Take a cue in the market.
Dollar is falling, and all companies, that are growing are under stress. I have seen peoiple taking a paycut, to join a good company.
New joinees have to be very careful, by meeting their obligations and ensuring that they are satisfied at any costs. You have to do a lot to ensure that happens, and if you just sit idle and wait for things to happen, you will fail miserably.
Just marking time at work, will not help. Taking long lunches, and long breaks and always on mobile calls does not help. You have to stretch beyond your ways and get the work done. If you dont understand the work, ask. People pay you lots of money to get hmm.. lots of work done.
Money isnt everything. Prove yourself for a period of 6 months, before you ask for a raise.
Most of the growing copmanies offer stock options after a certain period with the company. For example at the time of confirmation. There is a vesting period you have to understand. You will have to hold the stock option for a period, when they are available to be bought or sold, if you stay with the company. You cannot determine, when they can be bought or sold.
Behave with the management, and just because someone is friendly dont take advantage of it.