I have been working remotely for several years now. I have found it to be a good experience as I don't have to commute anywhere, and I get to spend a lot more time with the fam.
The company that I am working for is being courted for acquisition by a large company. They do not allow remote working. The pay increase would be great, and having some experience working for this company would be a big help later ofn when I decide to move on.
The problem is, I live in Hawaii. The company in question does not have a location here (on any of the islands). I am loath to relocate permanently as I just bought a home here.
Let us assume that I cannot sway the company to let me continue working remotely. They will not budge.
Do I have any bargaining power (when it comes time for the acquisition I will essentially be interviewing for a job) to do some kind of weekly commute (fly to San Francisco, stay in an extended stay for the week, fly back on Friday) or something like that? I would love to have this job, heck I would beat someone to death with one of their own limbs to get the job, but I cannot move.
If I could bargain my way into some slight concessions on their part, that would be great, but I don't even know if I will have that power. If they are courting us for acquisition, are they obligated to give me some grace period to fall into their paradigm?
I doubt that I will be making enough money to keep the house here and get something in Silicon Valley. Those properties are really expensive, and I can't see having a permanent residence in CA anyhow.
How much can I bargain with? Am I in any kind of position of power?