Answers to Your Top 12 Executive Compensation Questions


BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of negotiating executive compensation, featuring John Ryan, from TRANSEARCH.

Some of the questions asked included:

  • How does one figure out the salary he/she deserves?
  • How should I approach negotiating compensation while going for a new job?
  • Is it appropriate to share my current compensation objectives during the interview process?
  • How should I go about researching executive-level salary figures to prepare for a negotiation?
  • Is it true that one should never accept the first offer? If so, why is that?
  • Could my current employment status impact the level of compensation I can get?
  • What should I expect when it comes to long-term incentives, like stock options, profit sharing, etc?
  • How should I go about negotiating intangible benefits, such as flex-time, paternity leave, etc?
  • Any advice for how I should go about asking for a raise?
  • What trends are you seeing in compensation at the executive level? Are certain roles seeing increases?
  • Is it best to negotiate an employment contract and severance package while negotiating my compensation?
  • And more


If you missed it, catch up on all the excellent advice that was given in the Storify transcript below.

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