How I Got My Job: Negotiating the Salary You Want

counting changeSalary negotiation can be tough. Once you receive a job offer, how do you know if what you’ve been offered is fair? Should you ask for more money? Or, accept the offer as it stands?

Meet Ranjan Bonthala. He’s an engineer at Google with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, specializing in computer networking. When Ranjan set out on his job search, career opportunities and overall job satisfaction were most important to him. Additionally, being able to negotiate a salary that best fit his skill set and was competitive with multiple offers was key, so he turned to Glassdoor. Here’s how Glassdoor helped Ranjan find a job he loves:Ranjan B

Glassdoor (GD): What type of job were you looking for?

Ranjan Bonthala (RB): I was looking for a job in network engineering. For my next career move, I was keen on joining a team that works on cutting edge or emerging technologies that the entire industry is enthusiastic about.

GD: How did you approach your job search?

RB: Career growth tops my list, so I needed to make sure that the new job satisfies my short term and long term goals. I tried tracking down my old professional connections to see how they advanced in their careers. I used LinkedIn to help me track them and see how they progressed in this industry.

GD: What resources on Glassdoor were most helpful to you during your job search and how did you use them?

RB: Glassdoor has been very helpful to me in four key areas: company reviews, job listings, interviews and salaries (my favorite). Without Glassdoor, I wouldn’t know where to start while negotiating salary.

First, I made a list of the companies I was interested in applying. I then looked for open jobs for those companies on Glassdoor. I applied to the job openings that matched my skillset. Once I got to the phone screen part of the interview process, I had a better idea of what the team was looking for.

After the phone screen, I made my decision based on the Glassdoor reviews for that company. Glassdoor has been very helpful during this phase of job search. The company reviews helped me decide if I wanted to go further with the interview process or not.

Each company has its own approach of interviewing candidates. I tried looking for as much information in the company’s interview reviews on Glassdoor as I could, to make sure I was prepared for every possible scenario.

I had multiple offers. The salaries on Glassdoor helped me compare each of the salary offers and how the competitors pay.

GD: What was the biggest challenge you faced as you started your job search?

RB: My biggest challenge in job search is job satisfaction. There were times where the expectations didn’t match when I talked to people during the interview process. I hope Glassdoor continues to grow and even more people share their experiences to help others during their job search.

GD: What were the most important factors you were looking for in a job?

RB: Job satisfaction tops my list. The more satisfied I am, the more motivated I end up being. Other factors that I remember to consider are:

  • Company growth and vision
  • Individual career growth
  • Great team with great people
  • A challenging environment that pushes me to excel
  • Good recognition and reward for my contributions

GD: How did you find or first hear about Glassdoor?

RB: Sometime in 2010, I had an unofficial offer from a large tech company. I didn’t know what salary to expect, and I was getting ready to negotiate the offer if necessary. I searched on Google and Glassdoor was the first result. From that moment, I have been an ardent fan of Glassdoor. Glassdoor helps people in various industries be more informed and helps them in making good decisions.

Thanks for sharing your story, Ranjan!

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