Monday, April 28, 2008

Update: rainy day/sniffly nose edition

It was an interesting weekend.

I'm really starting to hate not having reliable internet in my apartment, because I really don't have the time to blog during the week--but I don't have the capability to blog during the weekends.

A friend/coworker asked me point-blank (and then guess, right on the nose) how much money I make. She also revealed what she makes, which is basically the same. And she's been there three years. I've been there less than 18 months. This means less than it seems, since we do very different jobs but still. I imagine it got her goat a little bit. I on the other hand was both relieved and a little worried. Relieved because I realize that I am not that far behind in the game despite coming into publishing late. Worried because the company clearly doesn't reward longevity as I would have hoped.

Mostly though, I was glad that I've sort of reached the point with this coworker/friend that we can talk about things like that. I hate that there's such a stigma against discussing finances.

2 comments:

  1. I just posted about this. There is this stigma about talking about salaries, but in a way it is really freeing. I'm still not sure how I feel about talking about salaries with my coworker though. I've only ever talked to one about it, and he does the budget so he knows already. Although he did tell me I was getting a good raise before my bosses told me. That was pretty screwed up.

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  2. Since I'm friends with most of my co-workers and we're all at similar levels within our organization, sharing salary information isn't a big deal.

    However, when one friend/co-worker was passed over for a raise (she had been here less than a year full-time, but felt that her raise could have been pro-rated to accommodate that), it was a bit awkward when she found out how much I'd gotten. Disparities are always uncomfortable, no matter how chummy everyone is.

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