Chapter 21. Compensation: Kuh-ching!

“All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.”

—Spike Milligan (1918–2002)

Money makes the world go ’round, and most people who take the time to read a book called Making It Big in Software will be wondering about the bottom line at some point. Compensation is important, and it’s good to know what’s fair and what’s possible wherever you are in your career.

In this chapter, I explore the following topics:

• How compensation varies between large and small companies

• The common forms of financial compensation (there’s lots more than just salary and annual bonuses)

• The technical mechanics of stock options and grants

• The financial considerations that accrue through indirect compensation ...

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