Stories about salary and growth

Story 1: undersell

A few years ago I was working for a finance company with a poor culture. The pay was good but I really couldn’t come to terms with myself to put my skill and time in use for a business which is all about getting people into short term debt.

Story 2: overpaid

I was working at in an open space office environment with the manager of another team sitting right in front of me. I don’t know what I did or said that was particularly interesting for him but for a period of 2 moths he was persuading me to join his team. In the end I did with the condition to keep my current salary level (which was decent given that my original team was working with sensitive PII).

Story 3: grow without pay

Most of your learning and growth happens in the first 3–6 months since your start. By the end of one year, you’ve become productive enough to do a few amazing things worthy of a raise but in practice the companies rarely acknowledge that. As far as they are concerned you’re just “up to expectation” and deliver the potential they had invested for. So to be frank, don’t expect a raise just because you’ve made sacrifices and went above and beyond hoping to get an extra raise.

Story 4: golden handcuff

At one job, I had a 15% bonus. After a while the company decided to remove the bonus and instead pay it on a monthly basis to save some tax. I never count on the bonus, but in this occasion it turned into an unexpected salary bump.

Story 5: discount

I met a Swedish startup working on autonomous driving trucks. They couldn’t match my salary so I didn’t go through. A friend of mine who worked in a relevant field for biggest German brands was looking into coming back to Sweden. So I introduced him mine to that startup since he had many years of experience in the area that the startup was trying to disrupt.

Story 6: the old car

This one is not a real story but inspirational nevertheless.

Story 7: misleveled

A while back I was pinged by an old frined of mine to join their company. I was on my way to migrate to Canada but I decided it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan. After all, as I often say “options give you power”. So I started looking at the career section of my old friend’s company.

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Alex Ewerlöf

Alex Ewerlöf

Sr. Staff Engineer, Knowledge Worker, MSc Systems Engineering, Tech Lead, Web Developer