Years back I was recruited for a job at a major Tier 1 Internet Service Provider.
I had been brought in to interview for a senior level position.
Salary expectations were discussed upfront before I even walked in the door.
The human resource manager and hiring manager had both assured me we were good.
I met with the CTO.
I met with the VP of Technology.
I met with the VP of Hosting.
I met with the VP of Networking.
And I’m sure they threw in some additional VP’s for me to meet with.
The last person I met with that day was one of the senior engineers that worked there.
We had a really good conversation.
At the end of the conversation he said…
Do you mind if I ask what your salary expectations are?
I told him I wasn’t comfortable sharing that information with him directly.
He then proceeded to explain to me how much him and the other senior people made.
It was significantly less then I had discussed with the HR manager.
As a matter fact it was 50% less.
We wrapped up the interview.
I was provided a nice walk through of the facilities and the amenities all of which were top notch.
When I arrived home the HR manager called me to see how things had gone.
I shared with her my last conversation of the day and the salary disparity that was shared with me.
She said, “that person should have never told you that.”
To which I asked.
Is it true?
She reluctantly answered.
And then she tried to explain her way out of our prior conversation and my conversation with the hiring manager.
I told her I wasn’t interested in the position and that I felt it was very dishonest the way they had shown interest with no intent of actually paying me what I was worth.
Two weeks later I was offered and accepted a position with another Tier 1 Internet Service Provider at my desired rate.
C’est la vie.