Troubled for a job question
June 26, 2016 5:49 PM   Subscribe

I got a job with a super nice relocation assistance. They pay me very very well. I accepted the position. But they hire more people.

I got a job with a super nice relocation assistance. They pay me very very well. I accepted the position. But they hire more people. They can get all the skilled help that they can.
Now they updated them their job description and they mention a Sign on bonus on ALL hires that start in July and August 2016.
My question is now is it worth bringing this on now or just wait for the first day and give that piece of paper to the HR lady and ask her if this qualifies for me ?
I do not want to sound money hungry
They are giving me already so much including a job for my husband
But hey, do you just leave a sign on bonus because you are scared to ask?
Their new add says this assistance is for ALL new hires in July and August
Any thoughts?
posted by barexamfreak to Work & Money (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
If you have documentation that says "bonus on ALL hires that start in July and August", then I'd print it and save it, and ask about it in a letter - including this text, and underline "that start in July".

Definitely ask about it. If they are hiring a _lot_ of new people, then maybe they plan to let some of them go? If you are moving, then I'd be very sure you are compensated completely.

Plus, if you stick out, maybe you'll stick out for being the smart one. Plus, you can ask in a _nice_ way, so you'll stick out for being skillful at being nice at the same time as being assertive.
posted by amtho at 5:56 PM on June 26, 2016


My question is should I ask when I get there or now?
posted by barexamfreak at 6:08 PM on June 26, 2016


And they are definitely not letting anyone go. We are very skilled people in the medical field. Their work volume tripled overnight. They are booming!
posted by barexamfreak at 6:09 PM on June 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


I can't figure out when you were hired? What month?
posted by futz at 6:12 PM on June 26, 2016


Well I accepted position in May. I agreed to move in August. So I am starting in August.
posted by barexamfreak at 6:13 PM on June 26, 2016


Wait until you are starting and you have documentation of your start date--
Then ask HR "I've become aware of a signing bonus for those of us starting in July and August. How do I file?"
posted by calgirl at 6:24 PM on June 26, 2016 [8 favorites]


Yeah I probably should wait...!ido not want to sound money hungry.
posted by barexamfreak at 6:56 PM on June 26, 2016


I am sure that you will get some good advice here! You are understandably anxious. I would be asking myself the same questions and would want the bonus money too. I feel (gut) that if you make a proper case that you will probably get it. It sounds like they really really need qualified people which is why they ended up offering the additional enticement. Perhaps they are not filling those spots as quickly as they thought; therefore you have a strong case in your favor.

They hired you! They need you. I believe that even if the bonus doesn't include the time frame that you were hired, it does include the start date that applies to you. I feel like you are in a good position. I hope so. Good luck.
posted by futz at 7:14 PM on June 26, 2016


Ask before you move and start the job.

The worst they can say is, "No, it doesn't apply to you for [REASON]."

If you move all the way there and start the job, you've already given up all your leverage and almost certainly won't get the bonus. Employers know employees want money, that's why they offer salaries. It's not "money hungry" to ask before you start, just smart negotiating and looking out for yourself.
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:35 PM on June 26, 2016 [8 favorites]


Yeah, agreeing that you shouldn't worry about sounding "money hungry". That's how far yoo many people cheat themselves out of good salaries and bonuses. This is a job, and you are doing it to be compensated monetarily. The myth of working for job satisfaction is what screws people out of money.

I agree that now is the time to ask, when you have some leverage. Especially if your sector is booming.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 9:00 PM on June 26, 2016 [4 favorites]


Yes, now before you lose all leverage. You will never be in a better position to ask.
posted by xammerboy at 9:27 PM on June 26, 2016 [3 favorites]


Call them and ask now. August will be too late.
posted by Kwadeng at 1:26 AM on June 27, 2016


This is a job, and you are doing it to be compensated monetarily.
Seconding this so hard. You can get fulfillment and enjoyment from your job, but you are there for the money and no one thinks otherwise. It is not greedy to acknowledge that. You are not taking money from anyone's pocket when asking for a signing bonus. If you acted annoyed or angry after they said No, that would be inappropriate, but simply asking is not inappropriate at all.
posted by soelo at 8:07 AM on June 27, 2016


Yeah I probably should wait...!ido not want to sound money hungry.

Wait, what?? You need to recalibrate your thinking. This is your profession. You get paid for your work. Money isn't a dirty little secret nobody discusses.

You should absolutely contact HR immediately, tell them you're recently aware of the signing bonus, and ask how to ensure you get that.

They'll either tell you how to get it or that you don't qualify because of x, y and z.
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 8:27 AM on June 27, 2016


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