I work for a small web development company that has been very good to me.

I started as an intern a year or so ago and have been interning over the summers and contracting during school. Recently they lost a few develops to a new startup and asked me to start coming into office full time.

After a month of coming in, they hired two new interns and placed them under my supervision. I am leading their projects and making great progress on them. I feel like I work very well with the team and even though I am quite junior, I feel I have stepped up to the "plate".

I got approached by one of the two partners and was asked if I would consider going full time as an employee - I was ecstatic to say the least.

My question is - going from an intern to a contractor to a full time employee, how can I negotiate pay and benefits? Am I in a position even?

  • Ultimately, the only answer to any negotiation (of any kind) is that you need other possibilities. You should firmly try to secure another job altogether. If a company offers you X, the only possible way you can say "no thanks" is, if, you have another job lined-up. This is the brutal, unavoidable logic of every negotiation of any type.
    – Fattie
    Jun 7, 2017 at 11:48
  • @Fattie The OP has a simple fallback: "No thanks, I'd prefer to stay as a contractor." Of course, opting for this may limit their options, and contract work is by nature risky. Jun 7, 2017 at 11:56
  • @Fattie Actually the OP is an intern so they probably wont be on a very good day rate as a contractor going full time from intern to FTE should pay more. Jun 7, 2017 at 19:10

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Approach it like any other job offer. Not only are you in a position to negotiate pay and benefits, but you're in a strong position, because the company would much prefer to hire a known good quantity like you than take their chances with a random outsider!

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