Compensation

Google’s New Employee Perk: DNA Tests

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Google’s known for offering great perks to employees, from dry cleaning and free food to gym facilities. The perks are so great, in fact, that some employees do their best to never leave. But now the company’s offering something a little more unconventional: DNA tests from Foundation Medicine for any employees (and employees’ relatives) suffering from cancer. To find healthcare IT jobs, click here. According to Reuters, Google will begin offering the benefit at the beginning of next year. Foundation… continue…

This Firm Tried to Pay Tech Workers $1.21 an Hour

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What’s the minimum that some companies are trying to pay workers in Silicon Valley? If you guessed “the required minimum wage for the state of California,” you’d be wrong: Electronics for Imaging Inc. paid eight Indian technicians $1.21 per hour, for as many as 122 working hours per week, with no overtime. The company claimed that the low salary was “unintentional,” and that it originally paid the IT workers what they earned as their regular salary in Bangalore. To find… continue…

Developers, IT Still Racking Up High Salaries

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As part of its continuing exploration of income in the United States, NPR used data from the American Community Survey to create a graph of the 10 most popular jobs in each income bracket. Software development and IT remain common jobs among those in the higher brackets, although not the topmost one. Among those earning between $58,000 and $72,000, IT was the sixth-most-popular job, while software developers came in tenth place. In the next bracket up (earning between $72,000 and… continue…

Daily Tip: How to Ask for a Raise

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Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made waves in the wrong sort of way, when he told an audience of women tech pros at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration that they should trust the system to give them a raise, instead of just asking for one. While Nadella quickly walked back his comments, his gaffe raises an interesting point: How exactly does one go about asking for a raise? Taking a few simple steps could help boost your chances of… continue…

Do Employees Really Want Unlimited Vacation?

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Sir Richard Branson, founder of the multinational Virgin Group, has decided to give his employees as much vacation time as they want. His inspiration? Netflix, which did away with scheduled vacation days in favor of giving its workers all the downtime they need. “It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours, a day, a week or a month off,” Branson wrote on Virgin’s corporate blog, “the assumption… continue…

Smaller Tech Firms Paying More for Top Talent

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How much is a good software engineer worth? If you’re Weeby.co, here’s the answer: $250,000 a year plus equity. As company CEO and co-founder Michael Carter framed it to CNET in an interview, the competition for the best talent is so fierce, smaller tech companies have little option but to pay top dollar, especially in areas such as Silicon Valley where the cost of living is so high. Click here to find software engineering jobs. Whereas talented engineers at a… continue…

IT Services Providers Pay Well for Advanced IT Skills

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The next time IT professionals with advanced skills go looking for a job, chances are good they’ll discover that IT services providers will pay them about 15 to 30 percent more than a traditional enterprise IT organization. IT services vendors and traditional IT organizations have always competed for the best IT talent. But because IT services providers build their business around the talents of their in-house IT staffs, making sure they have the best and brightest people is a critical… continue…

Google Employees Used Perks to Live House-Free

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In a bid to keep its employees on campus for as long as possible, Google’s Mountain View headquarters offers a variety of perks, including free food, gym facilities, and dry cleaning. But according to Business Insider (which drew its sourcing from a Quora thread), some employees are using those perks to never leave the office. “[One] guy lived in the camper for 2-3 years. Showered at the gym. Did his laundry on campus. Ate every meal on campus he could,” wrote… continue…

IRS Wants Tech Workers to Pay Taxes on Those Free Meals

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The vaunted free meals offered to employees by the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter are getting close attention from the Internal Revenue Service, which says free food is a taxable fringe benefit. The Wall Street Journal reports that the IRS has been seeking back taxes from some employers who haven’t been withholding them on the value of the meals. Last week, the agency and the Treasury Department said taxing employer-provided meals was one of their top priorities for the… continue…

6 Resources for Salary Research

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By Rob Pritchett When it comes to negotiating your pay at work, you’ve got to arm yourself with current salary data and research or you could be selling yourself short. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best negotiation skills in the world—if you don’t know what comparable professionals in your industry are earning, you won’t know where to begin. Of course, there are popular comparison websites like Salary.com and Payscale, but you can improve your chances of getting a higher salary by taking… continue…