Dear Evil HR Lady,
This summer, I changed jobs, from selling artwork on cruise ships to selling IT managed services. The new company gave me an offer, and (this was my mistake) I accepted it. At the time, it was more money than I made two jobs ago, and while living on the ship, it was hard to calculate what my cruise ship income would translate to on land, so I thought the offer seemed fair. Now that I have rent, groceries, student loans, gas (and personal expenditures like restaurants and entertainment that are more frivolous), I am finding that I am actually making less now than I did at my cruise ship job, and I am starting to panic.
To make matters more confusing, my current pay structure is a base salary with a patch on top to make up for the fact that what I’m selling typically takes a long time to sell. However, starting in three months, that “patch” amount gets reduced by $300, then three months later by another $300. Those numbers will be significant cuts to me.
My company likes to retain its people, and I have already been told by a coworker and boss that my company would rather keep me than have me leave for another job simply to make more money…so I’m a little confused on what to do. Is it too late to mention that I’m realizing just now that I make less now than I used to? Do I wait until they are about to reduce my income patch and say I can’t live with a $300 decrease?
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