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    Advice on asking for a raise

    My first year is coming up here at my job. I had been out of development/coding for about 4 years before i came here. I was working for my dad doing construction. When i came here i asked for a certain amount, they gave me a different one, which i understood because of my experience.

    Now the year is almost up and i am wondering if i should ask for a norm in developers salary here in my city. I basicaly control my companies Intranet, website, any updates, and assist another programmer in web applications. So should i ask for a normal in middle salary like i want? I am make alot less than with my father. im not sure how to ask them that i want more than i know what they want to give me.

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    thanks guys/gals!

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    Was there any agreement when you were initially hired about your salary after one year? Usually, in my experience, depending on how much lower your salary is, it's hard to make that jump up at the same company. What I would suggest is at your evaluation (I don't know how often you get evaluated.) bring in the facts- on paper. Talk about what you have done for the company and what goals you have for them. Typically, at my evaluations(my boss is a paper freak) i'll bring in information about what I've done since my last evaluation and what plans I have for the future. I'll talk myself up about how much time the projects are saving the employees and or how now they can easily access some type of information.

    I would then make sure you have all the facts on what a typical developer is making in your area. You can get these numbers off the internet somewhere but bring them in. Maybe they aren't aware what the value is for a developer in your region and they will gladly discuss it with you. There are a lot of ways to handle it, I think the most important thing is to show them the facts. However you may do it.

    I hope it goes well...good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandoe85 View Post
    Was there any agreement when you were initially hired about your salary after one year? Usually, in my experience, depending on how much lower your salary is, it's hard to make that jump up at the same company. What I would suggest is at your evaluation (I don't know how often you get evaluated.) bring in the facts- on paper. Talk about what you have done for the company and what goals you have for them. Typically, at my evaluations(my boss is a paper freak) i'll bring in information about what I've done since my last evaluation and what plans I have for the future. I'll talk myself up about how much time the projects are saving the employees and or how now they can easily access some type of information.

    I would then make sure you have all the facts on what a typical developer is making in your area. You can get these numbers off the internet somewhere but bring them in. Maybe they aren't aware what the value is for a developer in your region and they will gladly discuss it with you. There are a lot of ways to handle it, I think the most important thing is to show them the facts. However you may do it.

    I hope it goes well...good luck
    Thanks thats actually really good advice. I guess i never thought about bringing in plans and how and what im doing for the company. I will bring those in.. thanks for the advice again!

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    I cant add much advice to whats been said, which sounds like a great idea.I just wanted to say best of luck jc, you sure deserve the raise for how many members you help here alone

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDrew View Post
    I cant add much advice to whats been said, which sounds like a great idea.I just wanted to say best of luck jc, you sure deserve the raise for how many members you help here alone

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    Appreciate it, i think others have helped me more than i have helped them. I just need to show them well darn it.. im worth it

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    The best way to force a raise is to get a better offer from another company. Polish your resume and put it on Dice, Monster, etc.

    Interviewing is a bit of a hassle but giving an ultimatum you can back up is the best way to cut through the usual BS about low budgets and long timelines. Or you could end up really wanting to take the other offer, which is good too. One year is long enough to leave a company and still look responsible/not flighty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph l mayo View Post
    The best way to force a raise is to get a better offer from another company. Polish your resume and put it on Dice, Monster, etc.

    Interviewing is a bit of a hassle but giving an ultimatum you can back up is the best way to cut through the usual BS about low budgets and long timelines. Or you could end up really wanting to take the other offer, which is good too. One year is long enough to leave a company and still look responsible/not flighty.
    Thanks, i was thinking of just throwing one out there and seeing the offers i get, but i really love this company. They gave me a chance and it worked and i like working with the people here. But it is business... i will keep everyone updated at the end of this month!

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    I also have the same problem , i love working in same company with all the comforts . but they are paying me less . I can get more outside but don't know i will get all the freedom i have now.

    Everyone says in order to rise you have to change the jobs. I am also confused if thats always right or not
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    Ok.. if anyone cares i got my raise and then some. I was also given a new Mac book Pro.. so life is getting good here. Thanks to all who helpd!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcdevelopment View Post
    Ok.. if anyone cares i got my raise and then some. I was also given a new Mac book Pro.. so life is getting good here. Thanks to all who helpd!!!
    How much increase?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcdevelopment View Post
    Ok.. if anyone cares i got my raise and then some. I was also given a new Mac book Pro.. so life is getting good here. Thanks to all who helpd!!!
    Awesome! Glad it worked out

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    Nice...but...uh....a mac? That's soo artsy fartsy designer junk...

    Good to hear you got the raise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandoe85 View Post
    Nice...but...uh....a mac? That's soo artsy fartsy designer junk...

    Good to hear you got the raise!
    I got about a 20% increase... not too shabby!

    ummmm Brandoe.... does "Terminal" ring a bell?

    i know.. i fail!!!

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    Call me artsy then...I'll take a free mac book pro anyday!

    Oh and the terminal is a lot of fun!

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    Great you got raise but i got only 10% raise. Thanks mike

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