I don't have an offer yet but I do want to gain a better understanding of the compensation packages here for the negotiation phase. From my preliminary discussions with the prospective company, a few of the benefits/allowances that are included in the package are health insurance, housing allowance, company car and a flex benefit (fixed amount) to go towards education. Here are my questions:
1. Are the allowances typically paid out in cash or only paid as used, directly to the company, school, landlord, etc? So, if there are unused funds, does the company keep it?
2. If I don't need these allowances/benefits because they are already being covered by my spouse's company, at my request, will the company typically waive the allowances but add the cash value to my base salary?
Any insight into how this works is appreciated!