April 6, 2023
Brian Liou
Founder & CEO of Rora; 500+ negotiations completed

LinkedIn & Google Data Scientist Salary Negotiation

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Disclaimer: We’ve anonymized the names to protect our clients confidentiality.

Harold has been working as a data scientist for a couple years in the Bay Area. In recruiting, Harold gets two offers - one from LinkedIn and one from Google. The challenge is that these two offers are coincidentally very similar - they are both ~$190k to $210k in annual compensation but LinkedIn includes a $40K signing bonus.

A common negotiating tactic companies use is a verbal policy that they can only change offers if a higher counter offer is presented. Let’s say you have two offers. Company A’s policy is that they will not increase their offer until you show what Company B is offering. Company B has the same policy, so your best offer is simply the higher of the two.

In this scenario candidates typically feel powerless to do anything, we call this the “Blocked Syndrome.” In Harold’s negotiation, Google applies this tactic. Therefore his intuition is to share the LinkedIn offer with Google. This will only result in a $40K signing bonus from Google and no change in the LinkedIn offer.

LinkedIn also attempts another negotiating tactic, applying arbitrary offer deadlines. After spending some time speaking to his potential LinkedIn team members the recruiter emails Harold:

"I previously mentioned to you our offer deadline was last Friday and since I didn't hear from you the offer expired."

The Results

With LinkedIn being Harold's preferred choice, he is obviously shaken by this response. He considers trying to accept the offer immediately. Using Rora, Harold is able to do three things:

  • Navigate the offer deadline and get a 1 week extension
  • Get LinkedIn to increase their offer without sharing Google’s
  • Stay objective when the negotiation gets stressful from company pressure

Using arguments prepared by Rora, LinkedIn provides an offer that is an 18% increase annually and includes the $40K signing bonus. Harold is happy with this increase and ready to accept the offer. However, Rora has the experience that Harold does not so we advised him to do one final negotiation. With one final script, we helped Harold attain an additional $15K signing bonus to accept the offer which he then accepted. 

Using Rora, Harold increased his offer by 21% in total compensation.

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Disclaimer: We’ve anonymized the names to protect our clients confidentiality.
Brian Liou
Founder & CEO of Rora; 500+ negotiations completed

Brian is the founder and CEO of Rora. He's spent his career in education - first building Leada, a Y-Combinator backed ed-tech startup that was Codecademy for Data Science.

Brian founded Rora in 2018 with a mission to shift power to candidates and employees and has helped hundreds of people negotiate for fairer pay, better roles, and more power at work.

Brian is a graduate of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Over 1000 individuals have used Rora to negotiate more than $10M in pay increases at companies like Amazon, Google, Meta, hundreds of startups, as well as consulting firms such as Vanguard, Cornerstone, BCG, Bain, and McKinsey. Their work has been featured in Forbes, ABC News, The TODAY Show, and theSkimm.

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We've negotiated hundreds of LinkedIn and Google offers over the past year.

Negotiation strategy

Step 1 is defining the strategy, which often starts by helping you create leverage for your negotiation (e.g. setting up conversations with FAANG recruiters).

Negotiation anchor number

Step 2 we decide on anchor numbers and target numbers with the goal of securing a top of band offer, based on our internal verified data sets.

Negotiation execution plan

Step 3 we create custom scripts for each of your calls, practice multiple 1:1 mock negotiations, and join your recruiter calls to guide you via chat.

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