My LinkedIn Offer Letter, How To Speed Negotiate?

Nov 27, 2019 10 Comments

Looking for some advice on the next steps in the process after I received my offer letter, details below. SWE, 1.5 YoE, no competing offers.

I need to start negotiations immediately. I already have the numbers that I would sign with. How do you start negotiations? Schedule a call with the recruiter to talk about the offer? Send an email with your request?

Do you immediately tell them your ideal numbers or play cute and let them come up with the first advancement numbers?

The holiday season is making things a bit difficult. The start dates can either be December 16th or January 13th. I would HIGHLY prefer December 16th as LinkedIn has a company wide paid shutdown from December 23 - January 2 and my current employer only gives 2 days off. Because of this I have until December 3, AT THE LATEST, to sign the offer and put in my two weeks notice. Thats next Tuesday. Is it possible to negotiate in this small time frame? Would it be wiser to just push my start date til January to allow for more time/possible money?

Offer Details -
TC: ~186k

Base: 130k
RSU: 175k
Bonus: 10%
Sign On: 10k
Numbers I'd Sign With -
TC: 204k

Base: 140k
RSU: 200k
Bonus: 10%
Sign On: 25k


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TOP 10 Comments
  • WeWork WeEBITDA
    If you have your ideal number and you’re sure it’s a good deal, hypothetically if you want $10000 more:

    Ask for $13500
    They’ll counter with ~$8000
    Ask for $11500
    They’ll counter with $9000
    Ask for $10525 or some exact number that’s slightly higher than your asking
    They’ll either give you $10500 or $10000

    Strategy: 35%, 15%, then exact number slightly above 😉

    This is called the Ackerman bargaining formula. It works much better in person or on a call.

    If they gave you the first number you asked for, you aimed too low.
    Nov 27, 2019 0
  • Tumblr Kahh83
    YoE and role ? Any competing offers ?
    Nov 27, 2019 1
  • New h0r4y
    If you have no competing offer then you have no leverage. The only move you have is to give them the ultimatum. Tell the recruiter that if they can offer that much, you can sign and join immediately. But don't tell them about the holiday shutdown reason. Usually recruiters want to close the deal ASAP. But it also depends on the hiring manager.
    Nov 27, 2019 0
  • LinkedIn ldhgehb
    That’s not much of an increase, it should be pretty easy to get imo.
    Nov 27, 2019 2
    • VMware balleigh
      You think just scheduling a call with the recruiter and telling them my sign numbers is a good idea?
      Nov 27, 2019
    • LinkedIn ldhgehb
      The numbers you gave should be well I’m range so I can’t imagine it would be that hard to approve. That said if you actually have no competing offers then they might not budge. Honestly I think you could go higher and ask for like 145-150k base. And more equity, like 220k maybe.
      Nov 27, 2019
  • AOL swNN87
    OP, were you able to reach out to your recruiter ?
    Nov 28, 2019 0
  • Horizon Credit Union Echo55
    Good tips here so I'll just say big congrats and good luck on the negotiations!
    Nov 27, 2019 0
  • LinkedIn aaavp
    Email and call your recruiter ASAP. Everyone is off tmr. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Nov 27, 2019 0


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