I recently attempted to initiate a salary discussion with my immediate boss (Director of IT); however, he said that now was "not a good time" because the project I'm on is "having issues" and we need to make headway before he can talk to our CEO about raising my salary.
This troubled me, because the only reason our project is having issues is due to the direct meddling of the CEO and other department heads. From my perspective, I have:
- Been commended on project management and communication skills
- Received praise for utilizing best and modern practices
- For each decision that would impact a deadline or increase technical debt, I raised the appropriate red flags
I've been told that we can reassess in 3 to 6 months, but it's clear that he's biding time for the project to hopefully turn itself around. I can't help but feel like this is a carrot on a stick to get me to make up for the dead weight / slack caused by other party's decisions that I don't have the power to veto.
What arguments can I make to force the issue? I really don't like the idea that my performance doesn't matter, rather the ultimate success of the project I'm on (despite not having control of its direction) does.
To be clear, I have been told in not unclear terms that I am performing well above my current title's expectations. I receive praise and commendations for my work, work ethic, and efficiency frequently.