Why are companies so secretive about salaries?
I really don’t get why companies are so secretive about salaries.
Here’s how I see it:
You post a job.
You’re offering work at your company, for an amount.
I am interested in said work, for an amount.
So if I ask straight up: What’s the amount you are offering?, I am expecting an answer, even a ballpark.
But instead, I get this bullsh*t:
- “Depends on experience”
- “Send me your contact details so we can discuss this”
- “Bla bla bla” — insert a range of avoidance and delaying techniques
What’s the big secret?
You are obviously NOT going to pay over a certain amount, and before talks go any farther, I’d like to know WHAT that amount is to see if it meets MY minimum salary amount.
I’m obviously not going to work for free, so it is in your best interest to entice me with a salary so that I become interested in trading my brain power to work for your company’s money.
Does this not make sense to anyone else?
You can always preface it with: Of course this depends on experience, but here’s the range…
I am smart enough to know that just because you offer me a certain figure it doesn’t mean I’ll get it.
…. just as you should be smart enough to understand that I may (probably will) ask for more money than what you have initially offered.
Bottom line: You have a budget to hire someone. I want to know what it is.
SO WHY ARE WE WASTING TIME?
Maybe I’m too direct / transparent for all of this dancing-around-an-amount crap.