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Employer making you buy your own laptop?

Anyone ever have a potential employer give you $400 to put towards a laptop that you have to purchase on your own (pay any of the difference) and use for work? Why would they do that instead of just issuing you a company laptop?

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Rallier
Politicker
+9
Account Executive
$400 bucks? Hope you enjoy that 10 year old used MacBook pro
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
Yeah I was looking at some refurbed 2012 models 😂 
Justatitle
Politicker
+7
Senior AE
Huge red flag. I’d laugh and tel them I’m out. 
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
What if they offered you a huge base though?
Justatitle
Politicker
+7
Senior AE
Bigger red flag. Invite you with a big base then not be willing to supply a computer… is the big base cause people aren’t making commish?
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OhhhhhhSnap
Good Citizen
Business Development Manager
I actually sell cyber security solutions and having employees buy and set up their own laptops is a massive security risk and any company worth a damn would know this and provide you with one... 
braintank
Politicker
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
Amen to this! 
ju
justatopproducer
Opinionated
+1
National Consultant
Yikes, I would ask (half sarcastically) if there is anything else you may need to pay for on your own to be able to complete your job. Then I would say no problem, the local library has internet, printers, and computers you can use when needed and then ask again "Do I really need a laptop to be successful"? When they say yes, ask if they can show you  laptops to purchase or others use for under $400.I am in a similar situation currenlty so thank you for posting your question. Also, see if they have corporate discounts anywhere.
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
Good points here! I mean technically I could do most of my work on a phone but editing decks/contracts and CRM updates ars a hassle.
Su
Sunbunny31
Good Citizen
Sales Executive
"I hate quitting until I am the        "

...?   Don't leave me hanging!  What's the end of the sentence?
ju
justatopproducer
Opinionated
+1
National Consultant
My bad lol, I meant to delete that.
salesnerd
WR Officer
+16
Head of Growth
Yeah I’ve seen this before and it really sketches me out. It’s never happened to me, but I’ve had friends who have asked me about it. A company that isn’t willing to invest in the bare minimum for an employee isn’t going to treat their employees well. Be very cautious. 
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
I was kind of getting that feeling as well. At the same time, all the other benefits (salary, health, 401k, etc) are crazy good which is so weird. 
braintank
Politicker
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
You working at a lemonade stand?
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
200 seat SAAS company 
braintank
Politicker
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
I cant imagine a tech company with a BYO laptop scheme. Seems like a nightmare for help desk and security.
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goose
Politicker
+10
Sales Executive
I'm dying to know what they are paying people...
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
In the 90s for base with 130-150 OTE
poweredbycaffeine
Politicker
+7
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
And they can’t set up a coroporate purchasing account via Apple? GTFO
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Wanna.Be.Rick.Spielman
Opinionated
+3
Account Executive
massive red flag. run.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Do you get to keep it when you leave?
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
Yes you do - should have mentioned that in the post. Don’t think you can edit yet. Still though, I’m on the fence about it. I’m not getting a decent work laptop under the $600-$1000 mark. 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
It's definitely odd. I've never heard of this before. 
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softwaresails
Politicker
+4
Sales Manager
Lol $400 hahaha that’s horrible. 
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
Yeah I’ve been looking. You’re looking at entry level chromebook at that range 
softwaresails
Politicker
+4
Sales Manager
Yeah that’s ridiculous. 
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GDO
Politicker
+6
BDM
I have a bad feeling about this. They problably have other strange HR policies.
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
They don’t believe in HR. 
GDO
Politicker
+6
BDM
I´ve never had a good relationship with someone from HR myself. So maybe I´m a non-believer myself, haha
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napped
Politicker
+7
Senior Business Developer
Indeed with most in here. 400 bucks for a laptop you are using around – what? 8-10 hours a day. Jesus! 
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
If you quit/get fired what happens to the laptop?
ExtremeVibeChecker44
Praised Answer
+2
Inside Sales
They send Jason Bourne to retrieve it. Gotta secure that budget chromebook
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
🤣🤝
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
Lol you can keep the laptop
Ho
Hoss
Contributor
+1
Channel Sales Executive
I've had to pay out like 2K for equipment in my current position, but that was all expens-able so it was a net zero. 
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
I’ve had to do this as well but it’s all good if you’re getting reimbursed. 
Smithy
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
Seems odd even if you get to keep it.

I'd be asking questions around other tools etc if this was asked of me
SalesOctopus
Opinionated
+2
Enterprise Business Development Representative
I have never worked at a company that doesn't provide you a laptop and $400 won't get you far either...
ChiefGreef45
Catalyst
+5
Account Executive
That's certainly something to raise your eyebrow.  The fact that they are providing good benefits like you mentioned is peculiar.
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
Agreed, it only makes things even more confusing.
dryspongebob
Opinionated
+2
Business Development Manager
If they’re not a teensy little startup you are taking a chance on, this is super sketchy. If they’re a big business pulling this type of crap, this tells you that they have lots of employee rotation, which is a sign of an unhealthy work environment. 
braintank
Politicker
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
Even teeny start-ups I've worked at (<20 people) gave me a laptop...
thesalesdocrx
Valued Contributor
+5
SDR Manager
Because you can't find a good working laptop for $400.

It's a cost sharing tax deduction model without them needing to maintain any of the risk or ownership costs.
matty
Good Citizen
+1
Sales Manager
Time to look for a new gig if you are not already. That's an employer, most likely a start-up, that is not long for 2021.
AinslieStreet
Politicker
+5
Sales Consultant
I would have rather had that than the absolute POS my new company gave me. Literally the worst computer ive ever used. I prefer my $200 chromebook.
Naomi
Opinionated
+3
Marketing
$400 will pay for the insurance on your laptop 
Feds_Watchin
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
I’ve got people in my company using their personal devices because they don’t like using the company issued surface. Nightmare waiting to happen.
rm
rmvsg
Client Partner
Before I started I have asked about equipment allowance if any, I was told company is remote and has BYO
 equipment culture, which was fine with since I have pretty new macbook, so only bought second hand Jabra Evolve 85 2 and was told in a week that I could of get reimbursed for that if needed. Since it was a second hand there was no receipt lol
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+12
Account Executive
This sounds like a major security issue and sketchy...
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