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Salary and Multiplier at Interview

Salary and Multiplier at Interview

Salary and Multiplier at Interview

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What are your thoughts on inquiring about a company's multiplier on their standard hourly billing rates when discussing your salary requirements?

RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

Agree with Greg....if less than three they don't make enough money to give you a raise!

RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

That's a tricky question. Much higher than 3 possibly means that they are way overpriced, which would need to be backed up by exceedingly high quality or value. This is certainly not something our company would volunteer, unless it was required by the customer to verify our cost realism. I don't know about other industries, but aerospace has cost multipliers ranging from about 2.5 to 3.5, depending on their size and their actual control of overhead and amount of production, since production tends to have much lower multipliers and generally makes up for the the higher multipliers for the purely engineering efforts.

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RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

I was going by an old number from a horizontal study by some consultancy or other, maybe Oracle. Three is marginal in automotive.

Mind you defence is a whole different ballgame, I know of one company that bid the base program at one and a bit, and then charged all extra work (scope change etc) at some eye bleeding multiple.

Cheers

Greg Locock


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RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

I'll never understand the obsession with such a crude measure like hourly multiplier. Like the medical communities obsession with BMI another crude measure that ignores so many factors.

People on this site often get so upset when people bring up rules of thumb on technical matters. However, when it comes to financial or medical issues folks obsess about them.

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RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

Engineers use rules of thumb all the time, and I think they don't overtly obsess about THOSE RoT only because they've used them for a long time. Our servo guys use a 5x factor between open loop and closed loop bandwidths. The MEs use factors of safety like 2x, etc.

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RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

Multipliers vary widely with the nature of the business. In our business, multipliers are low to begin with, and some senior staff are billed out at very low multipliers. We absorb a lower margin on their hours so that projects are not unduly burdened by their participation, which is there for the benefit of both our clients and of our own company. If we weren't "adequately profitable", we wouldn't be able to do that...

Talking multipliers is fine while you're negotiating salary, but I doubt it would be taken either seriously or kindly if brought up too early in an interview process.

RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

Asking about multipliers at that particular point in time seems to me to be over-reaching and possibly a bit offensive, as if you know so much that you can make a judgement about how they run their business.

A more meaningful question might be about what their "hit" rate is, i.e., what's their win ratio

TTFN
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RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

The staff that consultants make their money on from what I have seen is junior engineers. It is beyond me that clients don't complain more with getting saddled with a $100/Hr fresh grad. Senior engineers take home a larger cut of their billable hours and sometimes I wonder if it is a push in some cases.

RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

I don't really see an issue with the concept of multipliers. If the customers think that they can hire, manage, train, etc., cheap engineers for less, they're perfectly welcome to try. I think that after one round of hirings and layoffs, they'll be able to hire no one else. The customer is paying for a lot more than just the engineer's time:

> office space and utilities
> training
> computers, equipment, etc.
> senior engineer oversight
> program management
> support staff
> medical/dental
> vacation
> sick leave
> overhead to cover engineers when they're not able to bill on contract
> other overhead
> etc.

TTFN
I can do absolutely anything. I'm an expert!
FAQ731-376: Eng-Tips.com Forum Policies forum1529: Translation Assistance for Engineers

RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

Depends on the industry, but these days if they're still bidding "full multiplers" then they are either in really good shape, or in denial about what they need to do to stay afloat. Any answer other than "it depends" or "we're still trying to adjust that" would scare me. I guess "none of your damn business" would be an acceptable answer too.

RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

HamburgerHelper - the classic bait and switch is to staff the negotiating team with seniors, and then as the project gets under way, rapidly promote the juniors inside the team, freeing up the seniors to work on the next proposal.

Cheers

Greg Locock


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RE: Salary and Multiplier at Interview

Greg,

It's often not so well behaved, i.e., yes, proposal was built around using seniors, but once underway, it's often the PM that gets to decide on the actual team makeup, and the seniors are only called in for specific consults and then cast off to drift and find their own way, without having a safe harbor of another proposal to work on.

TTFN
I can do absolutely anything. I'm an expert!
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