Are starting wages for a Tech negotiable?

Discussion in 'UPS Information Technology' started by Parfait, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. Parfait

    Parfait New Member

    I recently received an offer for an Internship at UPS for the Fall in which I will be expected to work 20 hours a week with an hourly pay of ~19 an hour. I feel this is a low-ball offer, and ~400 pre tax a week does not really inspire me. Does UPS allow candidates for position to negotiate offers once given? Has anyone on here successfully negotiated a higher wage?
     
  2. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    UPS pays industry average for non-union.

    If you think $19/he is low then UPS is probably not a place to work long term.

    It will look good on your resume though.

    Are you needing full time hours?
     
  3. Parfait

    Parfait New Member

    I wouldnt be able to work full time as I am in school too.

    I thought the pay would be around the same as what FedEx pays their technology interns. The guys in my class who worked for them got offers of $23.50, which is massive over the offer UPS has given me in the same city.

    :laugh: lol!
     
  4. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Make a counteroffer with the FedEx as the reason.
     
  5. Parfait

    Parfait New Member

    Would you want them to match, or would you want higher?

    I feel like given my responsibilities I can in good faith ask for $25.
     
  6. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Have you applied at FedEx?
    Not much difference on your resume!
    Many people consider FedEx as good if not better than UPS.

    What field are you in?
     
  7. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Figure out what your lowest acceptable wage is and add $3/he to that.
    A lot depends on how well you sell yourself.
    Develop a list of intangible abilities you have not list on application.
     
  8. Parfait

    Parfait New Member

    They are only taking for next summer and not fall at this point.

    I am a computer science student looking to go into Software Engineering.
     
  9. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    The seasonal aspect of the FedEx offer may be why FedEx is paying A "premium".

    Most likely, you are applying for a Tech position in UPS's TSG (Technology Support Group) which is under the I.E. (Industrial Engineering) organization.

    This is not a smooth or given transition into UPS's Information Technolgy organization (called Information Services or I.S.).
    Are you looking for a career/degree position with UPS after graduation?
     
  10. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    $20/hr is really not that bad for an internship.
     
  11. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    $25/hr is better.
     
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Yes it is.

    My son was a Graduate Assistant while he was working toward his MBA. He made $12/hr.
     
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  13. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Apples and oranges.
     
  14. burrheadd

    burrheadd Superstar

    What does a grad assistant have to do with interning at a Fortune 500 company
     
  15. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    For a college?
    They pay Grad students like the Teamsters pay part-timers.
     
  16. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    And, many interns are unpaid and also pay the school for credits.
     
  17. I went through that when my daughter was student teaching while in college. Not only did I have to pay the school, I also had to pay gas money .
     
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  18. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Yup---Clarkson University.
     
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  19. Parfait

    Parfait New Member

    Negotiation was a no-go:wince:. Hourly offer was final, and apparently given directly from management.

    I still have a little time before I have to give an answer, so I will see if anything pops up within the next week.

    Thanks for the support guys/gals.
     
  20. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    UPS is not the normal choice of employment of many Technology workers ... no stock options and no chance of IPO and getting rich quick.
    Compensation is average and the only way to increase is to accept a higher responsibility position.
    The selection process for those positions tend to less technical and more towards social skills.
    UPS does offer a chance to work in a strong training environment in a strong work ethics environment.
    And what UPS offers than many technology companies can't is a stable and long-term working environment.
    UPS spends over a billion a year on technology and is an integral and critical part of the corporation.

    Note: The same applies to FedEx and any other transportation corporation.

    Good luck with your decision and life.