I've accepted a potentially long term position that has the intentions of me filling a leaving persons position in roughly 3-5 years. There is specialized training and the company is willing to invest in me (to my understanding with questions I've asked).
The pay is currently low for an engineering position but I have a set number in my head that I want to be making in 3 years.
Should I :
Inform the employer now that I'm expecting that type of pay (a "real" engineer's salary) in 3 year
Or wait for the time to come and give them the ultimatum of increase pay or I'm leaving?
I understanding being upfront with employers can be a risky situation. But I feel that option 2 may burn bridges and leave a bad taste in the employers mouth because I would essentially be backing them into a corner that they'd have no choice but to accept.
The increase wouldn't be anything substantial like $50,000, but it would be a pay increase.
The group that runs the company does notice dedication and give back to loyal employees, but they are to the core business men and the overall pay scale for the company is low among all positions (Labor to maintenance, but haven't spoken to many engineers because I don't discuss pay. I've only heard other maintenance and laborers complain about pay).