Am I underpaid?

Things to think about when you are comparing compensation Last week, a company tried to headhunt me. The recruiter was enthusiastic, and pointed out that “the compensation is very competitive”. She gave me a peek at the maximum base salary, equity package, and benefits that were on the table. At first glance, the total package […]






Names & Numbers

I can’t estimate how much comp data I reviewed the past 10 years: benchmark, benchmark, benchmark, and individual comp in mass. A lot of names as well, but I’m terrible at names – I put sticky notes on the colleagues next to me so I can act like a decent person. But behind all people […]


Heads and tails of the fire-breathing Compensation and Benefits dragon (Part 2)

In my last post, I compared compensation and benefits to a fire breathing dragon. The tail is all the essential but basic stuff that we all need to reach our goals: benchmark and percentiles, promotion guidelines, mobility, pension and benefits. But we all have the same goals (attracting and retaining top talent, rewarding business results […]