Sorry for the wicked old post bump, I figured if there was already a topic I don't need to make a new one!
For anyone that wants to give input:
I am having my annual review today, where I will learn of any raise/bonuses. I had a REALLY solid 2013 at work, easily my best yet while being in accounting; passed 3 exams (including my final one!) got through a big internal audit hoopla we trudge through every 2 years basically by myself, and pretty much worked without a manager for 3.5 months which she was out on maternity leave. Without boasting, I can say I've had a great year of growth and have been able to progess to way more complicated and challenging areas at work; all while my efficiency has been continuing to improve and exceed expectations (not a public accounting firm so this is of less importance, but it does mean I do about 200% the workload I did when I started here, because I have the time to)
At first I didn't expect anything big; my CPA quest is/was never about the money and promotions *. But the more I dwell on it, the more I feel like I'm going to come out of my review FUMING if I get nothing more than a 2% "cost of living" adjustment (lol wait 2% won't even cover that, more like "a *piece* of the cost of living increase"). Am I being unreasonable in my worries? This summer will mark my 6th year working full-time in accounting, so I've passed that "5-year experience" mark that some jobs look for, or usually when you can start to be within reach of a manager position; speaking of, I also don't see a promotion in my afternoon future either because our group is so small and despite the sometimes-desperate need for another staff, there are no plans for that anytime soon (a different gripe I am having, but I digress). Is the economy still "bad" meaning I need to be "grateful to even have a job"? Because those themes were all the rage like 2-3 years ago. If yes, tell me to chill out and I will try and do exactly that, sit and be content with my $20 a paycheck increase and try to focus on that fact that my CPA license apparently only translates into non-monetary value.
* Maybe this statement is only half true. Because I am going to get pretty butthurt if I am not rewarded with some sort of monetary compensation, not because I want money, but because that's how excelling in a career is rewarded.
REG - 65, 70, 80!
BEC - 35, 62, 79!
AUD - 73, 75!
FAR - 65, 73, 70, 75! DONE.