I am speaking to a few different firms and have recently received an offer. However, I have found out that the turnaround was fairly quick and they were willing to get the offer on the lower end of my range.
However, I am a little surprised that they were not willing to give me a week to decide (although I know internal recruiters may be pushing to close as quickly as possible).
I was definitely excited to hear this, and I said I'd be willing to work on this (but they only gave me the weekend to decide).
However, I called back saying I wanted to speak with former employees as a policy I have whenever I make a decision, and since those are scheduled the following week, I'd like a week to decide.
The recruiter mentioned that he wasn't sure what I'd get out of speaking with other employees (and that there is probably a reason they are not with the firm anymore). Also, he mentioned it seems like I wasn't interested in the role and therefore perhaps they should be looking at other candidates. I was taken aback by this statement, since I try to look at the firm from multiple sources and try to take into account the bias of employees that may have left (which will inevitably be there for anyone who left any firm). However, this seemed somewhat defensive and the pushiness of only giving me less than 3 days left a bad taste in my mouth.
What can I reasonably expect to do in this situation - in terms of salary/comp negotiations, getting the signing pushed back at least a week since my written offer (which hasn't been given, only confirmed verbally)?
Based on getting a decision the very next day, it seems like their turnaround is very quick, and they need other engineers to expand, which I can understand. However, the way the internal recruiter handled this is giving me a red flag.