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Honestly, I don't get the brouhaha about knowing other people's salaries.
Especially in tech, I think sharing this information should be mandatory.
It would remove lots of bias, especially towards women.
Also, it's interesting to note that if a company thinks that this will create discontent among the employees maybe they're not paying those employees right.
Sure, there will be the odd ones who think that they're being underpaid and really aren't, but if the salaries were shown then those outliers would quite quickly be identified as such.
And then, there's another thing: maybe you have a lower starting salary but you have better benefits.
Seems like something that's going to work in theory, but not in practice.
In some theoretical world, an organization can demonstrably show that people who provide more value are compensated better.
In the real world, everybody has an ego and thinks they're a rock star. They will question the value data. "What I'm doing is way better than what Bob's doing, and Bob gets paid more."
Don't hate Bob because he's a better negotiator.
I've been doing this a long time, and have come across very few manager types who have the willingness, ability, and data to evaluate value based on performance. Mostly, it's whoever's bitching the most, and everyone else might get a COLA-type raise.
As an employer, this is a very touchy subject.
No two people are equal. Sometimes I have to pay more than I want to someone, and someone else is happy to work for less than I would have guessed.
Our rules are that you keep it confidential. But we are a SMALL company.
Everyone has an IDEA what the others probably make based on lifestyle.
But I agree, this NEVER ends well when everyone starts talking...
Why does this guy make soooo much? What? I am paid the lowest? (someone has to be).
Even worse. I had an old boss who paid himself LESS than all of us, and shared that willingly. As if a badge of honor. Of course, he owned the place, and took shareholders distribution whenever there was money he needed, or left over... But it was HIS company. That should be understood. It was just the presentation that NOBODY realized that was funny.
Do great work. Help others, attend to your weaknesses, and learn to talk to your bosses.
Dress for your next job. Set your goals and obtain them. It's an amazing world in the end!
And we are INCREDIBLY well paid...