Starting wage

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked a young engineer who was fresh out of MIT, ‘What starting salary were you thinking about?’ The Engineer said, ‘In the neighborhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.’ The interviewer said, ‘Well, what would you say to a package of 5 weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years – say, a red Corvette?’ The Engineer sat up straight and said, ‘Wow! Are you kidding?’ The interviewer replied, ‘Yeah, but you started it.’