Until we have complete pay transparency, there's only one way to find out whether you're paid fairly, and that's to talk to your coworkers.
In the US, the National Labor Relations Act has been protecting employees' rights to collectively bargain for pay and working conditions since 1935. Check your state laws too. The California Equal Pay Act was strengthened in 2015 “making it illegal for employers to prohibit employees from discussing or inquiring about their co-workers’ wages.”
What should you talk about? Well, money conversations usually invoke uncomfortable feelings so you can start by agreeing that you'll probably both feel awkward, but it's worth it because this information is power. Then share your base salary, stock, signing bonuses, annual bonuses, and any other benefits you've negotiated. Talk about how they've changed year over year—did you get RSU refreshes? Better bonuses in years where you had great project assignments? Did you ever ask for a raise and how did it go?
Document what you find, in a file you own and control, so you can remember it later!
Wheelthrown cream stoneware with a pulled handle.
The words "lets talk about pay" inlaid in rainbow colors on the front.
Message faces out when holding the mug in your right hand.
Glossy black glaze lining the inside, rim, handle, and swooping down the back.
- 3.75″ wide by 4″ tall, holds 12 ounces.
Food, dishwasher and microwave safe.