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Hourly vs. salaried?

What exactly does it mean to be paid hourly? [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet on Oct 24, 2016 - 21 answers

Salary is based on degree status. What do you currently make?

Pretty basic. Applied for a job in a technical field. It said, degree required so I was surprised I got an email and it looked like a three person interview set up pretty quickly. Then it got weird. [more inside]
posted by tilde on Aug 18, 2016 - 18 answers

What if they ask about salary?

I'm in Texas and am looking for jobs in the northeast. (My applications seem to skew towards NYC, but that's not my target specifically.) I'm getting emails about arranging phone screens and it occurs to me that I might get asked about compensation. How do I start coming up with an answer beyond googling for a cost of living calculator? (And those come up with truly staggering figures I'd feel embarrassed naming, but that's a separate issue.) [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Jul 28, 2016 - 9 answers

Negotiating / determining compensation for Big Telco screwup?

I own a business which is heavily dependent on the telephone. 5+ months ago, I moved locations and paid Bell to move me and kept my phone number. Everything seemed cool but every once in a while someone would chew me out for not answering my phone. Of course, I always answer the phone... When it rings. After an inordinate number of people complained in a single week, I called the phone company. They looked into it and admitted they'd screwed up. I'm going to call them to discuss compensation. Where to start? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Apr 10, 2016 - 9 answers

One airline lost it, another found it?

An airline recently lost my bag and, after some prompting, gave up and paid compensation. Now, about six weeks later, a totally unrelated airline found my bag and has returned it. Err, what next? [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Jan 28, 2016 - 20 answers

Are there unequal pay laws that are not gender, race, or age related?

My employer hired someone that has the same job as me. Same title, same responsibilities. This person has a couple years less experience then me. I also have a wider skill set (I was on the interview committee). This person is the same gender, same race, and about the same age. The employee was able to negotiate a substantially higher salary then I get (posted on public website). I find this insulting and unfair. But, every search I do on unequal pay seems to only address discrimination. Do I have any legal grounds to pressure my employer into paying me the same or more than the new hire?
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2015 - 19 answers

Negotiating money with neighbors...

I recently transitioned from classroom teaching to working at home - I miss kiddo time. I offered to babysit the neighbor's kids and now I'm running into a small issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Help evaluating a job offer: consulting/defense contractor

They have moved very quickly: red flag? How much stock should I place in Glassdoor reviews? Is any "consultant" title a useful foot in the door to the industry? Is this uninspiring salary reasonable given my background? Intricacies below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ecsh on Nov 6, 2015 - 8 answers

I mean I'm not saying no, but...

Okay, hiring managers and HR folks of AskMe. Suppose your company has a job opening, and you've interviewed a candidate. Things went pretty well, and you want to make that candidate an offer. You have your recruiter call and ask him for his salary requirements, and he gives you a number. What are some reasons why you might then come back and make an offer that is $10,000 more than what he was asking for?
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2015 - 31 answers

What's fair to ask for here when a seamstress makes a crappy mistake?

Straight pins from alterations to my wedding dress were accidentally left in, with rather painful results. I would like the boutique to make it up to me--what's fair to ask for here? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Jul 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Determining employee salaries: reward performance over seniority?

I'm trying to decide on a best compensation model for paying my employees (help desk staff at a software company); looking for any and all writings on the subject. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Professional on Jul 6, 2015 - 19 answers

Car accident & worker's compensation

Yesterday afternoon, while on the job, I was involved in a car accident. I was crossing an intersection when a car ran a red light and slammed into my front passenger side. My car went into a telephone pole. Thankfully there were no serious injuries to either parties however both cars were totaled. Witnesses called the police and a police report was filed. The investigator took the statement of one witness who watched the other car run the red light and hit me. I have a few questions about what happens next to make sure I am taking the right steps. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2015 - 12 answers

What is the appropriate exchange rate of cash/beverages/snacks to wifi?

Baristas! Bartenders! Bar and coffee shop owners! Other officeless people! I often work in coffee shops, and sometimes in bars. I stay for hours, sitting in chairs, soaking up A/C, using the wifi, and listening to music on headphones. What is the appropriate volume of drink/snack buying &/or tipping to avoid being a jerk and provide adequate compensation? (My current rate is ~ one coffee/two hours.) Is there any kind of consensus about this? [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Jun 1, 2015 - 26 answers

Why am I not getting a raise?

Is there any legal precedent to fight raises for only incoming employees and not existing staff? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Mar 25, 2015 - 20 answers

Print compnay employer is requesting my pay requirements - help

A print company owner is asking me what my pay requirements are to join his staff as an illustrator. How much do people who do this kind of thing make? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Tax implications of paying back a signing bonus

If I have to pay back a signing bonus because I didn't stay at the job for a full year, is there any way to recover the taxes I paid on the signing bonus? [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Nov 7, 2014 - 8 answers

When to push back and how?

