let me say I took a job once as the state manager for a company in STL.. I was promised one thing a certain % of the profits plus a really good salary and loads of benefits, company car gas etc....
After being on the job for two weeks and going over the P&L statement, I sat down with the Owner and gave him the cold hard facts that the previous guy had sold all the decent assets and the company would not be profitable for a couple of years..
Gave him the option of upping my salary or looking for another manager because I was not going to work on that salary alone.. HE chose to go cheap..
I was hired in LA two days later..
sometimes you have to play hardball with owners