Worker Snags Job With Better Pay After Boss 'Turned Down' 5 Percent Raise Request

A Reddit post has gone viral after the poster said their boss "turned down" their request for a raise of 5 percent. They've now accepted an offer where they'll allegedly be making 35 percent more, according to the post.

Reddit user u/vijayjagannathan shared the situation to the subreddit r/antiwork on January 12. The post is titled, "My boss turned down my request for a 5 percent raise. I just accepted a new job with a 35 percent raise."

The original poster (OP) revealed that a few months ago they asked their boss for a 5 percent raise because they said their pay has only been increased by "an average of 1 percent" each year.

They also "realized" they were "really underpaid for the area" they live in as well. They figured the 5 percent was "a reasonable request" that would help them "catch up to where" they believe they "should be."

The OP continued: "Well he acted super offended, reminded me that our VP sent us a care package early this year [t-shirt with company logo and snacks], so it shows the company cares about us and then turned the discussion into performance issues he suddenly has with me, although my performance has never been an issue before. Keep in mind he is a middle manager at a very large company so it's not like this is money coming out of his pocket."

Employee sits on desk
A worker snagged a job with 35 percent more pay after their boss "turned down" their request for a 5 percent raise according to a Reddit post. Here, an employee sits on a desk near his co-workers. PROSTOCK-STUDIO/GETTY

The Redditor revealed they started to look for a different job that day, and they've since "accepted an offer doing the same exact job, remote, and for 35 percent more" than they are currently making. The OP revealed they were "very much looking forward" to giving their notice of leaving the place they work.

According to Statista, the annual salary for full-time employees in the United States in 2020 was an average of $71,556 a year. That's an increase from $66,781 a year per employee in 2019.

The post has been upvoted 27,200 times so far with over 1,000 comments. People are praising the OP for leaving the situation and going elsewhere. Some even recounted their own similar experiences while others gave advice to the poster.

A Redditor didn't mince words, saying they are "so sick of companies acting like us wanting money to live is some sort of taboo, or a negative reflection of our character."

One comment had 10,000 upvotes all by itself with its advice. "Sign your offer letter and take the new job, lock it in," they said. "Turn around and leverage it with your boss for a 35 percent raise to stay on with your current company, and make him jump through all the middle-management hoops to get the money. Quit anyway." The OP revealed they "love this plan."

A user reasoned even if the extra money was coming out of the pocket of the OP's boss, "if he can't keep up with cost of living at the very f**king least year after year, he doesn't have a functional business model."

Another person had some advice for the poster if his current company tried to match the salary. "If he asked if he can match, ask for a 40 percent raise, and if reacts offended tell him he had a chance for a 5 percent raise, but that ship has sailed," they added.

Some congratulated the OP for moving on to a different opportunity. "Hell yeah! Good for you!" someone said. "Let us know his reaction when he gets your notice."

One person thought the situation "sounds awesome," adding in some advice: "Don't give notice until everything is signed, and congrats!"

While a Redditor said, "this is the kind of s**t I like to read. Gonna be sweet when you tell that d**chebag you're hitting the road."

Other people saw the humor in the situation. "If he starts complaining about you quitting, tell him: 'Relax, it'll all be fine. I'm sending you a care package.'"

Some don't think the OP should even give a two-week notice. "Don't give notice, just stop going," a user said.

Newsweek reached out to u/vijayjagannathan for comment.