@Tech4People, i'm married to an innovator (he's a big data engineer) and i'm glad to see that now he's management, he doesn't try to undercut people's salary even though the technology is very cool. Here the valley, people will often do cool stuff for less money if they also get stock options. Everyone understands that its a big gamble but there's a big potential upside. THe innovators are often willing to take the chance.
Effectively both of us are saying basically the same thing(in Different ways).
Simply saying I will pay my Employees the Highest Salaries on the market is not going to keep them with you(if the work atmosphere is atrocious);On the other hand a company which pays the Lowest Salaries on the market will also struggle to hold onto Existing,Valuable Staff.
I'm not saying slary is the only motivation, but it is important. There are lots of factors involved in keeping talent. Like advancement potential, environment, & motivation factors, among many others.
I think it does matter. Maybe if you've only been with a few companies, then it's not that relevant. But if you've jumped ship from multiple companies in a short period of time, I think it warrants some explanation.
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