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Can I negotiate a higher salary if I'm making a lateral move within my company?


My department is shutting down and as such I've been laid off, but my company values my talent and is looking to place me elsewhere internally. It looks like I may have found a new department, but because my title would stay the same, the company views it as a lateral move and therefore I'd be earning the same pay as I make now. I really feel like negotiating either a higher salary or at least a signing bonus because I loved my old job and I'm leaving through no fault of my own, but on the other hand, I feel like my company is doing me a favor by keeping me employed. So is it even appropriate to negotiate or should I just suck it up and take whatever they give me?

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3 years 32 weeks
You should ABSOLUTELY ask for a raise. Reasons. 1) You are almost certainly earning less than your male peers 2) If you still have a job in this economy you're very valuable to your employer 3) If you're not doing the same work as 3 years ago -- you're better, faster, more experienced. Your pay needs to reflect that 4) Asking is not disrespectful or ungrateful. Your boss became a boss by negotiating and working up the ladder. So did his/her boss. There are ways to ask without sounding demanding or bitchy. In fact, they'll respect you for it. 5) Not asking is the worst move possible. Because your company surely has $5,000 lying around. And if you don't, the guy or girl across the hallway will. Good luck!!!! If you want some coaching email me at thedailyasker@gmail.com. You should definitely practice first. I'd love to help you!!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 3 years 32 weeks
That's my dilemma- I don't want to seem ungrateful. However, I feel like I should try because I've been with the company for 5 years and aside from the cost of living salary increases, I haven't had a raise in 3 years...so maybe now's a good time to negotiate. We'll see what happens. Thanks for your advice!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 3 years 32 weeks
Unless you are doing more work then I don't think you should ask. In this case I think it can hurt to ask. They are doing you a favor by finding you another position at the company and you could come off as being ungrateful.
lauren lauren 3 years 32 weeks
I don't think it ever hurts to ask! You can always spin it with how excited you are to start your new job and more responsibility! Good luck!