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why Google is like Wal-Mart

An article from Wired News compares Google to Wal-Mart. The article notes that sysadmins' salaries are around US $35K, which doesn't leave very much when you take out taxes, SF bay area cost of living, etc. (Although I suppose the freebies such as free food offset the cost of living somewhat.)

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likablenerd
Apr. 24th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
I personally doubt that figure.
gregbo
Apr. 24th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
Do you think it's too low? The salary wizard on dice.com gives a median figure of US $90K for Unix sysadmins in Google's zip code. However, I have heard from other sources that Google tends to pay less than other companies.
likablenerd
Apr. 25th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine that $35k is even livable.

As a software eng I make considerably more than that.
gregbo
Apr. 25th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, but you're not a sysadmin. It's a different career with different requirements and expectations.

US $35K is low for the SF bay area if you're trying to live in a decent apartment on your own. It's somewhat livable if you have roommates, or live with relatives, or are in some kind of communal arrangement. It's supplemental if you have a partner who's working.

Also, consider that for some people who've been out of work for a while, and are strapped for cash, it's better than nothing. Likewise, for people who are here on visas, it's a lot better than what they'd be getting in places like India, China, Russia, etc.
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