I've seen a few job offers where in addition to the salary the company offers X,000 Restricted Stock Units (RSU). I'm still trying to understand owning equity as one of the early employees for a company. What do I need to know about RSU and the company to realize this would be a decent deal for additional compensation?
What if a public company's stock has been declining, is it worth taking the stock options or better to negotiate a higher salary?
Are there specific questions I should be asking about the RSU?
Do I end up having to pay for the RSU or is it something that the company typically gives an employee for free for employment?