I work at a startup that’s entering its 5th year. My department is part of their services department and is one third of a trifecta that make up the customer experience.
We’re paid less than our 2 counterparts and want to demand equal pay. After individually asking quarter after quarter, year after year when raises will come we’ve finally joined together and realized the pay disparity between the other two roles in services.
My question is: Do I need to rope in my boss? We all love our boss but know that she doesn’t hold the power to secure department wide raises. We need to go straight to the executive team to be heard. We don’t want to ambush her with what we’re planning or put her in a bad position, but at the same time we don’t want to go behind her back.
How do you recommend this be handled – with or without boss?