Thoughts After Overhearing That My Coworker Makes $10K More Than Me

Maybe she was lying when she said it just now on the phone to her credit card company and I overheard her without even trying at all to listen

Why doesn’t she dress better then

Why does she wear flats without socks in winter if she is so damn rich

Why is she looking at Buzzfeed

Maybe she works overtime on extra projects at a time that isn’t when she gets here after me or leaves before me

Maybe she freelances, but that would breach the no freelancing rule and so maybe she’ll get fired and I will get her salary and mine

No wonder she gets fancy insane designer wraps every day for lunch and I have leftovers

No wonder she got tickets for her and her mom to go to see Wicked

Is this enough reason to ask for a raise


Molly Lorz lives in NYC.


11 Comments / Post A Comment

rhinoceranita (#5,858)

OH NO. You were perfectly happy with your salary before, right?

Nibbler (#5,331)

Ask for that raise!

SD2SF (#3,072)

Yes! And also, aren’t you afraid of this being published because she or your employer will see it? I don’t get the internet, clearly.

honey cowl (#1,510)

@SD2SF Pretty sure that’s a pen name yo!

garysixpack (#4,263)

I’ve always wondered how professional athletes handle the difference in salary. All the salaries are publicly known, and there might be 2 orders of magnitude difference in the salary between teammates who could be performing similarly.

EmilyAnomaly (#4,238)

@garysixpack I have wondered that as well, and with actors, too. I would have a hard time not letting my sense of worth be tied to what I made compared to other people.

annev17 (#4,822)

Why resent her for it? Maybe she negotiated better when she got hired. Maybe she has a valued skill, or she gets tons of work done in a shorter time. Maybe she asked for a raise and got it. Good for her! If you want for a raise, ask for it, but don’t use your coworker making more than you as your argument for why you deserve it.

jquick (#3,730)

@annev17 Agreed. Maybe she has more experience. There is a lot here we don’t know.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

Maybe she’s selling Arbonne on the side! You really missed out here.

francesfrances (#1,522)

Oh god, that picture! Thoughts After Learning That Intern Emily Is Coming to Take Your Job and Be Better Than You, Better Than Everyone.

jquick (#3,730)

To the author – did you negotiate your salary when you started, or just accepted whatever they initially offered?

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