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Currently making $75k, which is very low compared to my counterparts. However, in February I’m supposed to get a salary adjustment with my yearly review. I got a job offer for $120k-150k which I turned down cuz I want to stay at Adobe. How/when/should/can I use this to leverage a good salary adjustment in Feb?

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You should’ve used it now — an offer in hand is the best and only time to leverage it, not after.

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You wouldn’t have to share that, you could just say “Adobe gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse to stay”. For big companies it’s usually not that deep

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The best you can do is what I did years ago. Which is something to the effect of “I’ve good had conversations elsewhere, and while my heart lies here and this is where I want to be, I’d like to have a conversation about readjusting my compensation to align better with the market as whole. It’ll give me piece of mind know I’m valued at the place I really have an affinity for.” Something like that, don’t bring up the other offer specifically. As others said its kinda worthless. And for myself, it was recieved well that I wasn’t waving an offer in their face, but maye tech is a little different than ad agencies. If they can’t give you a raise right away, ask for a road map on how to get there- it’ll make both parties accountable. This all assuming your in pretty good standing with your team, HR etc. Good luck!!

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I know AIGA had a survey out there with an excel sheet for design salaries, I’d give it a read and bring some numbers with you when you have this talk. Offers aside, it’ll show you understand the landscape and your worth

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You should have used it to leverage a better salary when you got the offer and you should have seen if they were willing to match the offer to keep you.

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