Glassdoor generated a tempest of controversy the moment it launched. Many sites list IT salary levels heres 2009 IT salaries and 2004-09 IT salaries describing pay by job title and national average. But Glassdoor goes one very risqué step further: it purports to post the actual salary levels of staffers at specific companies.
It invites tech employees (and staff from other industries) to anonymously post their salary. In return they get access to a trove of anonymously posted salaries. The site averages the data together and applies a statistical filter that, in theory, tosses out the outliers.
Last year, Glassdoor chief executive Robert Hohman, told me the site takes great care to check its user-generated pay figures.
Weve got a bunch of technical and procedural mechanisms to vet the data, he said, though when pressed on details, he deferred. Were not really talking about the specifics were using.
Critic pounced on Glassdoor. Forbes dubbed it workplace porn. Prominent tech headhunter Nick Corcodilos dismissed it as salary gossip and called it a negative for tech professionals. Building an information source using data gathered anonymously over the Internet is like trying to build a solid wall from Swiss cheese.
Still, curious wage slaves flocked to gawk at the naked data. In fact they did more than gawk they contributed their own pay numbers, sans ID, of course. Glassdoor now claims to have salary figures, reviews and interview questions from a whopping 26,000 companies.
Whats your view? All that user-generated data makes Glassdoor a Wikipedia of salary information. But is the information worth the pixels its printed on?
Peruse the following IT salaries all data is courtesy of Glassdoor and comment below. Given your industry experience, do the pay levels seem accurate? (When you comment, itd be helpful if you list your industry background. Thanks.)
Software developers see some good pay levels, yet this survey of developer salaries between 2004 and 2009 indicates that raises arent automatic. Mood changes in the tech market can be tough on paychecks.
Microsoft Software Development Engineer
Range: $56k to $145k
IBM Staff Software Engineer
Range: $62k to $125k
Google Software Engineer
Range: $61k to $150k
Oracle Software Engineer
Range: $60 to $123k
Yahoo Software Engineer
Range: $70 to $128k
Intel Software Engineer
Range: $50k to $145k
Hewlett-Packard Software Engineer
Range: $61k to $140k
eBay Software Engineer
Range: $76k to $140k
Symantec Software Engineer
Range: $56k to $110k