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Is there any way to secure a pay raise besides threatening to leave for a better offer? I tried to talk to my manager and he said “maybe at this time next year”, but suddenly after giving my notice the raise became possible now. I just feel bitter and want to leave anyways.

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Maybe it has something to do with your negotiation skills?

Yes. Create a time on the manager’s calendar and come prepared - your achievements, your progress, market rates, and your worth. Don’t leave it to be increased by just inflation. If all fails, threaten to quit with another offer in hand. And if they’re throwing money at you at this point, you know they could’ve easily extended when you asked for it. Personally, I would quit at this point.

I mean, seems like it worked fantastically for you, but, yes, there are other ways like coming to your manager with comps. It just depends on your manager, how much they want to keep you, and the company's finances ultimately.

First let them agree that it is great what you achieved for the company. When the payment discussed, explain that a fair pay for your high performance is a sign of mutual respect. When you are paid fairly, your motivation will stay high and you won't be incentivized by other job offers. If then a no would follow, they would tell you that they won't give you the respect that you earned, which would be pretty uncomfortable for them. That would implicitely tell them that you could leave, without threating them.

But it is also mostly the manager. Some will be greedy until it escalates and someone really leaves. Sometimes finance dept really says no and they can only convince them by telling them you are going to leave. So negotiation isnt everything, sometimes it is just the Situation which you can't change

I would leave anyways, especially if you really have a better opportunity at hand

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