If I got only a small raise this time around and I am being paid less than my peers, is that a sign that I am being softly pushed out or that I should be looking for another job?

Layoffs already happened and I was not on the chopping block but I can’t imagine they’d give me such an insulting raise if they wanted to keep me around…

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After a few months you haven’t worked long enough to get a meaningful assessment of your performance. Your raise has nothing to do with your performance or whether they want you to stay. They’re probably just marking you to market for the salary they’d pay a new hire next year.

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Wow. So many overreactions.

Here’s what happens in your review session when you’ve only been with a firm for a few months:
Counselor - “this person is staffed and doing good work. They’ve been here a few months”

Reviewers - “great, let’s move on to high and low performers”

You get the standard raise, pro-rated for the time that you’ve been with the firm. It’s not a reflection of you, an indication of your value or the firms perspective on your actual performance. They just don’t have enough data points so they take the default path.

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Any raise after only being there a few months is good. You were hired at a salary you were happy with (I assume). You shouldn’t then expect a big raise a few months later.

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There’s a near 100% chance everyone of your peers makes less or more than you do and your raise may not have anything to do with you.

It may have everything to do with external factors you cannot control.

Relax, but never hurts to start looking if you’re not happy.

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Quiet firing is real

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C1, it always matters...

It just means you barely earn your keep in your leadership's view . Good enough to not fire - but not great enough to deserve special treatment . That's where most people fit in the bell curve

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You're not exactly being pushed out, but you're not viewed as being worth working to retain. They probably think you're average at best. You could turn that around if you work for it. But if you were to leave instead to try your luck elsehwere, you probably would not be missed.

Oh, the few months is an important detail. You got a small raise because you have an insufficient track record and fewer advocates. It is very unlikely they're trying to force you out softly with not even a year of time there.

Don't go back to your old job. You left there for reasons that are unlikely to have changed much in the few months you have been gone, so you will just be looking for the door again soon enough.

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I would say regardless of whether they are pushing you out or not. It is crucial to keep your options open. Maybe it was a good sign that you didn't get layoff and that your company is using that as an excuse not to give you a substantial raise. Or they are just cheap. Either one, you should always be open to new opportunities.

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