I was chosen to do a graphic design internship for 3 months without the possibility of being kept permanent. I admit, when i started, it took me some time to get used to things but by the third month, everything was already second nature to me.
I was started at 10$ an hour and was grateful that i was getting a paid internship. They then decided to keep me full time and right then and there, i asked them if there was going to be some type of pay raise, since the other designers were getting at least 16$ an hour, with one of the designers going the same path i did (school, first job out of school, minus the internship).
I was denied a raise and was and was told i wasnt eligible for a raise because they usually do that during their yearly reviews. But i was given full time benefits. Which means they will be taking more out of my check and i will be receiving even less money for the work that i am doing. For a place that solely depends on their Graphic Designers to prep artwork for the customers and also the company, i feel like I am getting low balled or being treated unfairly compared to the other designers. I may not be as skilled as they are but i still believe i should get paid more especially if i went to school for this skill.
Ive just been growing more and more frustrated because they continue to hire new people and make renovations around the company but still leave us in the dark about our wages. It took the, 2 weeks to finally reply back about my pay after i had asked again.
Just not sure what to do anymore. I feel like I've lost my passion to work because of it. Dont get me wrong, I'm grateful. I just feel like i should be more appreciated. Or maybe them not raising my pay is an indication on how much value i bring to this company, which makes me replaceable.
What should i do?