I just received my first paycheck after my company's annual merit based raises went out this year. A few months ago we did self evaluations and had reviews with our supervisors to discuss them. These reviews/evaluations directly related to how much of a raise we would get. My review was glowing. Not a single point was brought up against me in any capacity and my "addition to the company has greatly improved the efficiency of the team and the global studio as a whole."
This was reflected, however, in a very small raise.
For a little background, I work for a company that has 3 large locations globally, 2 of which are in the US. I am the only person in my position at my location, but our department (software) frequently works closely with the other offices since company software is something of a global effort. After speaking with my colleagues in my position in the other office, I found out that I am not only the most senior person in this role, I am also the least paid (and I happen to be living in the location that has a higher cost of living).
I thought if the raises had some sort of cap, or if there was a reason why my raise was so low, it would be justifiable. But given the facts, this seems to be an issue that I should bring up to my supervisor. I'm just not sure how to bring it up in a way that doesn't seem ungrateful for the raise that was already given, etc. How does one start this type of conversation without seeming too aggressive? Or is aggressive what I should go for? Should we just talk about it and see where the chips fall, or should I be giving a hard number?
Maybe 'aggressive' is poor word choice. I just feel like I am underappreciated now given the circumstances.
More background: this is my first "real" job and I've only ever had salary discussions during the hiring process for this same job.