Remote salary negotiation
September 24, 2012 10:02 AM Subscribe
New potential employer wants me to propose a salary, and I have a question about how to value the working arrangement/benefits against my previous job.
posted by DuckGirl to Work & Money (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently in the process of relocating and at the same time negotiating a couple different job offers. The one that appears the most promising would be working remotely for a company based on the opposite coast from where I'd be living, and in my last conversation with the hiring manager last week he asked me to provide a salary proposal based on the assumption that they'd pay for an HSA package, pay my travel once a month or so to the main office, and that I'd have a flexible schedule so long as I worked more or less full time.
The employer is a company that I worked with extensively in my last job, so I have a built-in knowledge base around their product which I think makes me fairly valuable as a new employee; however, the way the hiring manager was talking made me feel like he specifically wants me to consider the value of working remotely in place of salary (he specifically said something like, "We might not pay the highest salary, but we'll provide stock options, your time isn't tracked, and you can more or less set your own schedule).
Realistically, I could probably live off of a number close to my previous salary (but not much less, and of course I'd like more). I'm considering requesting about $10-15k more than I made previously and negotiating from there as needed - but should I be more aggressive? How much should I factor in the working-remotely and freedom of schedule-setting as a consideration in my dollar request? Thanks in advance.