My situation is kind of similar to this post. This Post
I have been with my current company for almost 5 years now. In my first three years I used to get raises every 6 months. (not to mention that my starting salary was veeeeeery low and those bumps brought my salary to norm, may be a little bit above it.)
Now my company has frozen raises and hires for almost two years now, my manager and company president always compliment me on my high performance, my ethics and my hard work, however although Im very grateful for my job (because almost everyone in my town are jobless now!) but it sometimes bothers me that my friends now get 30~40% more than me. I am looking for a new position, however what are reasonable alternatives that I can ask for in my next performance review?
- I am thinking of extra paid vacation days (but I really dont like this, I prefer cash money in my pocket! ;-) ),
- Maybe they give me company shares instead of a jump in the salary (so my hard work will pay off when the economy picks up again),
- Maybe ask for a bigger severance package in case they decided to lay off me? (which I really don't think happening unless the whole company goes down, at least this gives ma sense of security that if the ship sank I will not drown)
What are the other reasonable options? I offered the option 1 to my manager in my last performance review but after six months he has not given me a definite answer and every time I try to lead the conversation to financial stuff he dodges the bullet.