After a year of being unemployed right out of college due to COVID, I landed a job 6 months ago at a PR agency. Everything has been great, with management consistently commending my work and giving me shoutouts a couple of times a month. A couple of weeks ago, I chatted with my manager about training towards a promotion. She was happy to list responsibilities I could work towards and stated that I had already been doing many of the roles that were seen in Specialists, even if I am a Coordinator.
Any specialist I meet has been in an agency for +4 months than I have, so I seem to need time. Although we’ve lost a couple of Specialists this month and hired replacements, I am confident in my abilities to eventually get a promotion and fill a spot.
However, the addition of several intensive new clients has me consistently overworking at near 12 hours every day. A good chunk of the work is me taking the reins or being given the reigns on larger projects for which I carry most of, in a Specialist-like manner. It’s been several weeks of *many* overtime hours; I show up at work early and leave 2-3 hours late. I notice a few others working like this, but none of them are entry-level, and barely any of them pull overtime as consistently as I do.
I have not been at this company for more than 6 months. Still, I am wondering if it would be reasonable to ask for a raise, given that many of my responsibilities are above coordinator, and I’m working many more hours than a coordinator should. I believe asking for a promotion, especially after management acknowledged that I am already working towards one, may be rude and jumping the gun. But a raise as I see it is compensation for consistently overworking and turning over high-quality projects, especially for a client that is confirmed to continue with high-demand work and hours. Is this fair?
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