BLUF: How should I respond to a low offer for a promotion at my own company?
I've been offered a promotion of two levels, from individual contributor, bypassing a "lead" level, straight to "manager." The position is great.
But the offer... +7% on my current pay. Salary data from my professional association suggests that this should be in the ballpark of +30%. Based on past experience and advice, I don't expect to move within the salary band year-to-year. Money is made in this company only at promotion time. So this is my one chance, it would seem.
My would-be manager is telling me to take the offer, learn the management ropes for 2-3 years, and plan to jump ship to get my payday elsewhere. I have never taken a job with the intention to jump ship in a few years. It seems like planning to fail. It's even more odd that the hiring manager is suggesting I do this.
So, how can I respond? My ideas so far:
A) "Can you share with me how you arrived at this number?"
B) "The compensation doesn't match the responsibilities as I understand them, can we clarify the responsibilities?"
C) "Thank you, sir, may I have another?"