Re: Ask for a raise? Or pack my bags?

Subject: Re: Ask for a raise? Or pack my bags?
From: Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "RaphaelWorkman -at- comcast -dot- net" <raphaelworkman -at- comcast -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:09:53 -0500

Correction to my conclusion:

I've never heard of anyone who was happy about the results of trying to get
a decent raise. If nothing else, I've seen remote jobs that pay that much
or more, and have the duties you describe.


On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 6:31 PM, RaphaelWorkman -at- comcast -dot- net <
raphaelworkman -at- comcast -dot- net> wrote:

> Hello tech writers:
>
> I don't know where else to turn for advice.
>
> Is it a risk to my job security to ask my supervisor or an HR employee for
> a raise or work from home privileges? I earn an anonymous amount of money
> between $36K and $38K annually. I was hired 3.5 years ago at $32K. I just
> found out the national average is around $60K. I'm feeling undervalued with
> long hours long commute and low-ish pay for my field. I used to be allowed
> 2 days/wk work from home and just to come in on those days for occasional
> meetings. I was told our new building is new and nice and I am now expected
> to be in the office every day. I've been with this company for 8 years
> total and 3 years as an above-average tech writer, content developer (Adobe
> Captivate and Articulate Storyline), and instructional designer. I
> write/develop for a department of 1,000 people in 2 states in call centers
> that support all of the security system installers for US and Puerto Rico.
> The subject matter is highly technical including hardware, software, and
> troubleshooting. I came up th
> rough the ranks 4 years troubleshooting and programming, one year leading
> and training, and 3 years as a tech writer with many "other duties as
> assigned." I imagine my job/work is worth at least $50K. Am I delusional?
> Should I just be happy to even have a job at all? FYI I'm too nervous to
> strike out on my own as a free-lance contractor type but I'm looking around
> at places like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Jeppesen. I'm in my mid 30's
> and I'm old enough to wish for a company from which I could retire, but I
> think I may be deluding myself to think this could happen where I am. There
> are no similar jobs in my company that are just a step up from where I am,
> and none of my peers makes very much money. With my annual "merit
> increases" being anywhere from 0% to 3.1% I don't see myself making very
> much money in the future. I can't really bring this up to my boss or HR
> without a strategy because I fear once they know I want a lot more money
> they may begin quietly looking to repl
> ace me.
>
> Advice?
>
> Thanks,
> Raphael
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