pass the exam to go from one range to another where the process starts again.
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Pay raise? We don't give no stinkin pay raises.
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Old 06-25-07, 11:35 AM   #23
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"Pay raise"? What is this "pay raise" of which you speak? We do not have such things on my planet.



Well, in fairness, I get paid by the hour. Work more, make more, Work less, make less. Unfortunately, I'm much better at the latter than the former.
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Old 06-25-07, 11:40 AM   #24
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Yearly review and the raise, or lack of, tells you if you are an assest or a liability.

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As far as I can tell, they're completely and utterly forbidden.



(Mostly kidding; after a year with this company I moved from a high COL area to a lower one and and they left my pay the same, so it was in effect a very decent raise. It was suggested, with a smile, that I not expect to receive another raise for a while because I'm already making quite a bit more than my co-workers.)

From what I've heard, though, they are otherwise few and far between. I feel like I'm being compensated fairly right now so I'm okay with waiting for more info.
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