I’ve been at the company I’m working at for two years as an IT project manager. I didn’t negotiate my first salary offer (mistake #1) because I was thrilled about the opportunity. However, I have been their top performer and a super star the past two years where they gave me retention bonuses on top of my actual bonus as well as the top merit annual increase I can get for above achievement. However since this January, they gave me a new direct report who is a lemon (very difficult to work with) and I also got my designation. My work and performance is still the same and even better.
I had a discussion with my VP looking for a growth plan and that I’m interested in more challenges and responsibilities as well as wanting to bring in more value to the company and her team. At the end of the conversation I asked if looking at compensation is also an option since I still have 20% room to grow in my current level that I am at. She mentioned not to make this or my career path about money which I was disappointed to hear because I took on so much responsibilities, I’m always over capacity and delivering their project on the team as well taking on more to show my potential. This didn’t sit well with me. Because I’m still asking for mor challenges and I’m doing amazing and I know that. A man will not hear this if he asked for more money, heck I think he probably would’ve gotten in since we already have the gender pay gap issue. What are your thoughts on this?
What would a HVW do in this case? Btw, two of the vendors I’m working with on projects have actually asked me personally if I’m open to other opportunities with them because they love my way of work and how I’m excellent at what I do. (My employer doesn’t know this but I did mention to the vendors that I’m open to opportunities internally and externally).
Happy to hear any advice on this and what do you think? My VPs comment made me feel guilty for asking for what I deserve but it’s not fair for me to keep taking on more responsibilities and get more burnt out with no rewards. I think that’s slavery at this point lol.