Oddly, while applicants interview with the department manager and their potential direct supervisor, employment offers and salary negotiations are made via HR staff only. These HR professionals often have no understanding of what the job entails and no credible basis for evaluating a potential employee's worth. Neither the potential employee's direct supervisor nor anyone who would actually be working with the potential employee is allowed input on salary negotiations. It's rather absurd.
Answered - QA Engineer (Former Employee) - Los Angeles, CA