I applied for an internal job role on the same team and did a full round of interviews to upgrade from engineer 2 to senior engineer and got the offer.

I've always had the mindset that I negotiate and always have, but this situation is odd to me since it's an internal promotion for something I actually applied for. Given it's also for the same exact team, what is the best way to approach this? Should I reach out to my manager before reaching out to recruitment my thoughts? I don't currently have backup offer.

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    What exactly are you trying to negotiate? Do you want a better salary/benefits than what was offered? – sf02 Oct 15 '20 at 18:39

Should I reach out to my manager

Reach out to your manager first. Who knows, maybe they promoted you and forgot to tell you. Even if they haven't your manager is your first point of contact for stuff like this.

I don't currently have backup offer.

And maybe you should just stop at your manager. Some companies are hurting for cash during COVID-19, which means any promotion will get delayed. Right now is the time to shelter-in-place, both literally, and with your career.

You earned a promotion but making a lot of noise right now about advancement (and the likely pay raise) is likely to draw the wrong kind of attention to you.

What I would do

During a 1-on-1 with your manager ask about the promised promotion. Don't make threats or get pushy - just ask for your manager's opinion as to the timeline. If it doesn't work for you then start job-searching.

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    I don't see anything in the question that implies that OP did not get change Eng 2 -> Senior Eng or not going to get compensation adjusted to match new "level". It sounds like they asking what other things to negotiate (maybe ask for relocation bonus or some other random bonus or some bigger salary change I guess)... You may want to clarify what exactly you are answering. – Alexei Levenkov Oct 15 '20 at 20:31
  • just an update - I negotiated without talking to manager first and did indeed increase the base. Thanks for the tips – Ryan Oct 21 '20 at 15:14

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