Guess My Pay: Find out how much your LinkedIn connections get paid

My co-founder (@etothepii) & I have launched our MVP: GuessMyPay.com.

Guess My Pay is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to guess the salaries of your LinkedIn connections. Here's it works: you submit a guess about one of your connections. We aggregate your guess with other guesses that we have received and return our aggregated view. The goal is to empower individuals to recognize when they are being underpaid and take action to realize their true value.

We've got about 100 users so far.

Questions for you:

⭐ Did you do any research before your last salary negotiation?
⭐ When did you last negotiate your salary?
⭐ Would you benefit from knowing how much your colleagues get paid?

We are particularly interested in talking to you if you choose not to download Guess My Pay so that we can understand why.

(Also, if you would like to do an interview swap - i.e. you give us 15 minutes of your time in exchange for 15 minutes of ours - to help with market research, please leave us a comment.)

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    The idea is good. Equating pay with persons linkedin profile is generally a bad idea. I find highly qualified people not doing good in a job setting.
    Being a founder, I would pay more to a person who I think contributes more directly/indirectly to the companies profits. There are lots of factors like dedication, productivity, time spent with company, equity share etc.

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      Have you been through the process with your first hire? How did you find it? How did you establish what someone would contribute in advance?

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    Why would someone wants to guess someone else salary? Isn’t it suppose to be private info?
    Site like Levels.fyi already provides a range of salary based on levels of experience and company, which I found quite accurate.

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      Levels.fyi is great for companies that hire lots of people to do such similar jobs that they have lots of levels. Industry surveys tend to produce a job title + seniority = salary model which can be particularly useless if you have a job title like mine (Data Scientist) that hides a multitude of sins and can mean anything from VBA Script Kiddie to Machine Learning Aficionado.

      As a senior Tech Exec who doesn't see the value in our proposition I would love to trade a 10-minute user feedback interview over zoom, as the sooner we identify the flaws in our logic the faster we can pivot out of the bad ideas.

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    I'm not sure I get the premise.

    Say I guess my colleague is earning $xxx and your aggregate confirms that to be the case.

    1. How does that help me, because the number is only an aggregate of guesses, yes? or are you getting validated salary information?
    2. Why is it relevant? Our pay may be different because she has 7 years more experience than me. Or I may have 10 years more experience than him, or a host of other variables that come in to play.

    Also, as someone who handles salary conversations from both sides (I negotiate my own salary and my staff negotiate theirs with me) the worst reason anyone can ever give in a salary negotiation is to reference how much someone else is getting paid.

    I guess where my argument falls down is in cases where the system is broken, for example with gender or race pay gaps - which are sadly definitely a thing and something that badly needs addressed.

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      Would love to trade a user feedback interview with you over zoom. We're particularly keen to talk to people that don't like the idea as they provide the best avenues for improvement.

      1. The idea is that it helps you to find out if you should be looking for your next role or which skills you should be looking to improve. Yes, the guesses are just aggregations at the moment (though they are only from people you have connected with on LinkedIn so they should know you at least a little).
      2. This helps you because it's astonishing the things that you don't know until you know them. We've been surprised by some of the misapprehension that exists about compensation, I for one would have trained as an Actuary after finishing at Cambridge if I'd known what even the relatively junior ones get paid out here in Bermuda. Heck, I'd have probably started taking exams before I'd even graduated.

      Totally agree that, sexism and racism aside, "x gets paid y" is a poor reason to argue for a pay rise. Consider someone you know at a different company doing a similar job to you or someone you went to university with who did a similar course as you. If their salary is being estimated very differently to yours this could help you decide how much effort you to put into looking for your next role and how much time you should invest in Learning & Development.

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    Would you benefit from knowing how much your colleagues get paid?

    Yes, but not from guesses provided by other people about how much he gets.

    We are particularly interested in talking to you if you choose not to download Guess My Pay so that we can understand why.

    I'd really think this should be it's own site with API connections rather than an extension download, I wouldn't download it, but might have given it a kick as it's own site with cross auth (well I'm a programmer with some privacy context that might not be the avg. user)

    Did you do any research before your last salary negotiation?

    You know where better data exists that I might like more than avg. guesses and might actually be simpler for you, other offers / recruiters...
    (Different professions and different location might react differently for all of this I'm guessing)

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    my go-to mindset: you're never underpaid, you're getting what you settled for

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    • Yes, my research consisted of Glassdoor/Google searches and conversations with colleagues in the industry.
    • When I accepted my first role at my current company 3 years ago.
    • 100% yes. Knowing what my peers get paid would allow me to feel more confident that I won't look like an idiot during salary negotiations. The lack of a benchmark is the biggest source of uncertainty.
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    • No - Except the cost of living in the country I was moving to, this was a huge mistake, especially for my wife.
    • When I joined my current company in October 2016
    • Yes - I have suspicions that my current company relies too heavily on a report provided by a big 4 accounting firm and so job title is overly correlated with commpensation.
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