Current Base Salary Too High for Facebook

New / Eng beesknees
Jul 28, 2017 31 Comments

So I've gone through the entire interview process at Facebook. I was very upfront with the recruiter, before starting the interviews, about my current base salary range. Now they're telling me, after passing the interviews, that my base is "way too high" and that even a $15k hit to my current base is too high. What gives? I was interviewing for a Data Center Operations Engineer position and my current base is $170k with 10 years experience.

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  • Facebook / Eng
    NotMario

    Facebook Eng

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    Microsoft
    BIO
    Not a plumber at all
    NotMariomore
    A base means nothing without the stocks
    Jul 28, 2017 4
    • Facebook / Eng
      NotMario

      Facebook Eng

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      Microsoft
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      Not a plumber at all
      NotMariomore
      That is bullshit. Ask them to give an offer or move on
      Jul 28, 2017
    • F5 Networks vKjY78
      Ask how far too high it is. Get their number. One of my favorite lines is, "Surely you have a budget." If they say yes, then ask what it is. They probably won't tell you, but it moves the conversation away from your current base. If they say no, then you have a red flag and perhaps an opportunity.
      Jul 28, 2017
  • ROCK VIPER ahbA28
    An extra $15,000 is absolutely nothing compared to the value you bring. They're negotiating with you.
    Jul 28, 2017 0
  • Dropbox TradeJoe's
    $170K base for this position is too high. How is the total comp look?
    Jul 28, 2017 0
  • BlackBerry c3por2d2
    Ask them why they feel it is high
    Jul 28, 2017 0
  • Oracle GrjW02
    Move the conversation to total comp
    Jul 28, 2017 6
    • New / Eng beesknees
      OP
      I believe it's 1 year for the vesting. I'm definitely starting to understand the engineering vs operations engineer. I think I'm going to have to walk away from this one, unfortunately. Kind of a bummer since I was looking forward to this opportunity. I was very transparent from the beginning about my salary requirements, and it's after interviewing with everyone they tell me all of this. I'm not too happy with the Facebook recruiter.
      Aug 1, 2017
    • Oracle mooooo
      Make your stand. Tell 20k more than what you are expecting and say its final.
      Aug 1, 2017
  • Facebook Blind4Lyfe
    ^^^ You don't know what level he is coming in at. Depending on how he did in the interview, you may get a different level which have different comp bands.
    Jul 28, 2017 1
    • eBay v3
      this^
      Jul 28, 2017
  • Facebook I agree
    Just don't take the offer if it does not provide the right motivation for you.
    Whatever they consider "too high" is meaningless.
    Your current comp should be meaningless as well, but for them (and apparently it is).
    Jul 28, 2017 0
  • Facebook / Ops
    Covfefe.AF

    Facebook Ops

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    albertsons
    Covfefe.AFmore
    FB's logic is that they try to bring people with similar experience at the same-ish base and total comp to be "fair" to the other team members. They also bring you in at market value. You get more bonus and RSU if you perform better. It's bullshit. Look on Glassdoor and compare your salary with the industry in your area and see if you're inline or higher than industry average for your role. If you are higher than the average, stay where you are cause you likely won't get more than what you make from FB. They're getting more corporate as each day passes.
    Jul 28, 2017 0
  • Facebook AqGo54
    negotiate. enough stories of recruiters trying to low-ball internally
    Jul 28, 2017 0
  • Instacart / Eng uief18
    Negotiate. Just do it.
    Jul 28, 2017 0

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