She turned to Reddit after her husband told her she had made the wrong decision to turn down a job promotion.
A Healthy Salary
Louise is a software engineer, and her husband works in construction management.
Despite coming from a financially challenged background, she feels grateful for their current financial stability, as she earns $120k while her husband earns $80k.
A Bit of Research
When her boss offered her a program manager position, Louise took the opportunity to meet with the current and previous program managers to gain some insight into the position.
The current program manager disclosed that he did not receive a raise after accepting the promotion, while the previous program manager was repeatedly denied raises despite earning less than Louise’s current salary.
Not All About the Salary
Later that evening, Louise confided in her husband about the program manager promotion offer and expressed her uncertainties about accepting it.
After some discussion, he encouraged her to take the promotion for the sake of her resume.
The following day, Louise inquired with her boss about the salary for the new position. He informed her that the matter would be addressed by HR during the next review cycle.
Louise had heard that this often results in the minimum possible salary offer, and given that the market value for the role was between $150-180k, she felt she would be significantly undervalued if she accepted the offer.
Maybe the Promotion Isn’t Such a Good Idea
She began to question whether accepting the promotion would be a poor decision.
Louise told her boss that she was grateful for the offer but was not comfortable taking on any role until the terms of employment, including compensation, were more fully defined.
However, her boss informed her that his hands were tied as HR would not renegotiate until the next quarter.
Her Husband Was Furious
When she got home, she informed her husband that she had declined the promotion.
Her husband was surprisingly upset about it and said that they should have discussed it first and that he did not agree with her decision.
Louise responded by saying that she was aware of the financial situation at her job and that taking the promotion would double her workload for nothing.
He argued that the promotion would be good for her resume and open up other management job opportunities, allowing her to negotiate for a higher salary elsewhere.
The Argument Goes On
Louise expressed to her husband that she didn’t want to take on the program manager promotion her boss offered because the compensation had not been defined.
However, he disagreed and believed that she should have taken the promotion.
Louise replied that she preferred being an individual contributor and didn’t want to take on more responsibilities for nothing.
Her husband became upset and accused her of being selfish and naive for not wanting to work hard for a salary review.
Was She Wrong?
She defended her decision by stating that she had tried that approach before and it didn’t work out.
She asked if she was in the wrong for declining the promotion.
Reddit users were quick to chime in with their opinions of this situation.
They believe Louise was right to turn down the offer, especially since a raise was not on the table. Others felt that her husband was being too harsh as she expressed all the reasons why she didn’t want to take the job offer.
One user wrote that they are also a software engineer and agreed with her decision. They said, “I would hate being a PM. It’s much more work but also a completely different role. I wouldn’t call it a promotion; it’s a different job.”
Another stated that the company was most likely trying to hire internally because they knew that the external hire would be much more expensive to recruit so instead they saw an opportunity to keep the salary lower by keeping the job posting internally.
What do you think? Should she have taken the job offer? And what should her husband have done instead? Leave a comment!
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