Spoke with a colleague recently, who told he had not gotten a raise in 4 years.
He is one of the most productive person I know. The situation he is in is simply disgusting (no raise for 4 years and he is a single dad).
He told me he did not want to make a "fuss" and that he was happy to have a job. My response was something close to: "F* THIS SH* YOU NEED THE MONEY!".
I told him the goal of our company is to make him work as long as possible, for as little money as possible.
I guess nobody ever told him that -- he looked really surprised and hurt. Not by me, but by our employer.
He is just a sweet, trusting guy, and he paid for it, his salary is just so ridiculously low.
F* this company and, especially, f* his boss and the HR people who let this happened.
@ParadeGrotesque Salary adjustments really need to be automatic and deterministic, based on some performance review process that's written down and actually followed. If your salary stays the same, the company should need to justify that. You should be able to know all the inputs to the process and the reasons for them, even if you don't know the exact algorithm. And the algorithm should need to be audited by some third party.
What you describe would be ideal. It's not going to happen, because it's not in the interest of any corporation.
Too many people work very hard and reach their targets consistently. It would mean too many people got raises every year or so.
The older I get, the more I realize cooperatives, maintaining strict, egalitarian, internal democracy and respecting all, is the only acceptable form of organization.
@ParadeGrotesque I don't know how those will become common as long as the system is heavily biased toward giving all the resources to hierarchical corporations. Equity financing, in particular, needs to go away.
@ParadeGrotesque sounds like a good time to look for a new job. His experience should warrant an easy offer with better compensation if he's so underpaid now.
Yup, this is exactly what we are discussing right now.
@ParadeGrotesque YES! I wish more people would realize this. Years ago, when I'd finally had enough, I handed in my resignation and ended up getting a raise and a promotion instead.
Strangely, this is something that I learned at a very young age (when I was about 15).
My father's cousin was a financial director at a megacorp. Guy was the hardest working pro I have ever seen. Even took files wih him during summer vacation.
He ended being fired overnight after working his butt off for 15+ years at that company.
Made me realize working hard is no guarantee of respect. In any company.
@ParadeGrotesque When I first handed in my resignation, my boss was pissed at the fact he'd have to give up his vacation to train somebody new, rather than replacing a loyal, long term employee.
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