Employer came in quite a bit below my offer?
January 24, 2014 2:15 PM Subscribe
I'm a software developer that contracts for a company. I like the company, they want me to join them full time. Their offer is below my ask by quite a bit, should I even counter offer?
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I contract hourly through a contracting company, not directly with my agency. I average about 50 hours a week, and will often see weeks above 60 hours. I figured my salary based on a 45 hour work week, minus two weeks vacation. Benefits do not mean much to me as I'm young and single, but I included that as well.
I'm not used to dealing with large companies and was told that to even make the offer they did they had to bump my title, which will come with more responsibilities. Their offer is 10.8% less than what I asked. In reality, my pay would be go down more than that as I'm contracting hourly ... and if I take it I'll have more responsibilities.
The best advice I've been given is that they likely have a salary band for the position I'm in and that there's wiggle room ... but how do I figure out that wiggle room?
I guess I'm in a bad position because usually with these negotiations I have a job already, right now the job I have is ... with the company offering me the job.
Part of me wonders if I should accept the lower salary and just start looking. I don't know how, "this is my final offer" and then if they say no, if I can even take the lower offer.