Employees at CenturyLink received a memo Thursday announcing the company has suspended merit raises this year.

"CenturyLink, as all businesses, continually evaluates the company’s cost structure and business practices and adjusts operations to meet the needs of the business,” Annmarie Sartor, external communication manager for CenturyLink, said in a statement to The News-Star Thursday evening. “As a result, we have made the difficult decision that there will be no merit increases in 2018." USA Today