Getting Paid Less Than Co-Workers

VMware twinklets
May 12 19 Comments

I’m getting paid far less than my co-workers who are doing comparable work as me, based on $ figures that have been shared with me voluntarily. This is true for both TC and base. Is this something I can address with my manager? Or do I just bite my tongue and work hard for a natural pay raise?

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TOP 19 Comments
  • 1. Ask manager for a raise. You will likey be asked why you deserve one.
    2. Get an offer from elsewhere. This helps your manager make a case to HR.
    May 12 3
    • Google lenajava
      +1
      May 13
    • Amazon dighit
      Does everyone have stockfuckingholm syndrome? Why are people trying to negotiate their salaries at a place that has shown that they are clearly not valued?
      May 13
    • Google / Eng Xoll35
      Step 3: take that offer and don’t bother working at company which needs you to interview elsewhere to get a raise
      May 13
  • Amazon dighit
    If they didn't pay you before, why would they pay you now?
    May 12 2
    • VMware twinklets
      OP
      Now I’ve shown my work ethic and ability - I would like to believe that provides support for a boost in pay
      May 14
    • Amazon dighit
      My sweet summer child...
      May 14
  • Also keep in mind discussing and revealing compensation with coworkers is a legally protected act, and if your manager tries retaliating, that is illegal.
    May 13 1
    • IBM ybe57s
      Do you happen to know where this protection is detailed? It’s against IBMs business conduct guidelines and people are very serious about it here.
      May 13
  • Intel / Other seabay
    Yeah in the same boat. While I don't exactly know how much they earn... Based on my yoe, I was low balled way down. I know I can't change much, but would like to know how others have dealt with it.
    May 12 1
    • Palo Alto Networks !💥
      Job hop
      May 13
  • Google / Eng Xoll35
    OP, you are comparing your work with what you think your coworker’s work is. You don’t have full visibility of their work, you don’t fully know their background, you don’t know the interview results.

    So no - you don’t use this as a leverage. Only your impact and importance are valid for raise. So use this as a motivation, work hard, grow, and if they don’t appreciate this in a form of raise, leave for greener pastures
    May 13 2
    • Apple / Eng srand()
      Good advice.
      May 13
    • VMware twinklets
      OP
      Ok this is what I was thinking. I’ll just make the best of it and work hard!
      May 14
  • Discover Financial Services qwerty-/:
    Manger already knows you are paid less. It’s his job to give appropriate raises.
    I would find a job elsewhere.
    May 13 1
    • Amazon / Eng scoops34
      This. The manager definitely knows. They signed your offer letter and any yearly raise adjustments
      May 13
  • Microsoft KingLoki
    It happens often. Best recourse is to interview externally and better negotiate this time. Unless you are in a mum and pop shop, there is often not much your manager can do.
    May 13 0
  • Amgen Fin4eng
    Ask for a raise or leave. Don’t use them as justification when you ask, just say market salary
    May 13 1
    • VMware twinklets
      OP
      Thanks Fin4eng. I’ll do my research and make a compelling case based solely on my own work and the market.
      May 14