I have an amazing job which pays well. However, due to staffing problems I'm repeatedly being asked to drop everything and take one for the team, sometimes on very short notice, with not even an 'attaboy' to show for it so far. How do I push back against this professionally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Employment, past salary, and credit checks in the information age

At what point in the process can a prospective employer get my actual salary amount from my soon-to-be-previous employer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2014 - 11 answers

How much should my housemate pay me back for breaking my laptop?

Last Year my housemate (and good friend) spilt tea on my laptop and it broke. The laptop was about 2 years old and worth $1300.00. At the time he couldn't afford to pay me anything, and as I was low on cash myself I replaced it with cheaper tablet option, worth $450.00. A year has now passed and he is in a better position to pay me back- What do you think is a fair amount given the worth of the 2 year old laptop and the amount I spent replacing it?
posted by Valdigs on Aug 19, 2014 - 22 answers

Apartment electrical fire. Can tennant expect compensation from landlord

My friend's apartment burnt along with most of his stuff. (He is 41.) Should he talk to a lawyer about getting a settlement from the landlord? More info below. [more inside]
posted by uncoolcentral on May 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Where to find higher education administration salary data?

I am trying to ballpark appropriate salary ranges for a variety of higher education administration/student affairs positions at a private, 4-year college in the Northeast. What sources should I be using to benchmark this data? I am familiar with the CUPA-HR Salary Survey data that is publicly available, but I am not able to pay for the full report. Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle make some data publicly available, but it is very limited in scope. Are there other sources I should be consulting?
posted by TurkishGolds on May 29, 2014 - 5 answers


I recently accepted a promotion. Awesome. The problem is, my old boss has subsequently put a moratorium on people leaving my current department for 3 months. We are desperately short on resources, so I am sympathetic to his predicament, but at the same time, I am very bothered by a few things: 1) Since I accepted the offer, he has piled more work on my plate that he expects me to finish regardless of how long it takes. This would include projects that spill over the 3 month moratorium. 2) I spoke to him about applying for this new position before he announced this policy and he never mentioned a thing. He always mentioned we would do a 'transition plan', which if you read point 1, doesn't sound like any type of transition plan. He announced this policy 1 day after I was extended an offer. 3) The promotion is a $15k jump in compensation. I will be seeing none of that for 3 months because of this policy. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on May 19, 2014 - 38 answers

Flight 'ran out of seats', couldn't check in, is that a 'bump'?

Flying back from a small regional airport, I had the pleasure of discovering there were no more seats available on my return flight. I had booked the round trip on American Airlines through Expedia several weeks earlier. The airlines wouldn't let me check in online due to the lack of seats, and when I got to the airport they basically set me up on a much later flight the next day. Am I entitled to compensation for an overbooked flight? [more inside]
posted by NBJack on May 18, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I negotiate compensation with a mid-stage startup?

I currently have two job offers: one from a startup and one from a large corporation. I'm strongly considering taking the position with the startup and have negotiated on compensation already, but would like to ask for another increase. Please help me navigate this! [more inside]
posted by 6spd on May 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Financial recourse options regarding a deceitful mechanic?

A mechanic who replaced my bus's radiator removed parts of the transmission's cooling system, said he replaced the parts, and got paid for the parts and the labor. After several months, I took the bus out for a trip, and the transmission overheated repeatedly and finally lost all but first gear. It turns out that the parts the mechanic said he installed are not there -- the pipe that should connect to them just connects back to itself. What steps can I take to get my money back? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Mar 23, 2014 - 3 answers

I just got a promotion. Should I have gotten a larger raise?

I work for a local small business. I was just promoted from Assistant Store Manager to Store Manager. The raise that was proposed to me was less than I thought it would be. Is there a standard or accepted percentage? [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Mar 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Rates for freelance medical writing?

I have been offered some freelance medical writing work, and need help to determine a reasonable hourly rate to quote. [more inside]
posted by amelioration on Mar 12, 2014 - 5 answers

How does profit-sharing really work?

I'm interviewing for a position which includes a profit sharing program, and it sounds like it's a major component of the compensation (as opposed to something nice on the side). What are some normal, reasonable terms of profit-sharing programs? How would I compare this against a normal salaried position, and how do I negotiate for the best terms?
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Compensation - what is a good raise %?

I am a young (>5 years out of college) female professional working at a tech company. We are a small company (>200 FTEs) and exist on funding and capital (not public or profitable yet). I am the best performer in my group and a very high performer (top 20% of employees, as told to me by HR and Executives). I just got a raise from $85,000 to $93,000 for a total of a 6% raise. I also got some equity as well. I am happy with my salary (and was happy already), but I honestly have no idea if I should negotiate or ask for more. One on hand I feel pressured to assert myself to exercise negotiation skills, especially as a woman; on the other hand, I am not a very material person, spend very little, and am very happy with my day to day quality of life. I don't really need the money. My question is - is 6% competitive? I know that I am already well paid for a young professional, especially for someone who has not had a lot of experience. I'm pretty happy. I just have no idea what the benchmarks are or what I should be asking for / expecting.
posted by pando11 on Jan 21, 2014 - 17 answers

What should I be looking for in a work relocation package to Australia?

