Grab a Geek or Fall Behind, Tech Employers

Everyone recognizes highly successful companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft, and many use their products. But, do you know how they compare as employers? Each company is vying for the brightest minds in the tech industry. PayScale takes a look at what each one offers potential employees.

From job satisfaction and typical weeks of vacation, PayScale's Tech Employers Compared report and "Battle Over the Geeks" infographic give you the scoop on which company may have the best shot at bringing in the braniacs.

Addressing Critics of the PayScale College ROI Rankings

In a previous blog post, I discussed the methodology of the PayScale College Return on Investment (ROI) Rankings, which examine the financial return of attending 853 different U.S. colleges and universities.

This ranking has garnered a lot of attention and has played a role in the public debate on the financial value of a college education. While the majority of attention has been positive and the report overall has been well-received, there are some criticisms.

As researchers, we welcome feedback on our data reports and are always looking for ways to improve upon them. However, many of the criticisms we've heard are based on simple misunderstandings of our methodology or the report overall. In this blog post, I will address the points brought up by critics of the ROI Rankings and attempt to clear up any confusion.

To Succeed, Don’t Emulate Bill Gates

If success is what you're after, new research indicates that you're better off not following leaders like Bill Gates. Researchers at the University of Warwick and the Oxford Said Business School found that those with aspirations to move from good to great should instead focus on emulating individuals a few rungs down the proverbial success ladder. Say what?

RIM and Nokia Shed Over 10,000 Workers in Latest Round of Tech Layoffs

The tech world isn't having a good year. Just months after HP, Sony and Yahoo announced large-scale layoffs, Nokia and Research in Motion are following suit and scaling back their respective workforces. The biggest cutbacks by far are at Nokia, where up to 10,000 workers will receive pink slips. RIM has been issuing layoffs at a slower pace; for the past several weeks, batches of 10 or more employees were let go. How do these former tech giants plan to bounce back?

Can a Boss-Free Office Boost Employee Engagement?

Ilya Pozin, the founder of digital marketing agency Ciplex, introduces a compelling argument in a recent Inc. column: Institute a boss-free office to boost employee engagement and motivation. Most employees, according to Pozin, spend over one-third of each workday "doing things simply because they have to." By eliminating the rigid, top-down hierarchy in his own company, he enabled teams to self-manage and ultimately boost their own productivity.

5 Ways to Foster a Culture of Civility in the Workplace

Between bullying, discrimination and generally rude behavior, the workplace isn't as civil as it once was. Incivility in the office can lead to higher turnover, lower morale and loyalty, and even increased consumer complaints. How can managers foster a culture of civility in the workplace?

Crave Success? Don’t Start a Business With Your Friends

If you're looking for entrepreneurial success, look outside your social circle for business partners. A new Harvard University working paper reveals that venture capitalists who teamed up with another investor based on shared personal characteristics, such as an alma mater, fraternity or ethnicity, were less successful than duos who joined forces solely based on their talents. Why is this so?

PayScale HackDay 0.6

What Is PayScale HackDay?

Once per quarter, the product development, data, and analytics teams all block off our calendars and get together in one big room. Fueled by donuts, pizza, coffee, and (later in the afternoon) beer, we build something that isn't on anyone's agenda other than our own.

The following is a list of what each participant created.