Team Blind

cguy

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I had not heard of this site until recently. It’s primarily about working in some of the bigger tech and some finance companies internationally, but it has some really interesting tidbits if you want to see how things work in different companies or get a feeling for the culture there.

Essentially, everyone is anonymous, but they’re typically tagged with the company they’re with. Comparing the details on this site with my experience in at least two of these companies, the answers are way more accurate than things like Glassdoor where people are encouraged to enter nonsense in order to continue browsing.

https://www.teamblind.com
 

cguy

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Will only work for large companies, right?
This site is just discussions about culture, work environment, compensation, etc. if just a few people give recent accounts along with their position level, one will probably get a better idea than places like Glassdoor where most people just enter in base salary values with arbitrary titles to continue reading, and typically don’t enter anything like sign-on, bonus, stocks, vesting schedule, etc. it’s not trying to gather stats like Glassdoor, Indeed, Salary.com, etc. it leaves that to the reader.
 

ambo

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Apparently once 30 people from the same company sign up they will add a dedicated sub-forum that's open to only staff of that company
 

Ancalagon

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Pretty cool site, pity it is US based.

It does make you realize how underpaid South African devs are compared to their international counterparts. Salary offers for entry level staff in the US seem to be in the region of $120k per year base, excluding stock and sign on bonus.

Total compensation for engineers with 5-10 years of experience quickly gets to $300k to $500k per year.

Here local companies will pay you a fraction of that.
 

cguy

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Pretty cool site, pity it is US based.

It does make you realize how underpaid South African devs are compared to their international counterparts. Salary offers for entry level staff in the US seem to be in the region of $120k per year base, excluding stock and sign on bonus.

Total compensation for engineers with 5-10 years of experience quickly gets to $300k to $500k per year.

Here local companies will pay you a fraction of that.
On average, the compensation on there is a bit on the high side by the nature of the site. For the big tech companies, it is pretty accurate though.
 

Ancalagon

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On average, the compensation on there is a bit on the high side by the nature of the site. For the big tech companies, it is pretty accurate though.
True.

But let's imagine a hypothetical candidate who gets a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town. BBD or Dariel - probably the largest employers of software developers in South Africa - will not pay him R1 million unless he has significant experience to go along with his PhD. Compare that to the USA, where a candidate with a PhD can get $100k USD fresh out of university.

Different environments but interesting that it is the case.
 
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