Originally Posted by Clockwork
We're talking about one company here. These employees were not slighted in the least.
Company A, B, and C - Position 1 makes 35-45k per year. Position 2 makes 75-85k per year.
Company D - Position 1 makes 70k per year. Position 2 makes 75-85k per year.
Why should the people in position 2 at Company D be disgruntled in any way? They are already being paid what they are worth and would be similarly compensated if they quit and moved to another company.
Of course, giving so many people raises may make it impossible for person currently making 75k to get to 80k... the company no longer has the funds.
So, those two that quit may have thought that it was basically the end of the line for company advancement... and if you can't advance, should look elsewhere for a job with a future.
If the CEO of this company had given a modest increase to the people currently over the minimum, then the argument may still hold but would have been blunted somewhat.