If I accept a job at the top of the pay range does that mean I should be able to get promoted to the next level quickly?

New jobt
Mar 10, 2018 10 Comments

The recruiter told me that my salary is at the top of the pay range. Recently I had my annual review and my manager told me I won't be promoted for three or four years. So I can't get a pay raise for that long. At this point I feel my only option is to leave because I took a pay cut already to take this job and they down leveled me several levels. Does anyone have any advice? I already told my manager I'm very dissatisfied with the salary and want more money. Is that enough to let him know unless he increases it I will leave? I have no bonus and no stock.

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  • LinkedIn Dqvrbrqheo
    Why’d you take the job in the first place?
    Mar 10, 2018 1
    • New jobt
      OP
      I thought I would learn a lot. I see now it was a huge mistake.
      Mar 10, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng
    MsCurious

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    MsCuriousmore
    I have never heard of or done downleveling many times to anyone in my career, so all signs are telling me that you are either overpaid or not valued in your current position. So ask yourself which is it and why. I myself would never stay in such a place.
    Mar 10, 2018 1
    • New jobt
      OP
      Yeah they don't value me for sure. I'll probably leave
      Mar 10, 2018
  • Oath Swash
    People often take promotion for granted. It’s not a birth right. We have to truly outperform to get a promotion. Everyone wants a promotion all the time, why would promoting you over the others benefit the company more.. think along those lines and nail a few solid projects to show your value. Make it hard to not promote you.
    Mar 10, 2018 0
  • SoFi ehGL33
    Not getting a promotion and not getting standard cost of living pay raises are different things. Can you clarify whether you boss actually said you wouldn’t get pay raises for years? Not getting a promo is understandable for being new
    Mar 10, 2018 3
    • New jobt
      OP
      No pay raises or cost of living increases until I reach the next level. I thought it would be within a year since they dropped me so many levels at this job. Other people got promotions within months.
      Mar 10, 2018
    • SoFi ehGL33
      Ouch
      Mar 10, 2018
    • Lyft / Eng CRIOX816
      If others get promoted much faster, but they explicitly said you won't, AND you got downleveled, it seems like you already know where they stand. They don't value you.
      Mar 11, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng 92305
    No it doesn’t mean that. Promo is typically based on performance and potential. If you don’t demonstrate this in your work - you won’t be promoted despite being at the top of the range for the level.
    Mar 10, 2018 0