A post about facebook’s pay being “barbaric” is making the rounds. If paying people different amounts depending on location is a bad thing then Automattic has been blazing that trail for years.
A happiness engineer in France will not be paid the same as a happiness engineer in India despite the fact they do exactly the same work.
What you – or anyone – is paid at Automattic is a secret between you, HR and anyone else at a level to oversee that.
There is an argument here for ‘cost of living’ but secrecy creates uncertainty, bad feeling.
But there is more.
On their “Work with Us” page it states:
Open vacation policy (no set number of days per year). We encourage all employees to take the time they need for vacation, to pursue their own interests, to stay healthy, and to spend time with friends and family.
This is not correct.
HR have stated that it is expected that you take an amount of vacation that is typical to your country.
In the USA? That’s two weeks
In the EU? That’s more like four to six weeks
Leave is also at the discretion of the team lead. If they want to give you a hard time they can. It has happened that team member #1 (in the USA) takes a third week off and gets grilled why, yet in the same team member #2 (in the EU) takes their fourth week off and nothing is said.
By having multiple teams, and several layers of management discrimination like this it is both baked in and deniable.
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