Just to start things right, I haven’t gotten a 20% raise recently. The one and only time, and the focus of this story, was in 1999 I think.
But the lesson learned is still applicable today.
My first job out of college was working in a call center. I started at a pretty low salary, but the company I was working for had a great reputation in the IT industry, and many an IT professional used them as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.
After a couple of years there, I was itching for more and ready to be one of those ‘stepping stone’ stories. I would have stayed there, but they stopped my training path and they declined my request for anything more than a 3% raise. So it was time to jump.