Just wanted to say that this article (“Women, Can You Love Your Job But Still Be Pissed About Your Compensation?”) really struck a nerve, because it is TRUE!
This week in particular, I found myself having this exact conversation on multiple occasions. I absolutely love my job, my team, and the partner I work for, but I am grossly underpaid (and my firm often disgusts me). My boss made more as a fifth-year in 1999-2000 than I make now… 21 years later.
I have a unique set of technical skills and I have always been one of the highest-rated employees in my service line. If any reasonable person glanced at my employee file, they would quickly see that my performance and my compensation do not match. Yet, here I am, chugging along, getting paid significantly less than my male peers, telling myself, “It’s OK. You like your job. It will all work out one day.”
How long will I continue to tell myself this lie? Who knows! I think at some point you just block it out of your mind because how else do you live with yourself? How can you preserve your self-worth and self-respect knowing that you are willing to accept less and allowing the firm to take advantage of you? That feels awful. That makes you feel like a victim. So, much like a victim in an abusive relationship, you try to eliminate this cognitive dissonance and you tell yourself, “It’s OK because I still love my job.” Pathetic as that may be.
Anonymous Big 4 CPA
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