Of Reviews and Raises

  • kuroshiro

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    May 14, 2014 8:53 PM GMT
    I had my review with my district manager today and I walked away from the meeting with a slightly sour feeling in my stomach... part of which comes from what I was marked off on (unfairly) and the other was some comments made by my boss.

    The first section was "metrics". This is what I accomplished in the previous year and what makes up 60% of my performance rating. The very first topic pertained to shrink. Because I was floating around the district at the time, I was only given a 70% because I transitioned into a store right after they had inventory. The previous staff didn't meet the .50% goal and instead had .65%. My boss stated that this was the same for several other store managers and that it "just had to be dealt with". Ironic considering that sort of plays a role in the overall section grade.

    The second was the fact that during my initial "clean-up" of one of the trashed stores, we didn't make payroll. How far off I was, I wasn't sure... but part of this was due to the fact that I was sent help against my better judgement to clean up, thus I was missing my goal. My boss told me it was "fine" and that the "district" would make up for it. I wasn't able to comment back on this. So all in all for 9 months (the span of this review) I was awarded an 85% for missing one month... "apparently". Also ironic because my store has bailed out so many others over the course of a year.

    My overall evaluation for my Metrics: 91%.

    Now we transition into the competency portion of my review. It's a bit hard to explain without a lengthy response, but overall I received a 62%... I attempted to argue my case for some of the items she had labelled as "meets expectations" while emphasizing ones that she had as "exceeds expectations". I had one "needs improvement" which was a sort of eye roll for me because it fell into the category of dealing with associate HR issues and what not... which we are supposed to inform her of every little issue (which I do). I think she confuses me for others sometimes. But this sort of drove that portion down as a result. She put me in the middle of a bunch of categories where I could've squeaked over towards the better part.

    So all in all I ranked a 79.4%... which was the high end of the "Meets Expectations". She even quipped to me that I was so close to falling into the 80% of exceeds expectations category. Nothing like rubbing it in my face I guess.

    Now that transitions into my "raise". I was awarded (like everyone else from what she said) a 2% increase. This equates to $800... which broken down is roughly $31 per paycheck. I basically asked "why bother if I'll never see it?"... which is probably something I shouldn't have said. She suggested I roll it over into my 401K since it's pretax, but when it comes down to it the raise is a slap in the face.

    She then proceeds to tell me that the company is "actually paying me more than I should be making, but since they didn't notice, shhhh. I won't tell". I wasn't sure how to take that one, but I call bullshit (in my head) because of what my former district trainer told me regarding that.

    So is it even worth it to take a raise? I know some companies don't really do these anymore, but I pretty much hinge things on my bonus that I get for exceeding my sales goals and what not. Next year would probably net me another 2% but even then it probably wouldn't be worth it in the end.

    Am I wrong to say don't bother? :/
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    May 14, 2014 9:18 PM GMT
    Weren't you recently looking for a job? Lol

    When people say things like the raise is blahblah they're usually trying to make you be grateful or slander you surreptitiously - my experience.

    Lol take the money and be like - what a bitch. Find a new job
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    May 14, 2014 9:19 PM GMT
    From what I hear thats a lot of money for New Mexico :3
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    May 14, 2014 9:23 PM GMT
    I had a boss kinda like this but in order to stop me asking for a pay rise I was told at appraisal time - 'given our expectations of you were low you have performed adequately'

    If you want to move up the career ladder there then keep on with it. If its not worth the hassle maybe look for somewhere else to work.
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    May 14, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    I would say yes, you're wrong to say don't bother. It's a move towards keeping up with inflation and although it's not much, it is something and you do have a job. I received my first cost of living adjustment in 3 years this year. I'm no longer illegible for raises as I have peaked (happens when you're old).

    Her suggestion of rolling it into your 401K is a great idea. The more you can pack into that (up to the $17,500 limit), the sooner you'll be on easy street to retirement. Might seem a long way off at 28 but trust me, someone that has max'd his out for 15 years) it builds fast.

    Good luck and for next year, make sure anything you do is for the good of growth in your store. If the next manager needs help, let him/her find it somewhere else and focus only on your own store(s) bottom lines so that you beat expectations next year!
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    May 14, 2014 9:31 PM GMT
    You're in retail management, an industry that sucks. If your company is like many other retailers, your reviews, no matter how well you do, are always going to be somewhere in the "meets expectations" range. It's designed to keep you from getting a huge raise. For professional jobs, and it is a professional job because increasingly a 4 year degree is required, it is a lot of work, long hours, and never able to really leave it even when you are not there, always being on call or ready to figure out a problem from home. That describes a lot of professional jobs, however, in many other industries the trade off for putting up with it is some decent compensation. Take the raise because if you stay with the company it is likely to be similar to what you get in the future. Take this raise and look for another job in the meantime.
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    May 14, 2014 10:22 PM GMT
    I agree with the others, especially IceBlink. I worked for the University of California, which is essentially a government job. The up side is that profits and margins aren't much a part of the equation, just your performance. The down side is that since it's a government job it's hard to fire people and you have a lot of coworkers with flat brainwaves. The other up side is that their retirement packages are typically very good. Possible food for thought when you're looking at other potential employers.
  • AMoonHawk

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    May 14, 2014 10:27 PM GMT
    NO RAISE! NO CARE!

    Good luck to mgt raising their stats. You know they ain't firing anyone or laying anyone off because they have already cut staff to nothing.

    What every they say, just say, 'hmm, ok'. Then wish them luck on their review.
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    May 14, 2014 10:38 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidThe down side is that since it's a government job it's hard to fire people and you have a lot of coworkers with flat brainwaves.

    I find that changing as the private sector hiring sucks. Funny how government workers are all incompetent and on the lowest rung of the ladder until the private sector tanks and then they're overpaid, underworked and all the unemployed boys in town want their jobs!
  • kuroshiro

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    May 15, 2014 12:31 AM GMT
    Well what bothers me is the fact that we all got the same percentage raise across the board... even the stores that are shitholes with super poor results (who also get paid more).

    I have the cleanest store with the best sales increases/average ticket increase/scan margin/customer satisfaction surveys in the district and I rank in the top ten for the region. Our regional director was in town again and told my boss not to bother taking him to my store. His words to her was, "BJ's store is too clean. I want to see the crap stores." *pats self on back for that one*

    She also knows I want to move up, but the problem they'd have is me moving up to a higher position (area manager -- basically overseeing several other stores in addition to my own). Although I cleaned up two of the higher volume stores in the district, the transition wouldn't be a problem, I'd basically continue to hop around the district cleaning up the "shit hole" stores before I'd be considered... and that's if I can even get them to look at me.

    It's kind of a double-edged sword for me. My boss hardly visits me because I'm one of those managers that doesn't have to be nitpicked for things... and when I am it's usually for something stupid like having 11 items on a 12 item clip strip, for example.

    I'm still actively searching for a better (paying/rewarding) job, but it's still difficult. icon_razz.gif
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    May 15, 2014 1:10 AM GMT
    Problem is you're not giving grief for being undervalued :0 imo

    But, I never climb corporate ladders I just jump ship..

    This one already gave me a raise, several hundred dollars and base rate :0

    I dunno, if you say nothing expect nothing imo... if you speak still expect nothing but, at least you tried.
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    May 15, 2014 1:12 AM GMT
    Unless the job is fun/interesting... I've only stayed at one job for several years but, I'm 26 every job has progressively paid more though... however different from the prior.

    Job searching is usually stressful but, worth it :3