Speaking of (non) raises. DD texted me asking me what I thought would be a decent raise for her, when she reaches her 1 year anniversary with her employer, in June. They did not do a 6 months review, as they told her they would.
I said, well, I only really have the company I work for as as example, but, when we hire new college grads for an entry level type of job we start them out at just what DD got started out at - $40k. BUT, usually after 6 month, sometimes a year, we bump them up quite nicely with one big raise. Usually $5-$10k, if they've proven themselves a valuable employee and are doing a good job. Sometimes we do $5k after the first 6 months and the other $5k at one year. But usually by their first anniversary they are making $50k.
It will be interesting to see what comes about with her job. She is doing a great job - they tell her that all the time and have given her more responsibility and she is sole purchaser for one group. I would think if they want to keep her, they will realize they need to bump it up quite a bit. Someone with her degree and now experience would be able to find a job in that $50k range (where they live) no problem. I do know she is pretty dang bored with the job overall, so has seriously been considering looking for something more challenging, but she wanted to wait until she had at least a years experience post degree. If they don't give her a decent raise, I'm sure she will start looking in earnest. Since they live in a large metro area, she will have lots of opportunity to find a different job.