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Updated on Sunday, March 2

#6014

QUESTION: I feel extremely underpaid at my co-op job. Is it worth mentioning this to my student advisor/someone else relevant or should I just suck it up and hope for a higher-paying job next time around?

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  1. suck it up, they are not going to give you a raise in the middle of a coop term. If they like you and you want to go back, maybe you can leverage a higher salary next time.

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  2. It's not worth mentioning. As 1 said, they won't give you a raise unless you have them hire you again for another term.

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  3. Just curious, what is your job/pay? Also what work term are you on?

    But yeah either way suck it up, and ask about pay next time

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    1. first work term, 11/hour. theres days i don't have lunch because theres so much to do

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  4. Is it lower than average?

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  5. It hurts not at all to mention it to your co-op advisor on the UW end - of course, they aren't actually able to do anything. It's trickier if you want to talk to someone from the company, and I would say it's far from worth the headache.

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  6. "Suck it up." There's no benefit to telling anyone... they won't give you a raise mid-term because you ask them to. However it's entirely likely that the employer will interpret your request as arrogant and entitled, and will affect their evaluation of your ability to apply good judgment. After all, you are an intern. If you think you're really worth the big monies, accept that you're not going to get recognized for it now. Just keep your head down; you need to be spending this time learning, not earning. Over the course of your life, 1, 2, even 35k doesn't matter much. Do what's best for your long-term interests and not your short-term financial gains.

    Talking to your co-op advisor never accomplishes anything. No point in pursuing that course of action.

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  7. I'm gonna go against the grain here and say that sometimes it actually is a job that involves a lot of work but falls WAY below the average (such as a job I've had), and the best course of action is to alert the CECA people so that they know of the anomaly as well as mention it to your employer in your outgoing feedback (after they have evaluated you), so that they are aware that their rates are not competitive. You don't need to be rude about it, just say that from experience as a co-op student typically a job like this would have a higher pay rate but that you enjoyed the opportunity. I've done this before and the employer raised the rate by $3 once I explained to him the situation he was putting his co-ops into. This won't always work depending on your boss' personality and the size and nature of the employer company but use your best judgement to decide if its worth a shot.

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  8. Out of curiousity, what kind of work are you doing? Is this a QA job?

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