salary

can I leverage a job offer for a raise at my current job?

A reader writes: I know that under normal circumstances, it’s possible and even savvy to use a new job offer to leverage a raise out of a current employer. But is it smart to do that during a pandemic? I work for a large-ish company that has had layoffs and furloughs due to COVID-19. The […]

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when you can’t get a raise but might get the whole business

A reader writes: I’m writing on behalf of my cousin. She is a college student who works for a couple who owns a small business. She has worked for them for six years, helped transition them from brick-and-mortar to completely online, built their website, designed their logos, and created/managed/grown their social media accounts across various […]

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company said they’d base my job offer on my current salary

A reader writes: After a lot of hard work and preparation, the company I have been interviewing with called me today to let me know they wanted to make an offer! This job would be a significant jump for me in terms of both seniority and responsibility, and normally I would be thrilled and probably […]

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my employee asked for a 170% raise

A reader writes: I am a new manager, and one of my reports has asked for a massive raise. He has good reasons for wanting a raise: his responsibilities have ended up being very different than what he was originally hired for, he’s been doing very well with them, and he’s definitely paid below market […]

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is my boss taking advantage of the pandemic?

A reader writes: I work for a small company (less than 25 staff). Like many companies, they slashed everyone’s salary by 30% at the beginning of this pandemic and laid off a few people. They’ve said that hopefully get things back to normal as soon as possible, and our pays would return to normal. A […]

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we’re being asked to choose our own pay cuts

A reader writes: In the wake of COVID-19, my large company has been told that “tough decisions” are ahead, and that they would first start by asking us to to take voluntary pay cuts. The more of a pay cut that everyone takes, the fewer people will need to be laid off. Here’s the catch […]

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