Considering An Offer
Evaluating A Job Offer
- Compensation is only one factor in an ideal job offer, though it is often considered the most important.
- Check sites like NACE Salary Calculator, Payscale and Glassdoor to determine the range of compensation for similar roles. Then you can compare it to your offer and see if you'd like to negotiate salary.
- Here are some negotiation tips on how to approach the subject with the employer.
- Examine the compensation packet carefully and don't hesitate to ask the HR representative questions about vacation, dental, medical, optical and retirement benefits.
- onsider "perks" such as bonuses, paid lunches, flex time, professional development funding, etc. Use this checklist to assist you with reviewing all the benefits outside of the offered salary.
- On average, Bay Area employees spend approximately one hour commuting daily. If commuting is an issue for you, take this into account in your overall evaluation of the offer. Research whether the employer is accessible via bus, BART, or train/shuttle.
- What will your expected work schedule be? Many companies now offer telecommuting or flexible work hours. Find out what options are open to you and weigh these with your preferred lifestyle.
- Will you be required to work overtime? If so, will you be compensated? Most organizations will not pay overtime for salaried employees but many will offer "comp time" or break-time for project teams.
- If you are expected to work overtime, inquire about how often it will happen; are there peak times for overtime?
- Will your career growth be supported and encouraged? Does the employer have a policy on helping with continuing education costs (a master’s degree, technical training, writing courses, etc.)?
- Is there room to grow within the company? How often will your performance be reviewed and does this include a salary review?
- Will there be opportunities to work on challenging projects that will enable you to use skills and abilities that best reflect your strengths?
- Consider the environment you will be working in: Your boss, co-workers, and the overall focus and drive of a company will greatly impact your happiness, productivity, and success in an organization.
Multiple Job Offers
- Accepting a job offer can be an exciting and happy time. But what happens if you accept a job offer and another better opportunity comes along? Review our student policies and expectations.
- You have made a commitment to an organization. Think about how you would feel if the organization offered you a position and then called you to say “a better candidate became available, and we have decided to hire him/her instead". Reneging on a job offer is no different.
- Silicon Valley is a small place. You never know when you will bump into that hiring manager or recruiter again. Protect your reputation by honoring your commitment.
Updated California Employment Laws
- Under A.B. 168, employers will no longer be able to ask candidates about their salary history. Application documents should no longer include questions about current or prior salaries. Employers will also have to provide the pay scale for a position upon a job applicant's request.
- Under A.B. 1008, employers with at least five workers will be prohibited from considering a job applicant's criminal history until a conditional employment offer is made. Criminal history questions should not be on the job application or asked at the pre-offer stage.
For more detailed information about California's new employment laws, please read the article: 5 Key California Handbook Updates for 2018