Paltry 6% Raise accompanying a Promotion

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NewMktg

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Amazon, Expedia
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Performance marketer. Primarily in leadership roles.
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Mar 14 26 Comments

Finally worked my way back up to Director level, but at a much bigger company than my previous leadership roles at startups.

With this, they offered a 6% raise. I feel like this is really low and was offered as a “you’re lucky to get anything” since I know a C-level exec was against the promotion entirely. Is it my own bitterness clouding my perception or does anyone else honestly feel this was low?

Edit for more details:
Based in Seattle metro area
New comp: $152k + 20% bonus
Many new additional responsibilities
Received a 4% raise for merit/cost of living preceeding this, but executed at same time.

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TOP 26 Comments
  • Amadeus Trick2g
    Interview elsewhere and get 50-100% raise. Why do you want to get more responsibility and stress for a shitty 6% raise?
    Mar 140
  • Twitter / EngTweepole
    "Paltry 6%". Oh, you sweet summer child.
    Mar 142
    • Zillow Group ayyyyyLma0
      Being a director is probably a lot more than a 6% workload increase
      Mar 14
    • New / Mktg
      NotALifer

      NewMktg

      PRE
      Amazon, Expedia
      BIO
      Performance marketer. Primarily in leadership roles.
      NotALifermore
      OP
      Both good perspectives. Thanks!
      Mar 14
  • Facebook public2
    Millenials are the best, thanks for the laugh.
    Mar 147
    • New / Mktg
      NotALifer

      NewMktg

      PRE
      Amazon, Expedia
      BIO
      Performance marketer. Primarily in leadership roles.
      NotALifermore
      OP
      I hear what you’re saying and I appreciate the fact that you think I’m young enough to be a millennial ;)
      Mar 14
    • Facebook public2
      Are you not!?
      Mar 14
    • New / Mktg
      NotALifer

      NewMktg

      PRE
      Amazon, Expedia
      BIO
      Performance marketer. Primarily in leadership roles.
      NotALifermore
      OP
      I am not. I’m going to take your comments as honest questions. So I’ll ask you, do I come off as entitled?
      Mar 14
    • Facebook public2
      Are you not in tech? I assumed based on comp and you trying to get to director. Didn't mean to assume but it sounded like you were asking why you didn't have over a million in yearly tc so I assumed entitled.
      Mar 14
    • New / Mktg
      NotALifer

      NewMktg

      PRE
      Amazon, Expedia
      BIO
      Performance marketer. Primarily in leadership roles.
      NotALifermore
      OP
      I worked in a number of tech startups in the Seattle area, where I’ve been Director and VP levels before (small startups). I took a step back after one startup failed to go into this role and had to work back up. 6% felt small to me, so I asked for feedback among my network and here.
      Mar 14
    • Facebook public2
      Makes sense sorry for the joke, admire the hustle. Percentage is less relevant but if you are in a new gig you likely have to prove it before getting paid out.
      Mar 14
    • New / Mktg
      NotALifer

      NewMktg

      PRE
      Amazon, Expedia
      BIO
      Performance marketer. Primarily in leadership roles.
      NotALifermore
      OP
      I can see what you’re saying tho. I wrote the subject line in a way to get people to read and respond. So I can’t get upset about responses ;)
      Mar 14
  • New sparked
    Are your responsibilities any different? Or is the same job with a different title?
    Mar 143
    • New / Mktg
      NotALifer

      NewMktg

      PRE
      Amazon, Expedia
      BIO
      Performance marketer. Primarily in leadership roles.
      NotALifermore
      OP
      Big increase in responsibility, lots more work.
      Mar 14
    • New sparked
      Then I’d say something; unless you are on a direct path to TC town you just got fucked
      Mar 14
    • New / Mktg
      NotALifer

      NewMktg

      PRE
      Amazon, Expedia
      BIO
      Performance marketer. Primarily in leadership roles.
      NotALifermore
      OP
      Thanks, there’s also another comment about it being more than 6% of additional work. Very helpful!
      Mar 14
  • eBay abababbb
    The compensation seems very low for a director independently from the raise number. Don’t u think?
    Mar 141
    • Homeaway ppMg64
      I was about to say that
      Mar 14
  • Mode DvVM00
    who cares. you got the title now shop around
    Mar 140
  • Homeaway ppMg64
    What’s the new TC for a Director? And in which city?
    Mar 142
    • New / Mktg
      NotALifer

      NewMktg

      PRE
      Amazon, Expedia
      BIO
      Performance marketer. Primarily in leadership roles.
      NotALifermore
      OP
      Edit for more details above after reading your reply:
      Based in Seattle metro are
      New comp: $152k + 20% bonus
      Many new additional responsibilities
      Received a 4% raise for merit/cost of living preceeding this, but executed at same time.
      Mar 14
    • Citibank ic0n0clast
      Seems a bit low tbh. Directors should be 180 200
      Mar 14
  • Cloudera OuTy87
    What is merit/ cost of living increase, did you recently move or is it more comp for being in a fancier role? If yes, does that not count as promotion TC?
    Mar 151
    • New / Mktg
      NotALifer

      NewMktg

      PRE
      Amazon, Expedia
      BIO
      Performance marketer. Primarily in leadership roles.
      NotALifermore
      OP
      End of year they do performance evaluation to determine raises for everyone in the company. They consider this a merit raise. A lot of people would call it a cost of living raise I think. So they basically formalized that and the promotion at the same time since they both occurred close together.
      Mar 16
  • Facebook FVYD84
    Yeah. COL increase is like 3-5%, right?
    Mar 141
    • New / Mktg
      NotALifer

      NewMktg

      PRE
      Amazon, Expedia
      BIO
      Performance marketer. Primarily in leadership roles.
      NotALifermore
      OP
      Got a 4% COL increase w this.
      Mar 14

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