Yeah, I'd get free cookies and cakes, but is that enough?
May 30, 2007 8:36 AM Subscribe
How do I negotiate (tomorrow!) a decent salary for working part-time as a creative services manager for a successful bakery where the company wants to leverage the coolness factor of the environment and I want to leverage my years of varied experience?
posted by FlyByDay to Work & Money (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently interviewed for a creative services manager position for a small-ish but successful bakery (they sell through Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma, online, specialty stores, etc). This job covers creating/overseeing all their packaging, their print collateral, web design, some writing, working with everyone in the company from the president to the food scientists to marketing. I have a strong background in both web and print design, as well as writing and editorial. I am 41, which is important, as this company has a very specific company culture in which the older, more experienced people are expected to be in active teaching positions to the just-out-of-school people. You should also know that this job is an hour + drive from me, and on the way in (though not out), there’s a $3 toll bridge. This job is in Boston proper.
I was originally offered (via email) a full time position at $50,000, though when the president mentioned this “guess” in the interview, I said that was lower than I’d like. For the scope of the job, this sounds very low to me. We’ve been phoning and missing each other (me and various people at the company), and yesterday, I got an email from their HR person saying they’d actually like to split the job between two people, and could we talk on Thurs (tomorrow)? She did not mention a salary.
I would actually prefer to work part-time, as it would enable me to continue to work freelance (I’m also a professional musician), not have to make that commute every day, but have some steady work. So how do I negotiate a higher rate, and what’s reasonable for what is a fairly big job in scope? I know they’re leveraging the coolness factor of working at a bakery vs. an ad agency or something less “fun”, but I want to leverage my years of varied experience. All advice is appreciated.