Originally Posted by O-Mac
Would it be fair to have everyone's salaries posted?
Just the numbers. No names attached.
How would you react if you found out that people who did the same job as you were making more money?
How would you react if you found out that people doing the same job as you and making more money had only been there for 2-3 years while you've been at your job for more than 6-7?
Would it be fair to have people's salaries posted?
They (whoever they are) say that discussing salary is bad. But is it? It seems like it's only to the benefit of the employer to hide people's salaries.
Does pay for performance really exist?
There's transparency in the gov't. If you know someone's grade you have a good idea of their salary. Typically the band is narrow and in lockstep with grade (and step). Doesn't seem to hurt anything.
Mostly it's a combination of not wanting friction in the workplace. Most companies understand that work friends will tell each other what they make.
Pay for performance does exist. You just have to understand that "performance" covers a lot of ground...including ability to suck up and not being a doormat. If you are nice at a normal human level (not brown noser and not asshat) and have the fortitude to walk if you aren't being properly compensated then mostly your salary will be about right over time.
If you're a hard worker but an asshat or just abnormally shy, yeah, your salary may not reflect your performance because you're below average in social skills.
If I found out someone was making more than me, I'd figure out if it was worth the effort to try to match their level of performance. If that included more sucking up or kind of work I disliked than I wanted I wouldn't bother. If it bothered me that much I'd shop my resume around.
If they had only been there 2-3 years and I had been there 6-7 years I'd understand that it is simply the way things work. Any time you stay at a company a long time you start to fall behind. Remember that every job jump should be a 10-15% bump in salary. Someone with 2 job hops in that 7 year period (one at 3 years and one to your company) saw a 30% salary bump you didn't see.
Early in your career that's a huge differential. Later on you start to get too close to your profession's cap.
On the plus side, they're more likely to get laid off than you. If it bothers you, wait until the recovery and job hop. Now is not an optimal time.