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Salary Hell: You Find Out Your Raise is Less Than What New Hires Are Being Paid - Should you Ask the Boss Why?


Carolanne 010aa

From Nubbinz:

So it has been awhile. I am currently keeping small children alive at a drop in daycare center in a gym.

However, I am feeling quite underappreciated by the boss lately...or actually stream of bosses.

Going on 3 years, 3 bosses, one temp boss.

1st boss was nice and I liked her however she got into an argument with a coworker over medical treatments and restrictions. Coworker went up the food chain and 1st boss was found to be WILDLY incompetent. 

Temp boss comes in to clean her mess while the search for a new person goes on. Under Temp boss I am given the authority to basically run the daycares hours. We had 7 people 3 quit. I pull 45 hour weeks to keep it covered. After new boss is hired I am thanked and given a gift card. People were hired so I did not have to kill myself covering things 

2nd boss is better. However it has been a year. Nubbinz knows there should be a performance review and raise. Nothing happens. Words were said and write ups were threatened. Pattern repeats with new boss over tiny things. 

Year 2 of work passes and 2nd boss is stepping down. Her last week she gives me a performance review I agree with and a raise that is double a yearly one. 

However, I had a chat with a friend who was briefly hired by 2nd boss right after she started. 2nd boss had given her a STARTING rate that was still higher than my raise. I have also overheard a conversation that I should not have heard that another coworker is also receiving higher since she started.

I am back and forth if I should ask what the f is up with this to new 3rd boss. All of us in the daycare have similar backgrounds. I have been working the longest and while I have had arguements my record is clean. I just want to know why it took me 2 years of working my butt off to get the same rate that my coworkers were given from the start. The consensus IRL is that if I ask I need to have another job on hand.

 --:/ Nubbinz 











Are you male or female? Is the cow-orker who got hired for more the opposite? Possibly favoritism / sexism. If you have documentation of the time you worked your ass off to cover losing half the people I'd take it to the new boss and ask why.

But yeah... any time you ask about a raise, you should have a replacement job in mind.


All of us is are female with fairly similar backgrounds and between 20 and 35. Until 3rd boss all of the bosses were also female. 2nd boss actually started off in the daycare with me.


Also the two numbers I am aware of are inconsistent. One is nearly a dollar more an hour and the other is 50 cents

McHell Manager

I would honestly ask the boss. Walk in there with facts ready, with confidence that way they can't say "Well you don't seem sure that Co-worker #1 is getting more..." and if they cannot supply you with an answer, you might have to challenge them to the whole "Either give me a raise, or I walk" thing. They may take that challenge to heart, but if they do, do you really want to be working there?

This is sort of happening to my husband. The Board where he works did not approve merit raises (just cost of living raises) despite his absolute glowing recommendation from everyone. He ended up talking to the CEO about it and when the CEO found out he was a pay grade 2 doing the work of a pay grade 5, his jaw dropped to the floor.


I dunno what more to tell you, but do wish you good luck.

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