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Why A Startup Just Published All Of Its Employees’ Salaries For The World To See

Patrick McDonnell

San Francisco-based social media startup Buffer just did something unprecedented: It published the salaries of every one of its employees online, available for the public to see. “We hope this might help other companies think about how to decide salaries, and will open us up to feedback from the community,” said CEO Joel Gascoigne.

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  • WeGreen

    I find the idea truelly fair and transparent. It absolutelly incentivates open dialogue and communication. Its perhaps something more companies should follow.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Really puts things into perspective. I have to say, I truly appreciate something like this- bec in school- or even in HR scenarios, I've never been able to get a straight answer out of anyone regarding what's a reasonable salary to ask for at my level.

    • Patrick McDonnell

      I like how Buffer starts with a base then has a bunch of add on - experience, location, etc - that's the innovation to me.

    • Jonny Miller

      Buffer have always been very transparent as a startup, they even published the pitch deck they used to raise their seed round on publicly.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        I've been reading their blogs. Love how they're encouraging an open dialogue- even about email communication.

        • Patrick McDonnell

          I've found recently that tech companies are the most open of the industries. Alessandra, you should check out GitHub's stuff too and their YouTube channel. Talk about openness!