Re: formerly naive now burned tw needs advice

Subject: Re: formerly naive now burned tw needs advice
From: JGREY <JGREY -at- MADE2MANAGE -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 09:57:41 -0500

The anonymous user writ:
>>I accepted a TW job to work for a contract company at large IT firm.
Before I accepted, asked my recruiter for a certain amount of money more
than they offered... <snip> ...the customer wanted to wait until the first
project was completed and see first if they liked my work. <After I
finished, achieving high customer satisfaction,> he responded that my
experience and education puts me at a level X. I am at the top of the pay
scale for level Xs. To make more money I need to be a level Y, which
requires 2 more years of education and a master's degree. <snip> ...I am not
eligable for a raise.<<

I think you should go to your recruiter and point out this discrepancy. You
could begin by saying that he set an expectation that customer satisfaction
with your work could lead to a raise, but that now he is telling you that
company policy about pay scales means that the initial expectation he set
was never possible. Explain that you're frustrated and disappointed that he
set the initial expectation rather than explaining company policy in the
first place.

I see two possibilities when he set that initial expectation: (1) He lied,
or (2) He didn't think things through. His response to your respectful
statement should reveal which scenario is true.

If he lied, find another job. Don't ever work for a liar.

If he didn't think things through, but isn't genuinely apologetic, find
another job -- he's heartless. If he *is* genuinely apologetic, ask him to
go to bat for you on this to honor his commitment. If he won't, find
another job -- he's spineless. If he does, but the company won't bend, you
should probably find another job -- the company probably lacks honor (but
may be simply calling your recruiter on the carpet for his blunder).

Peace,
jim

jim grey \ Documentation Manager
Made2Manage Systems, Inc. \ jgrey -at- made2manage -dot- com


-----Original Message-----
From: Anonymous User [mailto:anonfwd -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM]
Sent: Friday, March 26, 1999 6:57 AM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: FWD: formerly naive now burned tw needs advice


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I accepted a TW job to work for a contract company at large IT firm. Before
I
accepted, asked my recruiter for a certain amount of money more than they
offered. The recruiter said that he would ask the customer (the large
company). When he called me back he said that the customer wanted to wait
until the first project was completed and see first if they liked my work.
Being confident of my ability, I accepted that and took the job.

Well, the job is completed. I did a good job and the customer likes my work.
I
went back to my recruiter (who is now my manager) and asked him about the
raise.

He responded that my experience and education puts me at a level X. I am at
the top of the pay scale for level Xs. To make more money I need to be a
level
Y, which requires 2 more years of education and a master's degree. Though
the
customer liked my work I am not eligable for a raise. However, if I wait
another 6 months I will get a standard cost of living raise. And if I'm a
good
boy (my words) and prove that I have "leadership skills" he will see if I
can
become a level Y inspite of my experience and education.

I was so angry I didn't know what to say, so I left. (If I spoke what I was
feeling I'd probably get arrested) I am scheduling an appointment to
confront
him again about this. How do I handle this? I could use the collective
wisdom
of the list to figure out the best way to confront him.

Thanks.

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