Understanding Your ESOP Grant Letter

  • Written Written by Team ESOP 05 September 2023 | 4 min read
  • Editor's Note :

    ESOP grant letters hold the key to your compensation. Decode them by understanding stock options, vesting, taxes, and company policies.



“We are pleased to inform you that [Company Name] (the "Company") has granted you an employee stock option as part of our Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP). This option is a symbol of our appreciation for your contributions to the company and a means to align your interests with those of our shareholders.”

If you’re reading this article, it means you might be receiving an ESOP grant letter, or you might have received it (some part of which sounds like the above text).

Given the amount of “legalese” in the letter, most people would not understand what is being offered to them. Let’s resolve that today. Let’s decode the ESOP Grant letter and identify the relevant parts that will help you understand what’s in it for you.

Key Terms in the Grant Letter You Should Understand

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Sample Grant letter

[ Values and dates taken are for reference. Actual policies would wary company to company. This is not exhaustive but contains a part of what details would be included in an ESOP Grant letter]

We are delighted to inform you that XYZ Corp. (the "Company") has awarded you an employee stock option grant under our Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP). This grant reflects our appreciation for your contributions to the company and our commitment to align your interests with those of our shareholders.

Grant Details:

April 15, 2024 (1-year cliff):

April 15, 2025

April 15, 2026

April 15, 2027 (Annual Vesting)

Expiration Date: April 15, 2033

Exercise Period in Case of Termination/Death/Disability: In the event of your termination, death, or disability, the treatment of your options will be in accordance with our company's ESOP and policies in effect at that time. Please refer to those documents for specific details.

By accepting this grant, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agreed to the terms and conditions outlined in this letter and the ESOP. Please sign and return one copy of this letter to XYZ Corp. (the "Company") to signify your acceptance.

Special note: For those employees who have received ESOPs in your job offer

If you are a new employee or someone who is negotiating their salary and ESOPs have come up as a part of your compensation, then ask these questions to your potential employer.

Please note: Consult a financial advisor for more detailed information

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With Vega, you can help your employees see and understand all the information they need to manage their ESOPs right from accepting the grant letter to checking their vesting schedules and understanding their wealth gain all under one view. Contact our experts to know more.

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