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Is it okay to ask for reimbursement even if I got an offer? Yes, that is why they gave you the form before the interview. It's a normal part of their procedures. Whether you got the job or not makes no difference.


128

This sounds like a personal/individual liability corporate credit card and as such isn't unusual and is almost certainly not a scam.


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It may very well be the case that the organization has a policy for standard minimum reimbursement amount, and your expenditure was lower than that threshold. So you get the minimum amount ($100) as per the company norms. Also, are you certain that they did not mention any reimbursement (with or without the charge slips / invoice) for your time (for ...


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If they don't have a policy then shame on them. Some managers would be OK on day one and some would want 3-5 years. I think you should wait 6 months just so it is not so obvious.


75

That's totally normal and what I experienced in all companies I've worked so far. If you don't trust your company to reimburse you, do you trust them to pay your salary each time?


63

This is going to be a very honest - and likely unpopular - response. In the business world, you have to look out for yourself. Keep in mind that a business's #1 goal is to maximize profit, not to maximize employee contentment or satisfaction. You can't trust an employer, no matter how chummy they may be, to put what's best for you anywhere close to the top ...


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The most likely explaination is that they have some minimum reimbursement amount or whoever was responsible decided to not do the math or look it up and go for a round 100$ instead. The reason this is likely is that a company who wants to interview badly enough to fly you in a chartered jet (!) likely cares nothing for a 50 bucks difference in uber ...


33

If tuition reimbursement is a routine benefit the company offers all employees, then it's no different from salary, ethically. It sounds like that's your situation. You should give the amount of notice the that the company would give you as separation pay if you were laid off. However, if it was a special award to you, like a program for a very small ...


33

How should I decide whether it is appropriate to cash the check? Because I am declining their offer it feels a little weird to me. Companies have people out for interviews all the time. Very often this is many thousands of dollars. It is simply expensive to hire new employees. This figure from here shows some estimates for cost of replacement vs annual ...


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How should I decide whether it is appropriate to cash the check? Because I am declining their offer it feels a little weird to me. Remember that the check is simply reimbursement for your interviewing expenses. It's not a down payment on your first week of work. It's not a sign-on bonus. Cash the check. Send your regrets about declining the position. ...


32

From my past experiences, this pratice was a perk and not a scam. Most coworker I worked with preferred to buy those tickets on their personal credit card so they can get the credit card reward. They seems very happy at the end of the year with all the accumulated reward points. I also work for companies were they managed to buy the ticket for the employee....


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Clearly it was intentional, since the number is so round. This is simply how they decided to handle things, and there absolutely no reason to follow up on this. I think you worry too much about it. It almost like a waiter being concerned if he is stealing from the customer by accepting a tip. Or, in the business world it's like, somebody asks you for 50 ...


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I am hotel liaison for a small science fiction convention. Often, our hotel arrangements involve a commitment for a certain number of rooms under the convention code. That is more likely to be the case if they are using other hotel facilities, such as meeting rooms. We expect any rooms that we are covering to be booked under our code and count towards our ...


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This is a standard practice and is very unlikely to be a scam if your employer is reputed and has mature financial practices otherwise. Why is it good for you? You don't need to pay for the business expenses out of your pocket to begin with (which can be painful irrespective of the fact that you are guaranteed to get it reimbursed). This is ...


20

They owed you cash. You didn't get cash. You are being partially paid for the inconvenience of being paid by a Visa gift card instead of the cash you are entitled to. My friends often say "that item, plus $6, will get you a small coffee at Starbucks" to insult the valuelessness of the item. Actually, this thing, plus $6, will get you a small coffee + a ...


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Here's the question in reverse: This company promised to reimburse you for your expenses. If you ask them to back up their promise and they hold it against you, then, simply put, they think it is OK to make empty promises to you, and they think it is OK to get upset when you call those empty promises. Is that sort of company really the sort of company you ...


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I have a similar issue in my place of work where we're expected to pay for work-related travel expenses and then claim it back (no matter how much). I found that telling my boss that I can't go to the meeting / conference / whatever because I can't afford the fare has them flashing the corporate credit card quicker than you can say "pay up!" ... there is ...


17

Since you asked if they would reimburse the expenses as initially agreed upon, and they stated that "they would be happy to", I don't think it would seem petty. In fact, it could be perceived as odd if you did not send in any receipts after agreeing upon reimbursement with them. If you had requested reimbursement without any prior discussion, then there's a ...


15

I still haven't received any money and I am worried that they may not reimburse because I didn't take the offer. Is that possible? Anything is possible but it's highly improbable. Companies that offer to reimburse travel costs for job candidates aren't likely to renege on that offer just because it didn't work out. Should I just send an email and ask ...


15

You can ask. The worst thing that will happen is that they say no. I once had an employer cover costs incurred from a lost passport when travelling for business. I figured it was a long shot but I pitched the idea as "If I weren't travelling for work this would have been safely locked up in my home" and they agreed. As a non-Workplace SE point if they ...


15

That's a terrible letter to send to a potential employer. If I got a list of demands like yours from a potential candidate, I'd discard the resume and cancel the interview without thought. You're in no position to negotiate or demand anything. It makes sense that the interviewing company pay for transportation and lodging if you're having to travel for ...


15

It may be that they already have a stack of gift cards and it was easy for them to just send one out. Like was said above, if they can afford a chartered jet to fly out a prospective intern I don't think they're sweating the $50 difference.


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Do we have any grounds to push back on this request, and if so what is the best way to go about doing so? Your wife should talk with her company, explain the situation, and ask how she should proceed. Clearly, your wife should not benefit from, nor lose money, because of this cancellation. Perhaps the company will decide to forgo reimbursement until she ...


14

I am of the opinion that it is the responsibility of the colleagues who threw you into the pool (the "culprits") to reimburse your phone. My advice to you would be to directly approach the culprits with your damaged phone and request they reimburse you for a new, equivalent phone. They can split the bill however they please, but you are already going to be ...


14

What to do when employer lied about when they would reimburse for out of pocket expense? I don't think this situation constitutes a lie, in first place. The reimbursement request is not dismissed, it's postponed (for some reason). Given that you already have a written confirmation for the reimbursement, combined with the amount (relatively small), I won't ...


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Instead of treating it as calling out a potential error, treat it as an opportunity to say thank you. As others have said, the $100 gift card was probably intentional. There is a slight possibility that it was an honesty check. If you think that could be the case, I would respond as follows: Dear HR, Thank you for the $100 gift card. I wasn't expecting that,...


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Some areas have shuttles that run between the nearby towns and the airport. If this is less than the weekly parking rate you may be ok. Also, you have comprehensive coverage on your car for a reason. Check your deductible and make sure it is at a point you are comfortable with paying should something happen. Possible, but not guaranteed, if you car was ...


12

Since your husband was on official business and was driving the car as a matter of performing his job duties, his employer should pay for the damages. This is just as the employer would be liable for any damages that might occur in the workplace as the result of the actions of one of their employees. As you said, he wouldn't have even been there to hit the ...


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Escalate to the company HR, this is Davids job, not an accidental oversight, all sorts of dodgy things may be happening, but all you should care about is getting reimbursed if it's a considerable sum you don't want to write off to experience. Don't assume they're not trying to save money, the size of the company is immaterial. Ignoring someone owed money is ...


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