The Scoop #51: Pinterest’s new levels and reduced compensation bands
Also: pay rises at Shopify, potential buyers of Lyft, and advice on how to split compensation between cash and stock
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Today's topics are:
Pinterest’s new levels and reduced compensation bands. L15 is the new L5 in Pinterest’s new leveling system. As the new levels were rolled out, compensation targets dropped by around 30%. I checked in with current engineers on how they feel about the change. Exclusive.
Pay rises at Shopify. Together with recent re-leveling, the company awarded unexpected raises. I got details on the numbers, including what high performers got. Exclusive.
Should you optimize for all-cash compensation, if possible? Although still rare in the industry, companies like Netflix and Shopify let employees choose how much of their total compensation is stock. What are the approaches to take? Opinion.
Who might buy Lyft? There’s signs that the US’s #2 ridesharing company could be open to a sale. Who might buy it? Analysis.
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1. Pinterest’s new levels and reduced compensation bands
It’s not just Shopify which recently introduced new levels; Pinterest also has. The company’s HR team has been working on a new leveling system for around 8 months, I’ve learned from software engineers there. The new levels came into effect on 1 June.
Here are the levels before the adjustment: