By MeanGina - 20/02/2013 06:33 - United States - Cookeville
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Hello, OP here. Sorry I was a little ambiguous. To clarify, I mean a $2/hour raise. I didn't even think about how they handle salaries in other countries. Sorry. Second, this was a department wide raise, not specific to me, so my performance had nothing to do with it. I think the final bit of contention was why would I move across state for less than a $2/hr raise. Well, I'm desperate, for one, and it was around a $1.50/hr raise. Also, most of my family lives in the area that I am moving to, so I figured if I kept having financial problems I at least wouldn't end up homeless. I'm at the point where I just don't have enough to pay my bills (which are mainly student loans), so I just had to get more income... What makes it even worse is that if I had been able to stay, I would have been eligible for a $3/hr raise after a few months...for a total of $5 more an hour than I make now. No such luck at the new place. And I *did* discuss this move with the company, the raise was passed down directly from the top of the company and my boss knew nothing about it until a week before I was set to transfer. I couldn't back out because I had already officially accepted the new position. So yeah, FML.
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28, Outside of usa *monthly* wages are common, so $2 raise would mean you get extra $2 per month. Aside from that it is important how much $2 is compared to your current salary. I mean if you're already getting paid $50 per hour, extra $2 per hour wouldn't look very attractive (4% increase). However, if you're getting $5 per hour, then extra $2 per hour will be a lot (40% increase).
35 - Did you just try and justify a monthly wage argument with an hourly wage explanation? I know outside the US it is common, but come on, I hardly see an FML over a monthly raise of $2 and the new job being less than that. Plus who would move across a state or a country or even a city for one extra dollar a month? It makes no sense.
35 - Do the math on that one. At 50/hr, a 2$ raise is $4160 a year, $347 a month. and $173 per biweekly paycheck IN ADDITION to your paycheck. It's the same for someone making 5/hr who gets a 2$ raise. It's the same amount of money either way, so it can't be more substantial in one case or another.
So you decided to move across the country for a less than a 2$ raise? That's stupid
Just quit your new job and then go back and work for the old one. It's not too complicated sweetie.
From what info you gave, I'm assuming YDI for not talking to your current company about your plan first before deciding to move to the other job. If they gave you the raise now, they'd definitely have told to stay and raised your pay right there, and if they didn't, you'd leave without guilt. And to people saying "it's obvious it's $2 per hour", no, it's not that obvious to everybody. Stop assuming everything works like the US everywhere - there are countries were we never measure payments and raises by the hour, but by the month or sometimes, more rarely, by week or day. People aren't stupid just because they might not know how it is in the US. You are stupid if you think they are.
No one is assuming everything works like the US. But you are stupid to think someone would be upset over losing 2 dollars a month or year. Common sense would dictate that if they wrote the FML then its by the hour. Otherwise I doubt they would have the money to spend on things like a computer or cell phone in which to post an FML.
@#26 "Common sense" in this case changes depending on your location. If my friend told me they received a $2.00 raise, I'd assume it was hourly as we are in Canada. If my cousin said that, I would CLARIFY as he is in a third world country and would most definitely be thrilled with an extra $2.00 a month! My cousin can still access computers and the Internet at certain public locations (libraries, school, etc.) We are fortunate enough to live in first world nations; millions of people are not.
What people need here, is not a world economy lesson, but a lesson on how to read an FML properly. It clearly states the OP resides in Tennessee, United States. Assuming is the mother of all mistakes when not given enough information but the information, namely the location of the OP is clearly given.
I think the point 21 is making is that for example, I'm from England and I had no idea Americans were paid hourly as a general rule of thumb. Non-Americans do not know everything about how Americans live their lives. It's pretty arrogant to think we all know how Americans are paid. We don't. I did have to think for a second, 'did OP mean hourly, monthly or yearly', but obviously due to common sense I figured it was hourly.