I've been working at my job for over 2 years. I was originally hired as a full time receptionist at $10/hr. (job description: answer phone, send out invoices).
I was told that after 6 months I would receive my performance review and possibly a raise (which I understood), and I have yet to receive a review ever. After being here for 2 years now, I do so much more than just receptionist duties, so much so that I'm essentially the office manager.
After I had been with this company for about 1.5 years, we were bought out by a much bigger/larger company that would take over payroll and eventually we would switch over to their policies. I was able to have a meeting with our new HR team, where they informed me that someone at our head office opted out of the yearly reviews because "we had recently done them".
After speaking with coworkers, I learned that no one had gotten a raise or a review. Some hadn't gotten either in 4+ years but were loyal to the company. Now at about 2 years of employment, 2 other coworkers have quit in the same month because they asked for reviews and raises and were denied (after fairly big promotions). I'm ready to speak to our new HR department, but I'm not sure if there is something more that needs to happen before I start requesting a raise. (I have also asked our HR and my direct supervisor, but it all goes back to our one and only HR person, and she's the one refusing).
Is this also something I should maybe file as unethical with our new parent company?
I'm not only worried about myself, but also my coworkers who have become my friends and some are very close family friends. I've updated my resume and started looking for other jobs, but with my health issues I'm unable to quit and look because health insurance is a big need for me.