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  •  I used to live in Mountain View (6+ / 0-)

    Home of Google. I played a key role in growing an entire market in North America for a certain technology, and with that the profits of the foreign company I worked for who had its U.S. office there.

    My direct boss was the U.S. subsidiary's president and he was the guy who created the position I did, just for me in light of my talents and what I'd been doing to drive the market in essentially previously unsanctioned marketing activity. I made good money, as much as about $190 one year. But, between his salary and options, he spent 4 years at the company and left it a rich man (several million) since the company IPOed 6 months into his gig and he was given gobs of options. I worked there 10 years, directly reporting to him his entire time there and over lapping him on both ends of his tenure. Despite my accomplishments, I was always a working stiff, paid for my own transfers, etc.

    Of course, he from the foreign country where the company was based. None of the Americans, save for one, ever really reaped a windfall. Very frustrating to hit a ceiling in income with all I had done to earn my way past it.

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

    by pajoly on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 02:36:02 PM PDT

    •  The way it's done in Silicon Valley for those with (0+ / 0-)

      talent and courage is if one is not rapidly advancing at a company, you either leave for another or start a new company.

      Since the 1990s in Silicon Valley  if  a hiring engineering, marketing or sales executive saw a resume where a person was in the same position, at the same company for 4 or more years, there would be doubt if the person was a top performer.

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 05:42:19 PM PDT

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      •  The positions changed (1+ / 0-)
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        ever so slightly, as did the money, but I'll concede the point to some extent. I admit I did not have the stones or the stomach to start my own company. I choose to work to live at this point in my life, not the other way around.

        I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

        by pajoly on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 08:37:03 AM PDT

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