hi all,

i just graduated as an undergrad from a semi-target school (top 15 LAC) on the west coat and have an offer with a large Asset Management firm on the west coast to join their fixed income team as an analyst. essentially gonna be doing some portfolio analysis..research.. the usual.

given the A) terrible job market and B) its an entry level position, i'm wondering whether or not it would be ok to negotiate my offer?

as it stands its $64K base but they were very vague with bonus only saying that it is based on my performance?

anyone have any thoughts? i think base is fine but should i try to get more clarity with regards to bonus? i was always under the impression the company gave you a range vs just saying its based on performance.

thanks all!

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Analyst comp is set. No negotiating.

Regarding you point on the awful job market.... if you do not accept your contract, why should the company not move on to the next hungry, qualified candidate who would get a job any other year.

No negotiating.

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No negotiation. They will think you're a prick (and so would I).

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"Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, bait the hook with prestige." - Paul Graham


thanks for the advise guys.

the main reason why im bringing this up is because from what i've heard from friends of mine working at the AM firm, you should never take the first offer as their HR is known for giving a low initial offers... thoughts?

again, im not really trying to get more added onto my base, but more concerned about bonus and getting more clarification with regards to that.


Well I knew a guy who knew a guy...who once was able to increase his offer. The ONLY way you can negotiate an offer is if you have more than one offer that is higher than the others, even then it might tough especially in this environment.


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