Hmm. Hire date is today or tomorrow. Discussed salary: I'm not as cool as trurl, for now, but make the same as my coworker (MS in CS) and the previous person in my job. And enough to afford my new apartment. Soon after, I just received an email from an associate head of CS looking for a letter of recommendation... for my "new" boss. Hmmm. update: got offer letter. start date is tomorrow.