The Time When YouTube Eliminated Pay Bias For Its Product Managers

Hunter Walk

If you haven’t checked out #TalkPay on Twitter, you should. People are tweeting about their salary histories. Not verifiable and not scientific, but part of the desire to help drive awareness and close pay gaps for the same jobs, whether between men and women, or Caucasians and other ethnicities.

At the heart of pay bias issues are the employers who, with short-term thinking, pay less to people when circumstances allow it. Maybe because someone isn’t as good a negotiator as their peers for example. I certainly don’t believe everyone doing the same job function should automatically be paid the same — gaps in wages based on objective measures of performance are part of a good compensation strategy — but during my years at Google I was exposed to the wages of dozens (maybe hundreds) of our product managers across all roles, seniority and performance levels. And I’ll tell you, even at…

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