I'm a Sr & my cw is mid level, I have 2 more yrs of experience. We've been partners for 2 yrs and we're interviewing at an agency that doesn't have Jr,mid,Sr & are really precious about acd title, likening them to CDs.

At other places we've talked to we'd get respective promotions and raises but this agency wants to bring us in as a senior team. We don't have the same salary now and I'd feel a bit stiffed if they offer us the same salary.

Am I an asshole for feeling this way? Wwyd?

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Why does it matter that your salary should be higher than your partner's? Evaluate the salary as if it's just you applying as an individual. If it happens to be the same for your partner, then you're helping to raise your partner up. If it's a salary that you wouldn't be satisfied with, then either negotiate it higher, or tell your partner you can't take that job because it's not high enough for you. If you're only happy making more than your partner, then you're not a very good partner.

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Not all creatives are created equal. Teams are the strongest when you leverage each others strengths. Maybe carve out the things you don’t want to do or you don’t do well and push them to do it so you don’t feel total inequity and you are doing what each of you does best.

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Yes. It’s not that you’re making less money, they’re making more money. If the salary they’re offering both of you is one you’d be happy with be happy and if not you shouldn’t take it anyway.

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If they’re a good partner than it shouldn’t matter. Finding a partner to move with is tough. If you’re getting the money you want then do it.

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I was partnered with an ACD for a bit and we tried applying together. On calls with recruiters, she would take the lead when asked if we’d like to discuss salary together or separately, saying “if we’re working on the same things, we should be paid the same.” She was bringing me up in salary - I wasn’t bringing her down. In the end it didn’t work to move together bc our years of experience differed too much on paper (5-6 years diff) but she was a real one and I still appreciate that. As long as you’re not making less bc of them, and your partner is pulling their weight, who cares.

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Yea, they rarely pull weight outside of creative deliverables. There's so much other work involved and I was doing the bulk of it. I've had to ask on numerous occasions for help responding to emails, providing feedback, etc. Like if I didn't do it myself it wasn't going to get done at all.

I figured those additional years of experience made a difference as to why the workload wasn't evenly split. I didn't love the extra effort I have to make, but it made sense as to why I was making more. That's why I felt a bit jipped at the thought of making the same amount. Not because I want to "keep them back" or anything like that but because I do significantly more work (which they've acknowledged)

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