Looking for some info here. We all know that if someone changes firms only for the biggest up-front deal they're asking for trouble. That said, recruiting firms salivate over people who say they're looking for the right fit, not the biggest deal- not only because that may be a good recruit but because they might save themselves some bucks as well (ok, call me cynical.)
That said, what do the deals look like now? I've been hearing that in the $500,000 plus range a minimum expectation is 1X gross, and that at least one firm is offering 1.8X gross or more. It's hard to imagine paying that much without decimating the office P&L, but who knows? Any experience out there in this area?
Also, if one goes indy, is there any assistance in terms of funding start-up expenses, etc? It would make sense that in going indy one mightn't expect much (if anything) in the way of an up-front payment.
On the other hand, if firms are actually paying 1.8X revenues to recruit an employee then why should anything else make sense?