Negotiating job offer in a merger
November 14, 2012 6:26 AM Subscribe
My company is being purchased. Everyone in my department is getting a job offer with the new company (but many other coworkers are being laid off). Should I try to negotiate for the terms of my offer?
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I am not coming from any kind of position of power here; they're taking my entire department because they consider us a good resource, but I don't think they're considering any of us individually. I have many years of experience, however.
I don't have the offer in hand yet, but I'm fairly sure what it's going to look like. The things I'd like to negotiate include PTO (retaining what I already have), work from home days, and workday hours; I am ok with the salary. I don't really know the culture of the new company yet, so I don't even know if working from home is an option there.
So, is this done? I know the typical advice is "hey, it can't hurt to ask." In most cases I'd believe that. But since I'm part of a bulk purchase and not specifically wanted by the new company, should I try, or just be glad I have a job? I'd hate to start off on the wrong foot at the new company.
If it matters, my current supervisory structure will remain the same at the new company (so immediate bosses will be people I've worked with for years). The person I'd have as a contact to negotiate with at the new company is unknown, probably an HR person.