In my company (and industry - public accounting), it goes like this: you start in October and are promoted (almost automatically, if you're not then you've probably been fired or quit) each subsequent October for the next 3 years. Along with the promotion comes a raise. Last year (my first year) I got the promotion and a raise. This year I got a promotion and a raise. It comes down to the fact that I'm not happy with my raise, can I tell my career advisor this and ask for another raise?
Here is additional info:
I talked to friends last year and they got raises significantly more than I did, one got 18% (I got 6%). I talked to friends this year and found the same results, one got $8k and I got $5k.
I am positive that I am being paid towards the lower end (if not the lowest) of my start class and coworkers (at least one) who are in the start class behind me are getting paid more than me.
I was expecting a larger raise this year because I am now a CPA and have been promoted to a position where I oversee projects directly and manage at least 1 person (aka a more significant promotion than last year).
I've been talking to recruiters and it looks like I could get about $20k more than what I make now.
The thing that put my over the edge is that someone who was fired about 6 months ago got a new job and is making more than me.
I appreciate all feedback, but please don't read into the question and make assumptions not mentioned here, or if you do, please make sure to answer the question directly without any assumptions about my story. I'm not interested in hearing an answer that tells me I should be happy with any raise in this economy.