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Old 29.12.2011, 15:22
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What do you think? [Salary question - Sales Manager]

I recently gave a couple of interviews for a multinational company for a position of Sales Manager and hit the jackpot. I was wondering what could be a good number for negotiating a salary on. Though I always gave diplomatic answers in the interviews and never mentioned a number, soon there will be a time, where I need to mention it or negotiate on it. And I wanna be prepared with the right numbers.

I have an experience of 6 years and an MBA from one of the best universities in Switzerland. My previous profile was on the same line. I drew 130K + Sales Commission per year for another multinational organization. What do you think should be a number I should stick to ? Base = 150 K + Commission ?? Is it a bit too much ?

Earlier my cantons were like those of Geneva, where tax was relatively high. Now it is Zurich, where tax is relatively lower. Should that be considered as well. I just want to know from your experience what should be my base so I dont go over/under board.
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Old 29.12.2011, 15:36
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Re: What do you think ?

Your employers to be will surely be aware of your previous salary and thus realise, you would think, that your looking for a step up and acknowledge a step up in salary is normal in these circumstances, assuming your leaving current position for new one. If you are merely out of work through dismissal or redundancy or other then your negotiation angle will be reduced.

There are then many variables as to whether the commission percentages are comparable and also on comparable sales values.
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Old 29.12.2011, 21:32
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Re: What do you think ?

Thanks. And m sure the HR knows as well.

I just wanted to know what should my approach be.

Any other thoughts ???

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Your employers to be will surely be aware of your previous salary and thus realise, you would think, that your looking for a step up and acknowledge a step up in salary is normal in these circumstances, assuming your leaving current position for new one. If you are merely out of work through dismissal or redundancy or other then your negotiation angle will be reduced.

There are then many variables as to whether the commission percentages are comparable and also on comparable sales values.
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Old 29.12.2011, 23:07
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Re: What do you think ?

Taxes - Advisors/Accountants / Cantonal Offices / ZH Tax forms / Expat US Taxes

http://www.lohnrechner.bfs.admin.ch/...d.aspx?lang=de
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Re: What do you think ?

Tht is pretty helpful

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Re: What do you think? [Salary question - Sales Manager]

Hi,

tax % does not play any role in negotiations; the taxation comparison between Geneva and Zurich is irrelevant for the company, it is only relevant to you personally. You may choose to live in Germany and commute (and pay taxes in Germany), or you may choose to live in Kanton Zug and commute (where taxes are lower).

I think you should:
  • aim for the increase in your salary, since you are moving up in the carreer.
  • they want you, so you are the best candidate. Hence, asking for an increase from the previous package is reasonable.
Good luck! And thanks for sharing the salary info, btw. It doesnt sound unreasonable, but I am not having enough experience in CH to assess that.

Cheers!
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Re: What do you think? [Salary question - Sales Manager]

Thx M

Info is useful. I will apply it when the final discussions of this topic takes place. Probably it wont that painful discussion anyways. we both need each other i guess

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Hi,

tax % does not play any role in negotiations; the taxation comparison between Geneva and Zurich is irrelevant for the company, it is only relevant to you personally. You may choose to live in Germany and commute (and pay taxes in Germany), or you may choose to live in Kanton Zug and commute (where taxes are lower).

I think you should:
  • aim for the increase in your salary, since you are moving up in the carreer.
  • they want you, so you are the best candidate. Hence, asking for an increase from the previous package is reasonable.
Good luck! And thanks for sharing the salary info, btw. It doesnt sound unreasonable, but I am not having enough experience in CH to assess that.

Cheers!
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