TLDR: I think I deserve a big raise for my skills, but I've only been in this company since 1.5 years ago.
I studied to become a mecatronic engineer. After 5 years in a first company, I spent 3 years as a self-employed consultant. I joined this new company (selling Engineer services to the pharmaceutical industry) in 2020.
The salary I asked for was, according to my company, near the limit between junior and the next level. I also had no previous experience in the pharmaceutical industry nor in this particular field.
After 1 year comes my first performance review. My manager tells me that I overachieved on all expected goals, that our main customer specifically recommended me to keep on working with them. I was also nominated for some internal awards in my company, and I got a bonus of 1/3 of a months wage.
Seeing that everybody seems to be happy with my skills, I asked my manager about an eventual future meeting to negotiate a raise, I suspect my salary to be at best near the median.
At this point he seemed taken aback, told me to schedule a meeting for 5 months later, that it could only affect my salary after the first of January 2022, (so a total of 10 months later), that I should expect a raise between 1% and 3%, and that I should not forget that I am also getting compensation ('Spesen' in German) for travelling to the customer.
This left me wondering about a few questions:
- Is this correct of my manager to talk about travel compensation when discussing a raise?
- I was expecting a bigger 'exceptional' raise of 6-10% to align my salary to the one of other well-performing people, since I proved I can do a good job in this field and the fact that I have 8 years of experience in another (kind of related) industry.
- Since my manager brought those numbers up before I could set my expectations, is it even worth mentioning when I get my meeting with him?
- How to bring up the fact, that I would be open to let this raise on the side for now if I can get more responsibilities/better title in order to justify a raise later on?
And more importantly:
- Am I trying to go too fast?
Addendum : We are now 6 months later, I'm still in the same company. After insisting and keeping up improving work processes, I gained a 5% raise, and will be more involved in the 'management side of things' in the future, to prepare me for one day take on higher positions.