[Wikimedia-l] compromise?

Quim Gil qgil at wikimedia.org
Fri Jan 4 18:17:12 UTC 2013

On 01/03/2013 09:12 AM, Michael Snow wrote:
> the Wikimedia Foundation
> provides benefits that meet or exceed those of just about any employer
> it might be "competing" with.

fwiw until recently I was working in the so-called Silicon Valley for a 
Scandinavian big tech corp with Scandinavian standards for HR practices 
and health care coverage. The coverage I get at the WMF for my family 
and myself is no different (including my fully covered "domestic 
partner" aka not-married mother of my children).

My salary has been significantly reduced with the change, indeed. But it 
is definitely more than enough to have a regular middle class life in 
the Bay Area. And then again we would be comparing the salary I had in 
such company after 5 years of (hopefully good) work, not the one I had 
at the beginning. I'm hoping to get some salary increase if/when I can 
proof good results of my work but I'm not even aiming to reach the same 
level I got in a for-profit tech corp in Silicon Valley. That would feel 
wrong, being most of the WMF based on individual donations and being the 
WMF active in so many countries where so much can be done with the 
difference between such corporate salary and the one I've got now.

PS: speaking entirely for myself although I wouldn't be surprised if 
this sentiment is shared among other WMF employees.

Quim Gil
Technical Contributor Coordinator @ Wikimedia Foundation

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