Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 09:38:32 -0400
Reply-To: "Uddin, Mohammad" <mohammad_uddin@GROTON.PFIZER.COM>
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From: "Uddin, Mohammad" <mohammad_uddin@GROTON.PFIZER.COM>
Subject: Re: Salary changes between jobs.
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This is an important issue. Most of the time a graduating student grabs an
underpaying job (to be frank, I was one of them) just because it is hard to
find a job without real industry experience and without real knowledge about
the job market and often times s/he thinks that a 40k (for example) is good
enough just because it is four time of what s/he was getting paid as
graduate assistant in school. The situation is even more difficult for an
international student who is ready to graduate and would have to get a job
within certain period of time just to keep her/his visa status legal. In a
situation like this s/he tries to grab any job which comes first to gain
industry experience and to remain legal. It does not take too long to
understand that s/he is underpaid. Now it would be unfair if the salary of
her/his next job to base on her/his previous salary.
I would appreciate some comments from hiring managers.
From: Goldman, Brad (AT-Atlanta) [mailto:Brad.Goldman@AUTOTRADER.COM]
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 8:52 AM
Subject: Salary changes between jobs.
A recent recruitment posted here contained this snippet:
> The salary ranges into the low six
> figures, but the company will not jump a candidate's salary more than
> about 10% above their current or most recent compensation.
How do you all feel about this provision? I for one think it's horrible and
unfair, and can't understand the reasoning behind it at all. Isn't a
candidate worth what their skills demand? How is their previous pay history
relevant? Why should a programmer be compensated less for the exact same
job for completely un-job-related reasons?
My first SAS job was in the public sector with little experience, and I was
underpaid even for that. When I moved and was searching for new jobs, I
found that few employers would pay what I was worth, *purely* because the
last job had been relatively low paying. In the end, I had to lie about my
past salary or refused to give that information (inevitably causing a
protacted "discussion" with HR and/or recruiters).
Opinions on this practice?
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