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 […]


Heads and tails of the fire-breathing Compensation and Benefits dragon (part 1)

My appearance at Mercer’s Conference earlier this fall made me think a lot. It made me think about Spotify’s differentiation when it comes to Comp & Ben. It made me think about dragons! Here’s why… Anyone who has successfully trained a fire-breathing dragon can tell you: the firey breath will burn, but in the end it’s […]


Let me compensate you!

Hey! I’m Arvid, Head of Global Compensation and Benefits at Spotify. I’ll post here every couple of weeks or so. Right now I’m thinking about the talk I’ve been invited to do at Mercer’s conference in Rome next week. I’ve been at quite a few conferences over the years, and to be honest I think many […]