Money money money...or benefits?
February 23, 2012 7:21 PM Subscribe
I'm expecting a formal job offer soon, but the salary is well below market. What "soft" benefits should I ask for instead?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Recently I had a second interview for a position in my field. The good news: they told me they'd be making me an offer. The bad news: the salary is below market. (I interviewed for, but did not get, a similar job at a similar organization, and was quoted a salary 10-20K higher than the salary for this position.) The okay news: I knew what the salary was before interviewing, and my interviewers directly acknowledged that the salary is low and suggested I ask for additional benefits instead.
While I do plan to probe if/when I get the official offer to see if there's any wiggle room, I am not hopeful about getting additional salary. So what should I ask for instead? Here's what I've considered:
--Additional vacation time (but how much? A week extra?)
--Flex time once or twice a week
--Working from home on an occasional basis (though I'm not sure about asking for this as a new employee)
--Consideration for performance review/raise in six months
Have you been in this position? What do you suggest I ask for? Any other advice? This is a full-time staff position at a private college in a major U.S. city, and I do plan to accept the position if offered.