This is the first offer I have got. I do not understand a word about stock options. Please explain this to me:
Subject to the approval of the Company’s Board of Directors or its Compensation Committee, you will be granted an option to purchase 5,000 shares of the Company’s Common Stock (the “Option”). The exercise price per share of the Option will be determined by the Board of Directors or the Compensation Committee when the Option is granted. The Option will be subject to the terms and conditions applicable to options granted under the Company’s 2012 Stock Plan (the “Plan”), as described in the Plan and the applicable Stock Option Agreement. You will vest in 25% of the Option shares after 12 months of continuous service, and the balance will vest in equal monthly installments over the next 36 months of continuous service, as described in the applicable Stock Option Agreement.
One thing that I am confused is "the option to purchase" the stock. Does this mean I have to "buy with my own money" the stock or the company will give it to me?