Thanks for the replies.
As to whether or not I can easily be replaced: No. I am the Web Developer at an international company whose profits are will into 8 digits every year.
I manage all of their websites, control all of the database and e-commerce functions for the online portion of their business. I am the only one who
can do my job at the company. I have spent considerable hours learning the systems and know exactly how everything works together. I have been able to
make many "impossible" things happen because I know what I need to and I figure out things I don't know.
As to "giving them more time": When I initially applied for the job, I was told that the company was willing to pay "the right person" (i.e. every
single one of their preferred skills + >10yrs experience) $100k/yr. I had all but one of their preferences but only three years professional
experience (12 years unprofessional experience) in the field.
They asked for my "necessary salary", so I wrote in slightly over the base salary in the range because I knew I would not be hired otherwise - this is
the way the world works when you are a relatively young, unpainted, unsexualized, "non-white" female with children, unrelated to anybody who works at
the company, and an AS degree instead of a BS degree in IT, working in a male-dominated profession. I accept that. There's nothing I can do about it
other than put forth my best work and prove that I am an asset to the company.
They called be back 45mins after I left the office to hire me, stating they would offer me the job @ my proposed salary. I took the job with the
attitude that I would use the first year as my "trial" and request a more reasonable salary after my first year.
I am now "the right person" in all respects, with a mastery of the company's highly-customized systems.
I am barely making enough to be considered middle class, before taxes.
I do not live outside of my means, in any way/shape/form.
The company saved more money from hiring me over a $100k person than they paid me in 2011.
The 19.7% increase in profit margin I brought in is, in monetary terms, well into 7 digits.
By all reports, I am an outstanding employee.
I get along well with everyone in the company. It's a fairly small company, employee-wise, but their profit margin is quite large.
The old me would leave well enough alone and just meekly go on for another year until they shaft me again with an embarrassingly insulting raise.
But, this year, I've decided to be fearless.
I refuse to sit idly by on this one.
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