Help, I've been lowballed
June 11, 2010 12:52 PM Subscribe
The employer and I agreed on a salary range. Then they offered 10K less than the minimum of the range we had agreed on. WTF?
posted by ladybird to Work & Money (40 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I realize there are lots of salary-related questions on AskMe, and lots of salary advice on teh Google, but I would appreciate some advice specific to my situation.
I got to the final stage of interviewing. When asked by the HR Director for my salary requirements, I told them that my market research had indicated a salary range of $xx to $xx, and asked if that aligned with the range they had planned for the job. The HR rep indicated that it did. Great.
The job offer they sent a day later was 10K less than the minimum end of the range we had discussed. I am baffled, to the point that I assume this must be a typo.
I have already followed up with an HR rep to say, "um, I think there's been a misunderstanding here." The rep promised to speak with the HR Director I originally talked with, and will get back to me. I intend to say, "hey guys, you said the range I wanted was ok for you - so what gives?"
To be fair, the offer did indicate a potential for a year-end bonus, but even with the maximum bonus amount the annual salary would still be less than the minimum figure we discussed. Obviously I'm a bit insulted and wonder how interested I would be in working for a company that would do this, but maybe I'm just really that out of touch with the reality of today's job market.
So: Assuming that is not some sort of clerical error, why in the world would a company agree on a range and then intentionally lowball the offer? And how to deal moving forward with such a company?