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Need help with negotiating couple of offers

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Anonymous User at Taro Community10 months ago

Hi, I got offers from early stage startup, mid stage startup and established companies. I need to know how I should negotiate between these three to get the best offer for myself. The offer is for location based in india

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    10 months ago

    Can you share details of your offers along with what your priorities are? Have you already gone through the existing negotiation content? https://www.jointaro.com/topic/negotiation/

    If you're nervous about revealing each offer here, ping me on the Taro Premium Slack.

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    10 months ago

    We hopped on a call and talked. Congrats on getting some very impressive offers -- 80 lakhs per annum in India translates to USD$100K/year! Here's some of the advice I shared:

    • You should negotiate only after you have the offer (you were in the final stages with some companies). Once you have the offer, you're one of the few people who has made it through the interview process, so you have some leverage.
    • Some of the companies you have offers from are private, and some are public. Make sure you understand the valuation of the company for which the equity (ESOPs) are being offered. The recruiter saying "the stock options are worth 20 lakhs over 4 years" doesn't mean much if you don't know your entry price. You should demand this information.
    • In India, seems like it's far more common for recruiters to demand previous compensation (including payslips) from your previous role. You should decline this if at all possible.
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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    10 months ago

    Another thing we talked about is how to think about work/life balance. You should ask to talk to engineers and managers on the team. Ask them to think about where they spent their time (and how many hours) in the past week.

    Also, evaluate where company alum go -- do they start companies, join startups, go to Big Tech, or are there lots of "lifers"? This can help you evaluate if it's a good fit.