Asking on behalf of a friend: May be transferred from the US to Australia shortly. What should I be looking for in a relocation package? Special snowflake details inside that may affect your answer! I have been transferred around the US a lot and thus know how to assess a relocation package when it's from point A to point B in the US - and, most importantly, I know when it's not enough and I need to hold out for more. I've never been transferred overseas and the only thing I know right now is that a relo package like the ones I get in the States would probably be insufficient. What should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Dec 18, 2013 - 14 answers

What Salary.com IT job category am I, really?

So my annual review will be coming up in a few months. My job title is "Software Support Engineer." I'm making something in the 30-40k range, which is a good amount for someone with as little experience as I've got (I just started in IT about 2 years ago.) Prepping for my annual review, I bought one of those Salary.com employer salary survey reports. Median pay listed for a "Software Support Engineer I" is $63k! Am I underpaid, or am I really a "Technical Support Representative II" or whatever, and just have a cool job-title? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Dec 8, 2013 - 16 answers

What is my job, and how much should I get paid?

I am doing a freelance job where I translate, write, and design. How do I find out what my market value is? Is there a handy googleable title for what I'm doing? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Should I ask my landlord for money off rent?

My landlord and I have a previously discussed arrangement where if I am able to save him a call to a handyman by dealing with an issue myself, I can ask for "whatever's fair" off of rent. Yesterday, a visit by the utility company took up a large part of my day. Not sure if I should ask for money and if so, how much, and how to phrase. [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on Oct 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for the Silver Insulation

If an absentee homeowner's property is condemned, can I take legal action against them for a loss in value of my own house? [more inside]
posted by endotoxin on Jun 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Is the Post-Marathon-Bombing One Fund a Worthwhile Charity?

I'm a Bostonian and many of us helped after the marathon bombings, but I'm wondering what are the best resources to find out exactly how helpful The One Fund really is? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on May 6, 2013 - 8 answers

How much should I ask for in compensation for overdue furniture?

I ordered a 2-piece sectional sofa 15 weeks ago, and it was supposed to be delivered in 8-10 weeks. Half of it was delivered at 8 weeks, the other half is still missing. How much should I ask for in compensation as the delivery gets later and later, and what's the best way to handle asking for such compensation? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Mar 24, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I tactfully tell my internship they are asking too much?

I'm working at an unpaid internship two days a week and I've been asked to commit to a one-time, extra stint of work, including actually traveling to another location and staying there (overnight, including the weekend) for a four day period. I think this is too much to ask of someone who is not being compensated, but I don't want to burn any bridges. How can I tactfully tell them I need to either get paid or pass on this commitment? [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs on Feb 25, 2013 - 26 answers

Timeline of a counterofffer

How long must you wait before making a counteroffer during salary negotiations? [more inside]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants on Feb 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Is reduction of rent warranted in this situation? If yes, how to proceed

I'm asking this for a senior citizen friend. Does he have a right to ask for a reduction in rent for a situation wherein he warned management of criminal activity......but was ignored? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Feb 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Microsoft employee (fte) question

Curious if anyone is/was from Microsoft, I had an employee based question. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Fair internship compensation?

Asking for a friend: I have the opportunity to have an intern work part time (sixteen hours or about twice a week) for me and I need to figure out how compensation might work here. We're a very small business and this is the first time we've dealt with internships. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jan 10, 2013 - 19 answers

Companies that rewards actions that favors long term stability

I am looking for examples of banks (or other financial institutions) known for having a compensation structure that rewards actions in the long term interests of the institution. [more inside]
posted by helloworlditsme on Nov 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Competitors who compensate their staff differently?

I am looking for examples of companies in the same industry that have very different compensation structures. Can the hivemind help? [more inside]
posted by helloworlditsme on Oct 29, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I handle the salary negotiation discussion to my advantage without blowing it?

AskMeFi and other say to never throw out the first number in salary discussions, yet this has backfired repeatedly. Stick to the oft-repeated advice or rework based on experience? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Sep 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Where can I find information about staffing best practices?

Where can I find information on how the best companies in the world deal with their staff? (eg, Fortune's Best Companies to Work For)? [more inside]
posted by Struan on Aug 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Sheryl Sandberg Probably Didn't Have This Problem

How much are COOs paid at small, profitable, private tech firms in Boston? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Is my employer compensating coworkers and myself fairly? Need opinions.

Is my employer compensating coworkers and myself fairly? Need opinions. [more inside]
posted by Snorlax on Jun 11, 2012 - 25 answers

We are musicians, and therefore broke - obviously we should sign any deal we get! Right? NO!!!

Recording an album, and trying to strike a deal with the sound engineer / producer so we don't go broke. Are we signing in to a good deal or a bad deal? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Salaried game artist in CA - what's the law for overtime?

I need to figure out if my coworkers and I are owed overtime pay. I'm getting conflicting information everywhere I go, and if I need to refer to a lawyer in the end so be it. Maybe you guys can help though... We're salaried video game artists in California. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 18 answers

How to find out if stock options in a job offer are competitive?

I've been offered a job by a Silicon Valley startup. The salary and benefits are good, but how do I know if the stock options are "market rate" for this position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 - 13 answers

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