Some may scoff, yet plenty of wage slaves have flocked to Glassdoor since it launched in 2008. The site enables users without publishing their name to post their salary figure. In exchange they get to see the salary data of other anonymous users.
A Glassdoor PR rep told me that the site now holds more than a million salary reports, company reviews, and interview questions as well as office photos for more than 90,000 companies.
Really, office photos? Why upload a photo of your office while providing confidential salary data? Isnt that just a little odd?
Glassdoor attests to the Internets ability to break down the walls that hide secrets. Information wants to be free, or so they say. Facebook proves that people have an overwhelming compulsion to share their personal data sometimes too much so.
But is the information real?
When Glassdoor launched, CEO Robert Hohman told me the site takes great care to check its user-generated salary 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.
The site claims we require each user to certify their employee relationship to the company when they submit their post. Furthermore, Glassdoors active community moderation and our commitment to review every post, allow us to have confidence in our information.
Hmmm well, maybe that means the numbers are valid. Or maybe not. We dont know exactly whats happening behind the scenes. We have no independent verification of data. So the question remains: are these developer and IT salary numbers accurate?
Whats your opinion, based on your experience in the tech working world? Are these figures for real, or merely an aggregation of half-baked, semi-reliable unnamed Internet surfers?
Peruse the salary numbers and post your feedback in the Comments section below. If applicable, please list your industry background.
Microsoft Software Development Engineer
Range: $68k to $140k
Amazon Software Engineer
Range: $73k to $110k
Bloomberg L.P. Software Engineer
Range: $80k to $135k
Dell Software Engineer
Range: $64k to $115k
Oracle Principle Application Developer
Range: $90k to $120k
Citrix Software Development Engineer
Range: $78k to $94k
Acxiom Software Developer
Range: $46k to $80k
Sprint/Nextel Applications Developer
Range: $56k to $95k
Countrywide Home Loans Software Developer
Range: $66k to $110k
Wipro Software Developer
Range: $58k to $76k
Cisco Systems Software Developer
Range: $45k to $70k
Fidelity Investments Software Developer/Engineer
Range: $53k to $73k
Compuware Software Developer
Range: $55k to $105k
Intel Applications Developer
Range: $80k to $106k
CommVault Software Developer
Range: $72k to $102k
SAP Software Developer
Range: $71k to $106k
Rackspace Software Developer
Range: $46k to $87k
HP Software Development Engineer
Range: $76k to $136k
Alcatel-Lucent Software Development Engineer
Range: $57k to $110k
Tyco Electronics Development Engineer
Range: $52k to $89k
Aetna Applications Developer
Range: $61k to $68k
UBS Software Developer
Range: $82k to $105k
Nationwide, Specialist, IT Applications Development
Range: $68k to $88k
The Vanguard Group Software Developer
Range: $53k to $89k
Qwest Staff Software Development Engineer
Range: $99k to $126k
KPMG Software Developer
Range: $68k to $80k
Expedia Software Development Engineer
Range: $70k to $130k
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