I'm new in the tech world (2 years of experience). In earlier jobs, there was no possibility of a salary review but in my current company, it is possible to receive a raise.

I don't know if it's too early to ask for that because they gave me a review and a raise last year. I don't even know if it's appropriate for me to ask cause I don't know if they really have a policy of an annual review or the earlier raise was just an extraordinary thing.

My development in these two years was good, I delivered all tasks assigned on time and received good comments in all of the code reviews. For context, the company is based in southern Europe.

My question is: it's appropriate for me to ask for a review this year? or should I just wait for them to give me a new one?

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    Are you asking if waiting two years is long enough to ask for an annual review? If you have been there for two years, wouldn’t you have already had at least one annual review, with another review either due very soon or was recently accomplished?
    – Donald
    Jan 15, 2020 at 13:21
  • I had a review last year, i ask if it's appropiate for me to ask for a review this year or if i should just wait for them to give me a new one. I will edit the question and try to say that better
    – user101611
    Jan 15, 2020 at 13:29
  • When last year? December, June, January? If your company does yearly annual reviews, you can ask for a review, every year. If it’s been a month since your last review, I wouldn’t ask for a review, it hasn’t been a year.
    – Donald
    Jan 15, 2020 at 13:39

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I think you should get this cleared first if they have an annual performance review or not. You should contact the HR of the company to get clarity on the same.

it's appropiate for me to ask for a review this year?

Yes, absolutely yes! If you're working so hard and if the company has a review policy then why not? Why not ask for what you deserve?

or should i just wait for them to give me a new one?

Most companies have a fixed cycle for annual reviews. After confirming if they have an existing policy, you should wait for at least 12 months before expecting a raise.

Now assuming they don't have a policy yet, I would suggest you to wait for a full 12 months after your last raise, and then set up a meeting with your boss/HR and convey your increment desire in that meeting.

  • I edited to remove code markdown because it causes accessibility issues (screen readers treat it differently). Hopefully the replacement formatting I used still gets across the same idea, but if not, feel free to edit it again.
    – Kat
    Jan 15, 2020 at 23:33
  • "If you're working so hard and if the company has a review policy then why not? Why not ask for what you deserve?" It has been my experience that salaries are not a reward for hard work, and more a reflection on capability and need for the role. Maybe asking for a bonus would be more appropriate. Jan 16, 2020 at 0:28
  • @GregoryCurrie Bonus would be one time, salary increment is permanent.
    – NoneDB
    Jan 16, 2020 at 11:59
  • @Zoinks Exactly. Why would you get an ongoing "reward" for a single years hard work? My point is, if you go into the meeting thinking you "deserve" a raise based on hard-work, it's not likely to be a good outcome. Far better to go into that meeting and show how capability has improved. Jan 16, 2020 at 12:42
  • @GregoryCurrie Annual appraisals are also reward for past year hard work... Why shouldn't one get them?
    – NoneDB
    Jan 16, 2020 at 12:44


A salary review every year (or even every 6 months at some places) is not unusual in most jobs (at least the ones I've been at).

Obviously your job doesn't have this structure, but I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for a review after 12 months since your last.

Just set up a meeting with your boss and discuss all your achievements over the last 12 months (ensure you have good examples to back you up). If you have objectives in the company - even better! You can say how you have met your objectives. If not, I'd suggest asking for some, both short and long term. They may not give you a raise, but that's fine too. In a lot of places you don't get if you don't ask, but asking what targets/objectives you need to hit in, say, 6 months in order to be considered for one is a good course of action in that case.

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