Help negotiating a salary for a sky-rocketing US/Euro e-commerce site!
December 5, 2013 6:22 PM Subscribe
Hello! I've landed an interview for a management position at a fairly big e-commerce site, whose growth in the last couple of years has exploded and is still growing. I'll be interviewing for a position at the European headquarters (Germany), although the company is US-based. I need help asking for a salary that's both competitive and fair!
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (2 answers total)
I'm currently collecting unemployment after being laid off from my last related job. I would rather not take a job that's lower than what I receive in unemployment - however, I don't want to turn down an opportunity that would be interesting to me career-wise. I'm also seeking job benefits that I may need in the near future (maternity leave) as well as the long-term (pension).
The company has given no indication of the salary range. Only a start-uppy description of benefits including free lunch, employee discounts, bonuses, etc. In an ideal world, I know that this is not something that should come up until there's a job offer from the company. However, in my experience, companies have always asked me in the first interview to name a number and later negotiate from there if they're interested in hiring. I'd rather not do that but in the past employers were always reluctant to provide a range first, and forced me to provide a number (which they either outright turned down or negotiated downwards).
My question is, what's the best way that I could approach the negotiation process with this new employer? Considering that this will probably come up in the first interview - in Germany - and it's a competitive market here where many people work for well under what I would consider a basic acceptable salary. Please note that there is currently no minimum wage in Germany. :(
Thank you for any advice that you have, especially if you have experience with dealing with German employers!!!