So let me explain my story a little bit.
I have been working with a company since May 2011. I love it here, everything is going great. However, when I took the job I took a slight salary cut (compared to the last time I had a salary). I am very young only about 2 years of experience so I knew I didn't have much room to negotiatie. Also, I had been underempoyed for 6 months with no benefits so even with a lower salary it was good enough. I have estimated from research and salary history that I am being paid 4k less than I should (yes 4k is not much but it matters when you make 32k, I am in my mid 20's in age). I also saw the potential to grow with the company and it also provides benefits.
Overall, the job is going excellent. The CEO and Vice-President have been praising me for all the work, telling me they they are really surprised at how good I am doing which has lead me to other duties described that are not part of my job duties or job description. They even pull me away for special projects (much to my supervisor's dismay) in business development. A department that my department never dabbles in, but they use me for it because I have certain skills in the company that no one else has. I even work on the weekends to make sure nothing gets back tracked for these special projects. The company is really wonderful and I love everyone that works there. I even make sure to come in 15 minutes early and 15 minutes late. However, I believe for my experience, what I am bringing to the company and my potential that I am being underpaid.
Every December employees recieve reviews. I had asked when I first got hired if salary raises are discussed in these reviews. They told me yes. With it just a few months away I want to make sure that I take all the right steps.
I am just worried that A) I haven't even been there a year and I am already asking for a raise which might look bad B) If my reasoning for getting a raise is valid enough.
With all the praises I have been getting I would assume that they will keep me pleased so that they make sure that I don't start looking elsewhere.
Also I would be asking most likely for 5k more.