Thanks for coming to meet with me, Jennifer.
Thank you, Michelle. You said you wanted to talk about the revisions to the new pay grades. Sounds like mine might be changing based on your email.
I thought it would be best if we spoke in person. Let me start by saying that you are a highly valued employee here. We appreciate your contributions. Your performance reviews are always the top of our range. We admire your work, me and the team. You know that.
I do know that. But I brought you documentations of my project deliverables and assessments from the last two years in case you needed them to justify anything.
I truly appreciate that, Jennifer. However, this is the reality. They've decided to cap the salary for your pay grade. And you won't be seeing a raise this year. I know you're top project manager and your deliverables are first rate. It's just that you're already making 25 percent more than the top of your pay grade. And the company feels they needed to cap the salary. I have to say, I'm partly to blame. I kept fighting for your pay increases even though I knew we were out of our range. We want to pay you more; it's just that we've hit our limit.
So you're saying that I won't get a raise even though I do this kind of work?
I know it's frustrating to hear. But let me ask you, Do you like working here?
I do, but I think I should be fairly compensated for the work I do. You know I could go somewhere else and get more money than you're paying me.
I did put together some numbers of what the average salary is for your position. As you can see, we are just above the top pay scale in our market. It's possible you could find higher pay in larger markets like New York or San Francisco. Do you really want to move?
I don't wanna move. I think that I could get more here locally. I've been doing my own research, and I think I could easily make 15 percent or more than I'm getting here.
I know you'd want to do your homework; you want to have your facts straight. You've been working here for six years, and you told me you like working here. If you find a position in another company, you may make more money, but the environment may not be the same. So, say, you're making 15 percent more, but you don't enjoy working there as much.
I just don't wanna work somewhere where I've hit the top of my pay scale.
I understand. I might feel the same. But I do hope you make the choice to stay. We could offer you a cost-of-living increase each year. I know it's not the percentage that you're used to, but it would add a little bit to your paycheck. And maybe we can schedule a time to discuss your career here. If salary is important right now, maybe we can discuss career options that would allow for an increase? What do you think?
I don't know. I have a lot to think over.
Do you have any other questions or concerns you want to talk about right now?
I appreciate you being straight with me, Michelle. I know that you fought for me. I have to think about it. I'll let you know.
We want to keep you on here, Jennifer. You're a fantastic worker, and we appreciate everything you do. If we plan to meet a week from now, would that work for you? I'll send an invite.
That should be enough time. Thank you, Michelle.