I work at a university. Every year, the university decides what % raises each department will be able to give on average (usually ranging from 0% to 3%). The department decides whether or not to top up. Sometime in the summer raises are determined (initially we all got COL raises that exactly matched inflation, then we got 0 raises because recession, now there’s a seriously awful “merit” formula that makes no sense). In any case, raises are determined at exactly the same time each year and we know when to expect them. We don’t have to talk to anybody to get them, they just happen. (Though complaining about equity at step increases such as promotions might help.)
We can get out of cycle raises by getting outside job offers.
My DH is working a real job right now. We have no idea how raises are supposed to work. He was going to ask at his annual review, but unfortunately his annual review got cut short (to about 10 min) because there were delays and it got pushed up right to his flight time.
He doesn’t know, is he supposed to ask? Is he supposed to make a case? Is there an automatic COL increase? Does he only get raises when there’s an outside offer? We don’t know. So he’s asking. He doesn’t want to ask, but he will at some point because without cost-of-living increases, one’s real salary erodes. (Plus the company is doing well, partly because of his efforts!)
In the mean time, that got me curious, how does it work most places?
How does it work for our readers? Are raises automatic? Are they tied to something? Do you have to ask about them? Do they happen annually?
How do you get your raises?