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I got a new job and they offered a wage, should I have asked for more?

Asked by jm5225 (253 points ) August 12th, 2010

So I got the exciting phone call that I was chosen for a position at this company. I was very excited cause frankly I would have done anything to get out of my current job and wasn’t about to risk losing this new job. After she told me I was chosen she then discussed the money part of things. I am okay with what they offered and was a little embarrassed to try and negotiate the wage. I feel it is a fair starting wage but did I sell myself short by not trying to ask for a little more, even as far as cents? I didn’t sign anything or finish the deal but did accept her offer. Would it be to late if it is brought up again to say I’ve reconsidered and ask for a little more? What do you guys think? I don’t want to make myself look bad and like I said what was offered did not offend me….but who doesn’t want more money? haha

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MyNewtBoobs's avatar

What kind of job is it? You have a lot more bargaining power if they’re hiring you for VP of Marketing than if it’s an entry-level job that can be filled by dozens of other applicants.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Start off first, get to them and show them how you work. A bit later on you can discuss it. Don’t be in a hurry.

jm5225's avatar

It is just a technical customer service position, but it is level II if that matters. That is why I didn’t feel right asking for more but I am somewhat over qualified for the position.

augustlan's avatar

If you’ve already accepted the position, I don’t think you should go back and ask for more money.

discounthandbags's avatar

If the wage is too low for you ,that you can ask

josie's avatar

A quote from you : I would have done anything to get out of my current job and wasn’t about to risk losing this new job. So it sounds to me like it all worked out OK. Ask for more money in 3 months after you have proven how valuable you are.
...what was offered did not offend me So what is the problem?
...but who doesn’t want more money? What employer wants to pay more money?
I would not attempt to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

BarnacleBill's avatar

There’s always the hindsight that you should have asked for more. If you think it’s a fair salary, and you’ve accepted, then you really can’t go back on what you agreed to unless you are willing to risk losing the job. It would be fair, however, at this point to ask how raises and bonuses are handled. I once accepted a job at what seemed like a great salary, only to find out afterwards that the company never gave raises.

Kayak8's avatar

In this economy with lines of people looking, they can always find someone to do a job for what they offered you. As a manager, I would find it annoying that you didn’t address a concern up front and immediately—it makes you look indecisive and potentially whiny.

I agree with the notion above of show them what you are worth.

mattbrowne's avatar

Asking for more means you need to deliver more, which is fine when you are ready for it.

Cruiser's avatar

It is never too late to ask and inquire about a better compensation package. At the very least you should ask about opportunities for wage increases, bonuses or incentive plans. Be careful though most if not all companies are still reeling from almost 2 years of oppressed business and depressed profits so more than likely there is not any additional funds allocated for higher salaries and may be one of the reasons you were hired at a lower salary. Anyway, good luck with the new job.

john65pennington's avatar

Since you verbally agreed to the offered salary, it’s probably a standing offer. she probably has already started your paperwork as a hired employee. changing now or asking for more money is not recommended. this will set a bad example of you, from the get-go. i would leave it alone be thankful that you are the one that received the phone call and not someone else.

Ron_C's avatar

Some people would bitch if they were hung with a golden rope.

You really need to ignore this obsession and dig into your new job. If you don’t you will soon find yourself back on the street with no money and poorer prospects.

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mrrich724's avatar

As an HR person, I would only consider your request if you had more experience than the other candidates that applied for the job. So it depends, do you think your resume is that strong that they would still want to hire you over a more entry level person who will do the same work for less money. And at this point, you already accepted, so I wouldn’t be able to help but wonder why I would want to give in to your request if I know that the offered amount was satisfactory. I would also wonder if you were the candidate I want considering you haven’t even started day one yet and you are already being fickle and showing signs of indecisiveness and dissatisfaction with your new position.

Also, don’t just decide you want more b/c it “sounds better to you” to earn a certain amount. Look at what comparable job titles/ companies (IN YOUR AREA) are offering, b/c a good company will base their offer on market research. If you are already being offered a salary that is standard for the job in your area (which you probably are, unless they are low-balling you), then think twice before asking (again, unless your resume has the 10 years of experience to back up the request).

iamthemob's avatar

I think @Cruiser is spot on on this one. In terms of current salary, I would be extremely cautious about asking for more now…I feel anyone in the offeror’s position, who had been told that the deal was done and the salary was acceptable, would in the least be really miffed about having to open up negotiations again. And that’s not how you want to start off. On the other hand, inquiring for clarification about opportunities for increased pay (in the future), or benefits and stock option plan participation. These are ways to increase your salary without having to pay out right away, and the more these are coordinated with long-term benefits to the company, the more likely companies may look like good investments.

Also, a less-than-satisfactory salary may actually be a benefit to you. The problem with getting excess salary is that generally we adjust our cost of living up to match it. This has the effect of locking you in to the job to pay for the life, and also in a way makes you psychologically invested in the position (e.g., we get the impression that it’s more valuable). So if for some reason the new job is less than it appears to be now, you should have less conflict in a decision to leave.

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