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Old 06-25-2013, 09:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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I just got a call from a medical group company (marketing position) that I applied to. I was excited to hear from him and then he told me that the salary is tops $47,000!!! Keep in mind that this is pricey Los Angeles and $47,000 doesn't go very far over here. I'm still going through the interview process, but it's really frustrating to hear how little it pays.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:00 PM
 
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At least he told you upfront before you go through the interview process. This gives you a chance to decide whether or not you want to continue to pursue this job. I wish all employers did this, but unfortunately, most don't. I can't tell you how many interviews I've been on where salary was the last thing they told me. If the salaries were terrible, it always angered me because I had then wasted my time going through the whole interviewing process when if I knew beforehand what the salary was, I would've not wasted so much time. Unfortunately, the rule is that you don't ask about salary upfront. It's always supposed to be the last thing asked in the interview.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:02 AM
 
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At least he told you upfront before you go through the interview process. This gives you a chance to decide whether or not you want to continue to pursue this job. I wish all employers did this, but unfortunately, most don't. I can't tell you how many interviews I've been on where salary was the last thing they told me. If the salaries were terrible, it always angered me because I had then wasted my time going through the whole interviewing process when if I knew beforehand what the salary was, I would've not wasted so much time. Unfortunately, the rule is that you don't ask about salary upfront. It's always supposed to be the last thing asked in the interview.
yeah, i've had a phone interview and 2 in person interviews (which i had to drive 8 hours to) at the place i'm waiting to hear back from now, and salary still hasn't come up. i have a feeling it will be at least adequate, and i do know that the benefits are amazing (100% employer paid medical, etc). but i would really like to know! i guess i will soon if they make me an offer, but geez. why waste everyone's time, yknow?

i would have just asked before the second interview if i hadn't already been planning to be in the area. and some employers are fine with telling you if you ask, but i've also had communication totally cut off for asking (in order to decide whether to spend money and time and time off from work coming out to interview). ridiculous. it's like you're supposed to pretend that you're working just for the joy of it and the money you make has no relevance to your decision.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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At least he told you upfront before you go through the interview process. This gives you a chance to decide whether or not you want to continue to pursue this job. I wish all employers did this, but unfortunately, most don't. I can't tell you how many interviews I've been on where salary was the last thing they told me. If the salaries were terrible, it always angered me because I had then wasted my time going through the whole interviewing process when if I knew beforehand what the salary was, I would've not wasted so much time. Unfortunately, the rule is that you don't ask about salary upfront. It's always supposed to be the last thing asked in the interview.

^^^This.

And I also wish more employers would be more upfront about this.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:59 PM
 
Location: On the corner of Grey Street
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Ouch!! In LA?? I wish jobs would post the salary range when they post all the other details about the position. It would save all parties a lot of time. I found some jobs that sounded fantastic, but the pay was lower than I willing to accept.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:50 PM
 
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Happened to me once in 2009. I interviewed to be the General Manager of a Hotel Gift Shop in a high end Hotel in the city. This was a Hotel store that made several million dollars for the hotel and had the potential to do much more. This was in New York City. I had a great first interview and at the end she volunteered the salary range which would be between $40-45k. I was shocked. In NYC? This wasn't a $500k business on Long Island. I passed.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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I am fortunate in that in sales they usually say upfront, or it's not frowned on to ask. I ask them the range and tell them the min I will consider for base.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:41 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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I am fortunate in that in sales they usually say upfront, or it's not frowned on to ask. I ask them the range and tell them the min I will consider for base.
I interviewed yesterday and found the interviewer to be rather dry and humorless. My heart wasn't really in it, so just basically went for the experience and to milk industry info from him. It's hard to live on $47,000 gross in Los Angeles. An illegal gets better pay than that.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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I interviewed yesterday and found the interviewer to be rather dry and humorless. My heart wasn't really in it, so just basically went for the experience and to milk industry info from him. It's hard to live on $47,000 gross in Los Angeles. An illegal gets better pay than that.
I agree I grew up in OC, CA.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:00 PM
 
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I interviewed yesterday and found the interviewer to be rather dry and humorless. My heart wasn't really in it, so just basically went for the experience and to milk industry info from him. It's hard to live on $47,000 gross in Los Angeles. An illegal gets better pay than that.
If you're a single person you can certainly live OK on 47K a year in LA.

And be thankful they told you up front what the pay was. Nowadays salaries seem to be a big mystery.
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