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Is it appropriate to ask for a raise?

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So I started this new job a couple of weeks ago.  It's wonderful and I love it so far for the most part.  I am doing my job so well, and quickly, that they have now made me the web master of their website.  I took a class today about web design, and now on top of my other responsibilites that I was hired for, I will be maintaning the website also. 

Now, for this I feel like I should have been offered more money, but since I have only been here for a couple weeks, I don't think that I should this early.  There is a 90 day probation period, and I don't know if I should wait until that is over or what.

What do you all think, do you think it's okay to ask, and if so, how do I go about doing that?

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I assume that they will do a review at the 90 day probationary period.  I think that would be the most appropriate time to bring up a raise.  That way it's not like you're beating down the boss's door asking for money, but you also do have a valid point that you should earn a little more for the added responsibility.

I would wait until the probation period is up. Then I would ask to meet with your supervisor/boss/whoever hired you - and ask them. Outline the additional duties, demonstrate that you have mastered them, and ask nicely.

If they don't give you more money, be prepared to decide if you will stay on, or seek employment elsewhere.

Hopefully they plan to sit down with you at the end of 90 days and let you know how they think you are diong.  That would be a good time to bring up the added responsibilities you have taken on, and discuss pay then.  Not before. 

If they don't plan to sit you down, then request it - let them know you want to know how you are doing and get feedback.

In my experience, at the end of the 90 days they usually give a raise anyway, so hang on until the time is up and inquire about more wages.  If they plan to give you a bit more anyway, cool beans.  If not, maybe they'll find reason to while reviewing your work.

HR person here. All companies are different and have different things that are OK and not OK. Let me tell you MY boundaries which are not out of line for most normal, non crazy companies:

If you pay me $X to do a job and then give me new duties, you should pay me $X PLUS MORE MONEY. This is not out of line. Why people are afraid to ask for more money is beyond me.

Would you go to the grocery store for milk then decide you also want cereal and only pay for the milk since hey, that's the original reason you went to the store? I hope not!

Ok now I know there is reality and that is we don't want to lose our jobs. If you're worried about the 90 days, then wait for that. The fact of the matter is still they are getting more work out of you than you originally signed up for. 90 days is three months. If you make $20/hour and ask for a $3 raise, that's $120 a week. Over three months that's $1920.

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't expect someone to just give me $1920 for no good reason, and that's what they are asking of you.

Another HR person here. I agree with Spirochete that all companies are different. I'd like to stress how important it is that you size up your company before you ask for more money.

In our culture, a request for more money so soon after starting would be met with a resounding "no, and we're offended that you've asked." We expect people to come in and grow with their jobs, and no one gets a raise who has worked here less than 9 months.

If you ask too early, you might get labeled as someone who is all about the money and not about the work. I agree that if your duties have changed they probably owe you more than you were hired for, but be very careful, particularly if your request would have you making more than others who have been there longer.

I guess my bottom line is to keep doing your excellent work, but get a much better sense of the work culture (and your place in it) before asking for a raise.

Good luck!
Thanks for all the info everyone!  It's a family owned business, but they do make a very good profit off of what they do.  Sadly, and very unfortunately they had a death in the family yesterday, and this morning I was dumped on with work (which was fine, I'm very happy to help out in a time of need) but I am really hoping that since I am practically running the place today and tomorrow (because since it's a family owned business they are all going out of town) that they will realize I am a valuable asset to the company and at my 90 days, I will feel more comftorable since I helped out so much to ask for a raise.  We will see. 

Well yeah, I don't think I'd be waiting for them to return from the funeral to hit them up for a raise. Family owned businesses are far more tricky with things because everything is equally personal as it is a business decision.

Good luck! Stay positive and work hard as you are, they'll give you that raise :)

Just one little thing to add...

Don't just hope that they will notice how hard you are working. Keep a running list of the duties you have picked up in addition to your original duties. Also make notes of times when you have stepped in to help out or shown initiative. You'll want to be armed with that information when you go in for your job review.

We tend to assume that hard work will be rewarded, but that isn't always the case. I actually hand my list over to my boss (after I've polished it up a bit) when it is time for my annual review, and he seems to appreciate it. It makes it easier for him to write the review.

Always ask for a raise, the worst thing that can happen is you don't get one.  No one, to my knowledge, has ever been fired for asking for more money.  Worst case scenario is you keep the same salary you have now, so there is no where to go but up.

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