Human Resources/compensation


I appreciate your expertise and help.
I was offered a new management position internally in my organization.I feel that the position carries significanlty more responsibility but according to the Compensation Department I was dealing with it was a lateral move. I was told they offered me the max pay for this job and there was no further negotiation. I had 2 options: take it or leave it. I accepted it because my current job is a dead end job with no opportunity to gain new experience. However, shortly after I accepted the job I learned from 2 separate and very reliable sources (not according to my company policy but people do talk) that the previous manager's salary  was 20% higher even though he didn't have the advanced degree that I have. I feel cheated now and taken advantage of this internal "promotion". There is no point of talking to HR now. Should I speak to my new boss and tell him how I feel? Should I also mention that I know that the previous person was making significantly more? What if I'm asked how I know (I can't say how)?

Never listen to gossip. You took the position with the terms given to you. What someone else may or may not have made in the position is irrelevent. I would definately not go and tell your supervisor that you were gossiping with others and found out the person before you made more than you are making. That is not a good move.

Good employees are always rewarded. Just do the best you can in your job and you will be rewarded for it.


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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR


I can answer questions pertaining to Compensation, Health Benefits, Retirement Plans, Payroll,Payroll taxes, Employee selection, Employee Termination, Training, and Employee Incentives. I have offices in U.S., Canada, UK, South Africa,Australia and NZ. I am most confident in the U.S. and Canadian but have knowledge of the internationals. I do not have extensive knowledge of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. I do have some Human Resource Knowledge in those areas. Please do not ask me homework questions, I do not have time to answer them.


I currently hold both the U.S. and Canadian Payroll Certifications. I currently hold the SHRM PHR certification. I have worked in the Human Resources area with high emphasis on compensation and benefits for 25 years at the same company. My company is an international company and I work with our International offices whenever there is a Human Resource area needing addressed. I volunteer on the American Payroll Association hotline and have for the last 10 years or so. I answer many questions each week for other payroll and HR professionals, mostly on taxes, benefits and compensation issues. I have been the trustee for our 401K plan for Retirement benefits and our 125 Cafeteria Plan for Health Insurance benefits.

SHRM, National APA, National DOLEA, State National Mentoring Network I.O.M.A. Advisory Board


Boise State University Human Resource Certificate Program PHR through SHRM CPP through American Payroll Association Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification through Canadian Payroll Association Published writer of Payroll and Benefit articles in a payroll Publication 25 years experience in an International Company

Awards and Honors
Citation of Merit 8 years in a row for hotline service for A.P.A. Honor Award for child mentoring service through RSVP and National Mentoring A "Pat on the Back" award for outstanding leadership as a Youth Group Leader by "The Salvation Army." Runner up for Employee of the Year at my Company twice and Employee of the month 4 times.

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I used to answer questions on when they had a similar quesition and answer section. I volunteer for APA hotline I also belong to several HR forums when I often answer questions

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