In case you were worried about the compensation that Vikram Pandit, chief executive of Citigroup, will bring home for 2011, take a breath. Citigroup's board is inching closer to a decision and will come up with a plan by the end of the year.
"The board has this process with them, they're going through it, and they are committed, as I am, to making sure that they resolve this," Pandit told Bloomberg. "I want to get paid what the board thinks is right for me, for the job that I've done and for the incentives that they think I ought to have."
Shareholders weren't happy with a plan that would have given Pandit $15 million in 2011 and directors are now working with them to come up with a figure that everyone can be happy about. Or at least, the majority can be happy about.
Meanwhile, over at investment bank Lazard, the discussions about pay took a heated turn a few months ago.
Billionaire Nelson Peltz, who has a 5.1% stake in the firm, told Chief Executive Kenneth Jacobs in March that Lazard was handing over more money to employees than "deal flow or productivity merited," according to Bloomberg. After Peltz aired his concerns, Lazard said it would curb excess compensation and intends to lower the ratio of compensation to revenue to the mid 50% range from its current 62%.
That may send some bankers in search of greener pastures, assuming there are any.
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List of the Day: The Art of Salary Negotiation
You've heard it before, but the advice below bears repeating.
1. Never NOT negotiate your salary. They're expecting you to.
2. Don't throw out the first number.
3. Know what your personal minimum is.