I'm a senior analyst at a boutique IB and have just received a senior analyst offer to join a top EB with a non-negotiable start date of 5th January.
At my current firm our bonuses are paid in January legit TWO f*cking weeks after the EB offer start date.
I want to accept but I don't want to have worked the past 12 months to miss out on my bonus by only 2 weeks which I expect to be around $100k.
I tried to push back the start date but they won't budge they said they need someone now as they're currently dying with so much work and the 5th January date is just to allow for our notice period.
At the same time I've been recruiting for the past 2 years to move to an EB and this has been the only offer I've received so I'm not confident I'd get another offer if I reject it.
I asked if they could pay out a sign-on bonus to make up for me losing my bonus but they said no and they have just paid their bonuses out so I'd have to wait the full year to get a bonus there.
Would appreciate any advice.
EDIT: one thing I forgot to mention is that although bonus is only two weeks after, pushing back the start date would mean a 6+ week push back due to my notice period i.e. I would have to resign after my bonus is received and my notice period would start then