salary

is a salary request 40% over the max enough to rescind an offer?

A reader writes: We recently made an offer to a candidate and I wanted to get your thoughts on what you would have done in this situation. Throughout the process, the recruiter shared the salary band and that the maximum was not flexible, and the candidate confirmed the amount that worked for them multiple times. […]

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why do companies lead candidates on about salary?

A reader writes: I recently had a bizarre interview experience. I applied for a job that’s the same title as the one I currently hold, at another company that’s similar in many ways to my current one. I had a phone interview with the person who would be my boss at the new company that […]

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is being salaried a scam?

A reader writes: I’m at the highest hourly position in my company. Most upward mobility for me at this point is becoming salaried, and as I’ve explored it, I am perplexed. As an hourly employee, I’m generally not working more than 42 hours on any given week. I get two 15-minute breaks and a half […]

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I got promoted, but I can’t get a fair salary

A reader writes: I was hired as an entry-level, salaried employee five years ago. After less than a year, a new position was created for me – not a promotion or lateral move, but an entirely new position, one with a different expertise. The salary for my original position was average, and my salary adjustment […]

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our staff aren’t underpaid but think they are

A reader writes: I work at a nonprofit with about 200 staff. Staff constantly bring up how underpaid they are and ask for bonuses, cost-of-living increases, better benefits, everything. They take up a lot of meeting time talking about it, send all-staff emails, badger the board, send nasty emails to any committee that has anything […]

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can I refuse more work without a raise?

A reader writes: Is there a diplomatic way to tell my manager I won’t be taking on extra responsibilities until I’m given a promotion and raise? I have a good relationship with my management team and truly do like my job, but I also want to draw boundaries and make sure everyone’s expectations are aligned. […]

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