Skip to content
This repository

HTTPS clone URL

Subversion checkout URL

You can clone with HTTPS or Subversion.

Download ZIP

Hours are bullshit, but what about salary? #150

Closed
ghost opened this Issue February 23, 2012 · 6 comments

4 participants

Zach Holman Jaseem Abid Karthik Hariharan Zach Aysan
Deleted user

The content you are editing has changed. Reload the page and try again.

I recently came across this article http://zachholman.com/posts/how-github-works/, and I really enjoyed reading it. However, there's one thing I was wondering after reading this article: you said that you don't value hours, but quality. But how is that done with salary? What do you base that on?

Sending Request…

Attach images by dragging & dropping or selecting them. Octocat-spinner-32 Uploading your images… Unfortunately, we don't support that file type. Try again with a PNG, GIF, or JPG. Yowza, that's a big file. Try again with an image file smaller than 10MB. This browser doesn't support image attachments. We recommend updating to the latest Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Firefox. Something went really wrong, and we can't process that image. Try again.

Zach Holman
Owner

Hey- sorry for the delay in getting back to you... been jetsettin' 'round the world.

As a starting point, we mostly have the same base salary (I think contractors and some junior devs get paid differently, but for the rest of us I think we're all still paid the same base rate).

After that point, you don't really have to do much micromanaging on salary. Are they doing their job? Cool. If they're not, talk to them. If they continue not to, then let them go. Those are mostly the metrics.

Zach Holman holman closed this March 03, 2012
Jaseem Abid

How much do you earn? Mind sharing?

Zach Holman
Owner

Yes, I mind.

Karthik Hariharan

I'm trying to wrap my head around how this would work in practical terms. So does everyone make the same at GitHub, regardless of where they live? The cost of living does vary greatly across the US, so I find it hard to believe it's not taken into account when paying salaries.

If the goal is to maintain an egalitarian culture within the company, it feels like cost of living differences could really make that difficult. I suppose if you leave it to the individual to choose whether they want to stretch their dollars in SF or live like a king in Detroit, then maybe it works. It may even work as a built-in filter to filter out those for whom monetary needs are too important and for whom the culture may not be a fit anyway.

Sounds like I might have just answered my own question, but I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Zach Holman
Owner
holman commented June 05, 2012

We mostly pay the same salary to developers. You could clearly live like a king in Detroit, but then you'd live in Detroit.

Zach Aysan

Holman you are the best. Dying laughing over here.

Sign up for free to join this conversation on GitHub. Already have an account? Sign in to comment
Something went wrong with that request. Please try again.