Great question (Office Space reference for the uninformed). First - we have the data. We've been gathering very specific data on chemical engineering compensation for years now and if you've seen the ChemE Compensation Report, you know that (if you haven't seen it, let us know). So we're looking at your offer with objective eyes, comparing it to the data we have, and benchmarking you against your peers. Next, we're going to make some recommendations in terms of what you should go back to the company with - this has both tactical as well as practical elements to it and we advise you on both. What should you ask for? How do you ask? What kind of verbiage should you use? We continue to work with you until either the deal is done, or you decide to walk away - the outcome is up to you.
Yes, in fact, this service is for people whom we are otherwise not involved with at the moment...meaning, you aren't someone we are representing in the market or representing to one of our clients. If you have conducted your own job search and you have an offer (or are soon getting one), that is exactly the kind of situation we can help with. Essentially, we are working for you - we don't have a relationship to the company and so we are helping you to advocate for yourself.
Generally this process works best if we get the offer letter right away after you receive it. If you do any negotiation prior to engaging with us, there typically isn't much we can do at that point. Also - typically there is a time-factor involved in responding to an offer; so knowing the details as quickly as possible helps us get you timely feedback so you can keep a process moving forward.
Yes. The increases we can get for you might not all be on base salary, but we guarantee at least a 3x ROI (return on investment) and in the majority of cases, we will get you more than 3x ROI.
Payment is due upfront, but we take credit card and if for whatever reason we can meet our minimum threshold for ROI, we will refund the money you've paid us.
That depends. If you have multiple offers, we will help you negotiate all of them for one fee. If you have an offer when you start with us and then get another one within 3 months, that will be one fee as well. Anything longer than that would be an additional fee.
It felt like this item needed some clarification - people that we've placed and employees of our current clients are not eligible for our services. It's nothing personal, we simply want to avoid any conflicts of interest. If you are an employee of a client company of ours, we will politely let you know that we are unable to assist you in this area.
This is part of a broader effort to use our expertise in the industry to help people a) connect with companies that will empower them in their careers and b) help people advocate for themselves. Up to this point - the recruiting model has been fairly rigid: companies pay fees to recruiters to find talent for their open positions. We want to represent the other side as well, and based on the fact that we have gathered considerable data, we believe we can better fulfill the mission of helping people advocate for themselves by providing greater transparency regarding the compensation landscape.