My boss came to town to go over my annual review. All went really well, he's happy with my performance, so no worries there. My company has gone super cheap though. I mean, they were penny wise and pound foolish to begin, but after our near bankruptcy a couple years ago, it's been rough for everyone who isn't a VP.
We no longer get cost of living adjustments. We no longer get performance or merit raises. We get a standard 2% increase if we get a "passing grade" on our reviews. Let me tell you, it's really depressing knowing that I'll never really get anywhere at this rate...I'm falling a percent and a half every year! They've screwed me before. They've doubled my work load twice now (I was basically 6 managers for the price of one last year...after pitching a fit last year, I'm only two or three for one) and given me nothing in return for compensation besides a pat on the head and a reminder to just be grateful I have a job. Yes, it's a crappy company.
So we talked about career pathing. Basically, I want to move up to make more money and as my manager, it's his job to help me get there...in a way. I asked him to level with me though.......and he did.........and it sucked!
My next logical step within the company is to be a District Manager of an Airport or of larger territory than I currently run. The starting pay is between $60 and $70K.
Me: Would they pay me the appropriate starting wage or would they just bump my pay a little?
Boss: They'd probably bump you up the max.
Me: Is the max 50%?
Boss: No, it's closer to 10%.
Me: Really? 10% is just over 4 grand!
Boss: Right, and you'd have to fight for that.
Me: They'd bring someone on from the street at $70K.
Boss: That's the rub, the internal candidate always gets screwed.
Me: Then why would anyone stay?
Me: They couldn't really expect me to take on a whole new responsibility AND relocate my family for $45K.
Boss: Maybe you should look at lateral moves to bigger cities to build up your base first. Or go to a poorly performing city and turn it around. Get noticed more and then have them come after you.
Me: Basically, work for the same pay or slightly higher in hopes I don't get stuck in some wretched city that they'd never let me leave because it was hard enough to fill in the first place?
Boss: Just throwing out ideas.
Me: Not feeling very confident right now.
Having a boss who is open and honest with you is a good thing but sometimes that candor comes at a price.
I am not loving my job right now. I'm definitely hating my company right now. I need to come up with more money to support my family. I also need to come up with more money to go back to school and get out of this hell.