(Closed) Need your help again bees (career saga)

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Do you currently make $43 an hour, or did you mean to write $43,000?

I would get specifics about the benefits.  Otherwise, that’s not worth the longer drive, especially with a potentially unreliable vehicle.  

Post # 4
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d normally say don’t ever take a pay cut, but considering you hate your job, it’s not a huge pay cut (may be an acceptable opportunity cost for a better job you don’t despise).

I’d inquire about benefits, etc. before making a decision, but I’m inclined to say go for it.  The pros seem to outweigh the cons in my opinion.  Did they ask you how much you make? Maybe you could bump them up to at least $43k

Post # 5
1330 posts
Bumble bee

It depends on what your message was in the interview. If you said how much you are interested in the opportunity, and this is your goal, then going back and fighting for forty cents may not be on par with your message.


In my experience as a recruiter, I think it is far better to ask for a salary review at three months/six months after you have proven your worth, than request all the cash upfront.


It keeps the focus on you, and the great things you are going to bring to the table, not the bitter thought of “That girl haggled over forty cents an hour” every time they see you.

ETA: You are well within your rights to ask to see the whole package, including vacation, s oyou can make an informed decision. Also check out company reviews on glassdoor.com, and look at their linkedin company profile, to see how many people have left/stayed and the career paths of other people.

Companies want to fill a role. They are selling you-so its buyer beware.

Post # 8
3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

isn’t $20 an hour $40,000 for a 40 hour work week?  Would you be working more than 40 hours a week?

Post # 11
2224 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

If you hate your current job, wouod you pay 1k to have a very close salary and a happier life, and also get out before your misery gets you canned? I say go for it, girl!! Its only $.40 an hour which as mentioned previously you can negotiate for in a few months!

I think you could ask about the bennies. If thats make or break. Remember to weigh it against your displeasure of your current job.

Post # 12
3059 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I would have a conversation about this. Explain that your currently at 43 & would like to maintain that. One convo about it should not turn them off- it’s completely normal and I think expected. I have negotiated at every single position I’ve had and always got more than initially offered. You’re asking for less than $5k so it should be fine. The only way I can see them refusing is if the position is already capped out at $41600. 

Absolutely ask about benefits. This should all be presented to you as a package!

Post # 13
5758 posts
Bee Keeper

How much is your happiness and peace of mind and chance for potential growth worth? I’d say way more than $.40 an hour, wouldn’t you? If you were considering a lateral move, I wouldn’t do it for a lower salary or even an exact match, but this one is what you’re most interested in doing, and everybody has to ‘pay their dues’ in the work place.

In the long run, this new job sounds like it has everything you’re looking for, and if you really want it, it’s worth the risk. You can only move up, right?

Post # 14
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

40 cents less is worth your happiness… and that isn’t going to be forever. When your probation period ends, you can ask for that 40 cents!

Post # 16
1330 posts
Bumble bee

@jpalm13:  Awesome!

Counter offers can be tricky negotiated on your own, if anything, meet them half way if you do.

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