The ABCs of Stock Options at Early Stage Companies

It’s not uncommon for early stage tech companies to pony up stock options to lure key employees on board. For a new business without a lot of cash available, it makes sense to offer options in lieu of hefty paychecks. From the company’s vantage point, employee options encourage people to work hard and feel like they’re “a part” of the business. But for employees, the considerations are much different. Given the demand for talented development people, the lure of stock… continue…

Software Engineers Earn More at Smaller Companies

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Amid the frenzy to hire top software engineers, the top names don’t necessarily pay the top salaries, according to a new report from Glassdoor. The report is based on the self-reported salary data of more than 33,000 software engineers. Juniper Networks leads its list at $159,990 in base pay, with LinkedIn ($136,427), Yahoo ($130,312), Google ($127,143) and Twitter ($124,863) rounding out the top five. But Walmart, at No. 8 ($122,110), comes in ahead of reported salaries at Facebook, eBay, Amazon… continue…

Older Companies Offering More Startup-Style Perks

Tech companies are known for doling out generous work-life benefits that aren’t often seen in most of Corporate America. But then, most of Corporate America isn’t feeling the same pressure to find and retain employees. In the tech world, the demand for IT professionals has pushed even mature companies to emulate startups, says Randi Weitzman, regional vice president for Robert Half Technology in Sacramento, Calif. “Some companies had to sit through the recession and figure out ways to keep their… continue…

Software, Data Skills Key to Higher Pay

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Though few are on par with Twitter’s $10 million engineer, pay is on the upswing for IT occupations, according to a new Robert Half Technology salary survey. The report suggests that while salaries will rise an average of 3.7 percent in 2014 across accounting/finance, technology, legal, creative and administrative jobs, the positions with the highest pay jumps will be engineering, software development and programming. For instance, mobile applications developers and software developers will see increases of nearly 8 percent. The… continue…

Why Not All Parental Leaves Are Made the Same

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One tool companies use in their quest to attract and retain tech professionals is family leave: providing paid time off for new mothers and fathers – whether they’re having children by birth or through adoption – to recover from medical issues and get acquainted with the new member of their family. But not all paid leaves are created equal. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, employees are allowed to take up to 12 weeks off without pay for the… continue…

Does Facebook Get Credit for San Mateo Pay Surge?

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Although Silicon Valley’s San Mateo County ranks fifth among the nation’s largest 334 counties when it comes to average weekly wages, it posted the largest jump in first quarter salary over the previous year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Home to tech names like Oracle, Electronic Arts and Facebook, the county posted a 14.8 percent increase in average weekly wages during the first quarter. That’s far higher than the national average increase, which was a scant 0.6 percent… continue…

Top Wage Earners Hold Computer-Related Degrees

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Eight computer-related degrees rank among the top 30 majors for salary potential, according to a recently released report from salary researcher PayScale. Engineering degrees of all stripes lead the way, with computer engineering ranking No. 6 and computer science No. 8. Here’s how the IT-related degrees fared: No. 6. Computer engineering: Starting salary -$65,300; Mid-career salary – $106,000. No. 8. Computer science: Starting salary – $59,800; Mid-career salary – $102,000. No. 12. Software engineering: Starting salary – $60,500; Mid-career salary – $99,300. No.… continue…

IBM to Eliminate Retiree Health Plan

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IBM plans to eliminate its company-sponsored health plan for retirees eligible for Medicare, according to The Wall Street Journal. In its place, Big Blue will provide annual contributions to a health-related retirement account, which retirees would draw from to pay for supplemental Medicare via an insurance exchange. The move is expected to save IBM money by eliminating the need to directly cover rising insurance premiums in favor of a set annual payment for plan participants. According to documents sent to… continue…

6 Great Stories to Help You Get a Raise

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Slow economy or not, most IT salaries are outpacing other sectors, dramatically so for those who have experience in areas where there are more open jobs than there are people to fill them. Whatever our specialty, we all want a piece of that pie. But what if you have a cheap boss? Or a company that prides itself on providing “culture” at the expense of wages? Or all the opportunities that match your skills are 750 miles away? In all… continue…

Tech Salary Growth Is Strong in These 7 Markets

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With the IT unemployment rate hovering around 3.8 percent, employers can no longer rely on mere incentives and perks to keep people in the house. Nowadays, they have to write checks. This is especially true for companies in secondary markets like Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Milwaukee. The pool of talent is shallower in regions like these, but that doesn’t mean there’s less work to be done in their IT departments. So, the rule of supply and demand’s kicking in: Salaries… continue…