Salary Spin

rog circle at
Sun Aug 19 11:20:48 MDT 2007

Dave Smith wrote:
> Brandon Stout wrote:
>> 1. People leave their company for another one precisely because they 
>> received a better offer
>> 2. Companies need a fresh perspective, and frequently hire from 
>> competitors when possible to bring this in 
> 3. Companies know that to get someone to leave a job where they are 
> happy, they need to offer more money than the other company is paying.
> --Dave
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In the 1970's a major oil company used large main frame computers to 
calculate where to drill oil wells.  One the software geeks told his 
boss.  Give me a raise in this range or I will quit.   Top oil company 
execs said, "No way.  No computer, whatever he  does, could be worth 
that kind of money.  Even worse.  If we give one of those computer 
people a salary like that, then we must give huge raises to everyone 
else in that department.'  

So the geek left the company and went back to school to finish his Phd 
in CS.  A few weeks later the upper management was saying,  "Why 
happened?  Why do we now have all these problems with the computer 
department?"  As long as the geek was there, senior management may have 
heard, but did not appreciate what the geek did for them.  It is nearly 
always true.  As long as things are going well.  No one realizes how 
much the computer software people are doing.  Mostly people hear about 
what the computer department does is when things go bad. 

Within a few months.  All the computer software people were given very 
large raises. 

If your job is keeping the servers going.  As long as everything usually 
works.  Management will see you as easily replaceable.   If things go 
bad on your watch often enough, even if it not your fault, Then you will 
be replaced.

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