Has anyone encountered a situation where they are not able to negotiate anything after receiving an offer? If so, how did you handle it? Walk away? The company that I am trying to negotiate with is not willing to budge at all in terms of salary after saying that there was flexibility in terms of price point.

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I walked. They barely budged on an already lowball base and they wouldn’t budge on equity (below market offer) or bonus percentage (also below market). The inflexibility spoke volumes to me.

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It can happen. Walk away? Well, if you really want what you’re not getting, sure. I wouldn’t walk away out of principle, though.

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Evaluate the offer and decide whether it is worth it to you. They have evaluated you and determined your worth to them—do the same and make a determination. It’s not unheard of at all for companies not to negotiate. Even when they do negotiate, a lot of times the movement is nominal. As the poster above said, don’t walk away on principle alone—there’s no sense in that.

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I respect the move, if they really won’t budge, it means they gave you their best and final offer. Which saves you the hassle of haggling. The offer should be viewed independently of whether or not it came after you asked for more, in my opinion.

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They know they have the leverage since everyone wants to go in-house.

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If they aren’t willing to budge on salary, try negotiating a higher target bonus, obtain RSUs, or see if they’d be willing to give you a signing bonus. That can make up for the lack of base salary you intended. You have to decide whether you want to stay where you are, take the offer as-is (if they’re set on everything) or keep looking. G’luck!

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Also, feel free to post your yoe, current tc, type of company (FAANG, FortuneXXX, regional, etc.), and offer tc. Others can weigh in on whether it’s a good offer.

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Not sure what type of company but some have very tight salary bands they can’t move from. Were they unwilling to budge on everything or just base? Hard to say whether you should walk away without knowing more. If it’s a fair offer and you want the job I’d take it.

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Offer is 165K in the metro DC area. Privacy and health space. 4 yoe. Estimated bonus is between 12-19 percent. I have been told during the interview process that salaries and titles are rarely changed despite years served at the company. Not FAANG, but a well-known company in this space.

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I agree that this isn’t a bad offer. I had an offer in DC for180 and 8% bonus and I had 9 YOE; the company also told me my offer was significantly higher than anyone else had ever been given who was not a manager in the legal dept. Four years is still very junior in the grand scheme of things.

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I was told there was no negotiating for the salary, but still accepted. I did get an okay for future WFH. So didn’t really have to negotiate, but I wanted the job. I don’t really think negotiating is absolutely necessary if the salary and job are what you want but people probably disagree with that

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My offer got rescinded after I tried to negotiate

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A3 that’s a pretty uncommon move for in-house negotiations. It sounds like you were far apart in money but also culture fit. I’m guessing that’s why they rescinded.

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My job didn’t negotiate anything, but I didn’t care because their offer was excellent and higher than what I hoped for. You have to consider the cost of turning them down and continuing to work for your firm and how difficult it may be to get another offer. I wasn’t willing to bet on getting something even comparable.

I just did so and ended up walking away after really considering the overall package against my current compensation and situation. New opportunity was more interesting but less overall comp, but more work generally. So, decided to stay put in my boring but great work/life balance job.

Set your boundaries now. It is unlikely that there will be significant increases once they have you.

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