I work for a small (~80 person) design agency in a major metro area on the West Coast. The initial compensation offered was average at best, as compared to similar jobs in the area with the same skills and experience level. But I accepted the offer, along with a verbal promise to review performance after 6 months and adjust compensation accordingly.
At 6 months, I got a cursory review that was mostly positive, but there was no increase in pay. The response I got was "we're re-organizing the entire company structure and will deal with salaries later." Later never came.
Now I've been there almost 2 years and just had a more formal and comprehensive review, including peer reviews. Both my boss and my peers rated me highly, with very positive comments. There were only two minor suggestions for improvement, and peers noted that I had already started improving in those areas.
While I was (finally) given a raise, it feels meager (~2.5%) considering the positive review and my tenure at the job. I like the company and the people and really don't want to leave. But I'm also a bit introverted and non-confrontational so I'm not sure if or how I can do anything. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
My question is "What can I do to stay at the company but feel I'm being paid fairly?"