How to respond to lowball offer?

Google AstroY
Sep 27 23 Comments

Got an offer that is less than what I made as an intern this past summer. When I told the recruiter that I was making 20k more as an intern she goes "unfortunately the salary is going to be non-negotiable."

Like Jesus why did you tell me at the beginning that your salaries were competitive? They are also unwilling to give me more time consider the offer (only giving 2 weeks).

It is the only offer I have at his point, but I'm going to turn it down because I'm expecting a return offer that is at least 2.5 times this lowball offer.

How do I politely tell her that the salary might be competitive with rates in India but in the US this is not competitive at all?

Offer: 75k cash (might be some bonus). General Motors.

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  • Stripe zxco
    You should have known gm pays no where close to Bay Area tech... wasted effort on your end.
    Sep 27 5
    • Google AstroY
      OP
      I'm a new grad + Gm owns cruise, I thought I might be able to work on autonomous vehicles or something cool.
      Sep 27
    • Google AstroY
      OP
      Refer me to stripe?
      Sep 27
    • Facebook Hodinkee
      You need to interview with Cruise, not GM
      Sep 27
    • Google AstroY
      OP
      Refer me to fb?
      Sep 27
    • Facebook Hodinkee
      I only refer people I know, but I’m sure someone will do this happily.
      Sep 27
  • eBay d hi jyds
    Just tell them thank you for the offer but you’ll have to decline it as you had a significantly higher offer elsewhere. They will understand and they would do the same exact thing.
    Sep 27 0
  • You’ve discovered what offers look like outside of tech hubs from non-tech companies. This is a competitive offer for the type of engineers they’re looking for, which clearly isn’t you.

    Say no and set your sights higher for the next company.
    Sep 27 0
  • Snapchat bFCN68
    Don't simply reject an offer unless you signed another one and have a starting date coming up. Sign the low-ball offer, then wait till the last day before you would start and only then reject. Always hedge your positions, always delay making such decisions.
    Sep 27 5
    • Google AstroY
      OP
      Refer me to snap?
      Sep 27
    • Snapchat bFCN68
      DM me
      Sep 27
    • Google AstroY
      OP
      Thanks! Bought some blind money just to dm you haha
      Sep 27
    • Snapchat bFCN68
      Woot?
      Sep 27
    • New
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      You're feeding Blind
      Sep 28
  • Apple magikarp16
    Well. Turn it down after two weeks. Tell them you support the UAW and cannot work for GM based on how they treat their workers.
    Sep 27 1
    • Google AstroY
      OP
      Oh. I hear apple treats their workers pretty well. Refer me to Apple?
      Sep 27
  • PayPal insrtName
    Hey @Blind, this says I deleted my own comment but I didn’t
    Sep 27 2
    • Apple magikarp16
      repost
      Sep 27
    • PayPal insrtName
      I just said he should respond to lowball offer with laughter
      Sep 27
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    • Google AstroY
      OP
      I was polite over the phone because you never know, she might end up as a recruiter at a decent company one day.
      Sep 27
  • Microsoft / Eng InsideGate
    Bro it is gm. Lol forget it
    Sep 27 0
  • New lbvkdss
    It is GM, you should know they don't pay. Don't go there. It will poison your resume
    Sep 27 0
  • Rexel eddard
    Just politely said there are other opportunities you would like to explore and is unable to commit to the current offer.
    Sep 27 0

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