I’m unemployed until Monday, because i’m starting my new job and wanted a break.
During the interview process, i gave my manager a heads up i was interviewing, because i wasn’t quite a contractor, but i was working for my previous employer more or less through a staffing agency because they can handle all the tax things in the state i live in.
So i gave my manager a heads up i was expecting an offer, and a few days later, i received a verbal offer from hr outlining the job title, salary, bonus and some basics for the total compensation package. I told my manager, and he responded well. First, i got a congratulations, second, i got a “is there a counter offer you would accept, and what is it?”
For context, a month ago that same manager had received authorization from the head of the dept that i could extend my relationship another year, and my relationship wasn’t ending in a couple months. So i had reason to believe, they wanted me.
So my counter offer was some ways i wanted to grow professionally, and a bump in comp to essentially match the verbal offer’s salary + full bonus + CAS dues + 401k matching. that’s about how i came up with the number as the base for an annual salary ask.
My manager relayed my request to the department head. This person was happy to provide the professional growth opportunities, but would not budge on compensation. Why would they do that? My recruiter and family members found it odd, that they would tell me they want me to stay another year, but not increase my salary, at all.
What’s the logic or thought process behind not moving at all on compensation? It’s still fresh, and i haven’t been able to let it go.