Why is Glassdoor Salaries so much lower than what is posted in blind?

New / Eng EjDf82
Dec 7, 2018 8 Comments

For example total comp for smts at Salesforce on Glassdoor is 160k. Everyone here would agree that’s too low and should be around 240k at least.


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  • Microsoft MwzK56
    One thing about glassdoor is that you cannot tell what year the data is from. 160k might be old data and 240k might be *slight* exaggeration or a case of postings only by people who get salaries at the high end of the band.
    Dec 7, 2018 0
  • Expedia oprF88
    Factor in people like to lie about their salaries too for bragging e-points.
    Dec 7, 2018 0
  • Citibank / Finance $$>RSU
    TC 750
    Dec 7, 2018 1
    • Salesforce whorizon
      Is that weekly
      Jan 10
  • Facebook Whateverrs
    A few reasons:

    1) it's historical data, so if salaries are generally rising glassdoor will always under state. They don't seem to significantly overweight the more recent income numbers.

    2) look at the breakdown. Most often what you'll see is an average salary and average "additional pay," and below you'll see average bonus and stock. When you look at the range for "additional pay" you'll see it usually matches the range of "bonus," whereas you'd expect it to match the average sum of bonus and stock comp. They basically exclude stock from their "total," so add it back in if you want realistic numbers.

    3) some people will include signing bonus when describing the total value of their offers, and some people present their tc including the current value of appreciated stock.

    4) they have incentives to understate to help them in hiring and negotiation. Employees don't pay for glassdoor, employers do pay glassdoor.

    My estimate is that the total understatement bias from #1 and #4 averages about 20%. The stock from #2 you can add back in just by looking at the breakdown on glassdoor, and then just try to pay attention to the details, exaggeration, etc when people make claims on blind.
    Dec 7, 2018 0
  • Facebook / Eng

    Facebook Eng

    Google, Oracle
    worked at Oracle, then Google, now Facebook.
    I think.actually 160k is closer to the real tc of smts. 240k is more likely lmts
    Dec 7, 2018 1
    • Salesforce ktsf45
      I agree
      Jan 5
  • Sprint lxCy58
    People here post tc which includes RSU and bonuses. Glassdoor only shows average base salary.
    Dec 7, 2018 0


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