Google Cutting Salaries in North Carolina

… in a poverty wage state, you only need to pay $1 more than the wage that will make somebody quit.

https://www.labor.nc.gov/workplace-rights/employee-rights-re…

Google lowered its salaries in North Carolina. Now workers are protesting.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/02/18/google-…

Google has lowered salaries for new workers in some North Carolina offices, one of the areas company executives say is meant to help increase the overall diversity of the tech giant’s workforce.

Employees raised concerns that Google cut wages in the “Triangle” area of Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh in 2020 for new employees and those who moved there to lower levels than comparable metro areas, according to a letter posted this week on an internal forum obtained by The Washington Post and confirmed by employees there. That is a problem, they say, because the company is using the area as a place to help recruit more Black engineers.

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Engineering applicants in the Triangle area of NC are hardly captive, like say a miner in coal country Appalachia.

If an engineer is worth more, there are plenty of competing firms who will offer more. The Triangle is an “employer-rich” area for aspiring folks with talents.

Conversely, if an applicant doesn’t have what those competing employers are looking for, the Google option gives them a step to start from. If and when they prove themselves, Google will have to step up to the plate and increase their pay to keep them from being stolen away by offers of more money.

The entire discussion revolves around what smarts an applicant possesses between the ears, and has very little to do with skin color.

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… in a poverty wage state, you only need to pay $1 more than the wage that will make somebody quit.

You don’t know much about the area.

PSU

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You can imagine the premium Google must pay to hire engineers in Silicon Valley. Lower cost of living makes premiums unnecessary in the Carolinas. But bare minimum goes too far.

You expect Google to pay well above average in the area.

You can imagine the premium Google must pay to hire engineers in Silicon Valley. Lower cost of living makes premiums unnecessary in the Carolinas. But bare minimum goes too far.

You expect Google to pay well above average in the area.

Google will have to compete with Apple for talent. Apple is planning to hire 3000 people at an average wage of $187,000 at the new campus they are opening.

https://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2021/04/duke-universit…

Twice in my carrier as an engineer working at two different large engineering companies, I was temporarily assigned to recruit engineers for assignments all across the US. Among the critically skilled engineers one of their prime objectives was often to locate in a prime technology area. Silicon Valley, LA, Boston, San Diego, Austin, Denver, the Triangle area and very few other places. All expensive places to live but places they knew that if one company failed, they could find another job without uprooting their families. The general attitude was “I know houses and cost of living is really high here and engineers here don’t get paid enough more to make up the difference but the technology is here, job security, other engineers to socialize with . . “. We often gave big incentive packages for critical individuals to move to where we needed them only to have them consistently move back to the center of it all at the end of their contractual period.

Of course, this was not a recent observation, the covid influenced work from home along with the newer high speed internet conferencing with platforms like zoom and Microsoft teams are significantly changing the environment. After retiring I returned to a out of the way University town. A couple of my neighbors each working for different technology companies have also moved back here and are working full time over the internet. At first one of them maintained an apartment at the home base and had to fly back across the country once a month, after a while they told him he only infrequently needed to fly back, recently the company notified him that he could permanently work on line. Will be interesting to see how all this turns out.

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