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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

How do I decline to negotiate against myself?

HugeCo (not their real name), a once-major freelance client of mine hadn't sent me an assignment in over a year. They recently asked for a quote on a job, which I submitted. In response to my quote they're asking me to describe everything I need to do to complete the job to justifies the price I quoted. I need a script to refuse that request, while being positive and moving the negotiation forward on a more productive tack. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Jan 27, 2014 - 14 answers

Negotiating a Job Offer

I have been offered a position with a company but they have low-balled the offer and downgraded the title (in my opinion). I have drafted an email response (which he encouraged since he is on vacation) and would love for the awesome brain trust to offer some thoughts! [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Jun 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Should I mention salary discussions in an interview thank you note?

Yesterday, I had a third interview with the same company and I want to send a followup note today. The interview went well until we got to salary discussions. I was caught off guard and did not respond as well as I should have. I already know I should have had her give me numbers first, but like I said, I was caught off guard when she asked me how much I was expecting. I told her what I made in my last position, which was in a very expensive city and now I’m in a small Midwestern city. I knew as the number was coming out of my mouth that I was saying the wrong thing. [more inside]
posted by shoesietart on May 2, 2013 - 12 answers

Decisions, decisions, decisions

I'm a soon-to-be college graduate and I have two job offers, one from a large company and another one from a smaller company. I'm also interviewing with two other companies, one of which I happen to really like. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by movicont on Mar 11, 2013 - 19 answers

How do I approach contract negotiation without making things really tense?

What are some common "win-win-style" tactics or phrases used during contract negotiation to get portions changed/removed? From time to time I need to write or talk about those issues without escalating any tensions. [more inside]
posted by circular on Aug 19, 2012 - 11 answers

I'd love to work here...in two months.

I have an interview tomorrow. I had a phone interview that went well enough that they’ve asked me to meet other people on the team in person. The job seems like a good fit for my skills and based on what I’ve learned so far, I’d like the job. The issue: I’ve planned a month-long trip for July. [more inside]
posted by shoesietart on May 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Tell me how to ask for much more

What are the words I should use in my salary negotiation? I know what I want and my alternatives, etc. However, I'm going to be asking for a significant percentage increase over the initial offer, and it feels uncomfortable. Give me a script! [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms on Mar 18, 2012 - 21 answers

Asking how to ask for help

What are some demands that can be made of a city (pop 250,000) that would immediately find benefit for 13 homeless people? Extra credit: Consider half these people probably need some mental help but would be pretty likely to refuse it. [more inside]
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh on Jan 5, 2012 - 6 answers

sure, run it into the ground

Which used Volvo wagon should I buy? [more inside]
posted by TheCavorter on Jan 5, 2012 - 16 answers

I'm getting "rear-ended' by an insurance company on an auto accident settlement. Advice please?

No lawyer wants to touch this, so how do I negotiate a settlement with an insurance company on my injury claim for a motor vehicle accident? [more inside]
posted by loquat on Dec 9, 2011 - 21 answers

Negotiating state employee compensation?

How do I negotiate compensation for a state position? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Oct 31, 2011 - 6 answers

I chose you over 10% more money.

I applied to Company's A and B. After about two weeks of interviews and talking to employees of each, Company A seemed better in nearly all respects. I received informal offers from both yesterday, but Company A specified a salary (which was well within the range I was looking for). I told company B this salary, but an hour or two later learned some things that ruled out company B pretty decisively. This morning Company B calls and offers me 10% more than Company A, and stock options (all other benefits being, afaik, equal). I realize I blew my chance at negotiation, but is there a way I can tactfully mention this to my now-employer, Company A? Could I expect them to offer a bit more, or to consider a raise more readily? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus on Jul 8, 2011 - 22 answers

I should be in pajamas right now!

I work in a small landscape architecture company (3 employees). Much of my work is done at the computer. I would like to present my employer with some options to incorporate work-from-home opportunities. Can you point to me resources and/or success stories to help me make a case? [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Jun 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Show me the money, or help me to say no.

My boss wants to fly me from Sydney to Perth to assist in training new employees. Should I ask "What's in it for me?" [more inside]
posted by robotot on May 23, 2011 - 29 answers

Cash vs. Loan from Bank's Perspective

I'm looking at some foreclosed homes in the front-range area of Colorado. There is no shortage of "bank owned" homes in this area, and I happen to have a pretty good chunk of cash and I want to buy a home "outright" with cash, no loan. I was wondering if I could low-ball the asking price of the house, and what would be a reasonable, realistic amount to offer. [more inside]
posted by rougy on Feb 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Negotiating custom car deals

How do I get the best deal when custom-ordering a new car? [more inside]
posted by sharding on Aug 30, 2010 - 7 answers

I want to get my old old car REPAIRED after an accident that the adjusters will likely deem a "total loss" help!

My 1987 Toyota Camry got seriously "injured" today..advice about handling the claim? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Jul 15, 2010 - 15 answers

Seeking second year rent negotiation tips for Menlo Park CA

I'm looking for help negotiating my second year lease renewal monthly rate. How should I hold myself during the negotiation? What should or shouldn't I say? Should I actually go through the trouble of negotiating a lease with an apartment complex across the street, or is it sufficient to quote their price from the advertisement? Also, for a current rent of $1999 and a quote for next year at $2299 what chance is there that I can negotiate $0 increase, $100 increase, $150 increase, etc. [more inside]
posted by pariser on Jul 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Trying to Talk to a Landlord, Episode 372

How can we convince our property manager to fix our leaky roof and is our beloved complex disintegrating? [more inside]
posted by Pamelayne on Jun 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Negotiating rent after a viewing?

I recently applied for an apartment that I saw through a realtor. Then I met with the landlord and they wanted to negotiate the price up. Is this reasonable or not? [more inside]
posted by serathen on Apr 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Real World Salary Negotiation - How do you do it?

Salary negotiation - how to do it? I know that, in theory, you're supposed to get them to talk first. Does that really work? How do you do that without coming off like a jerk? Nowadays, the salary question starts in the first email. I generally deflect this question pretty well, but in the interview when they ask "What salary range are you looking for?" I run out of things to say. How do you answer this question? Give me specific phrases I can use. Based on an earlier AskMe threads, the Noel Smith Wenkle approach works well. On the other hand... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Feb 4, 2010 - 27 answers

Buying a domain name...for the children!

How should my small nonprofit purchase a squatted-on domain name? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jan 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Legal troubles over a decade-old debt to bank

[I am asking this for a friend.] Legal troubles over a decade-old debt to a bank. I am being sued by a law firm representing a collection agency. I would like to find a way to resolve this situation that does not involve hiring a lawyer, since I cannot afford one. I receive income via Social Security Disability. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Feb 13, 2009 - 16 answers

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