C-Circle – Employment Compensation – Trends and Tools

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 8:00am-10:00am
Location: Morgan Lewis
3000 El Camino Real
Two Palo Alto Square
6th Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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The ACG Silicon Valley C-Circle, now in its fifth year, proudly announces that it has attracted a following of approximately 250 CEOs and C-Level executives and achieved a regular attendance of 35 executives per session.


Employment Compensation – Trends and Tools

A talent drought in Silicon Valley has tech companies–big and small–thinking outside the box when it comes to company perks. Not only is the war for tech talent is forcing new and established companies in Silicon Valley to pay escalating amounts of cash and stock to hire—or keep—employees, but these companies are being forced to make the jobs “sexier”, the work-place more fun and careers more meaningful for employees. From free weekly massages and wine tastings to latte art classes, companies’ perk programs are constantly evolving to keep current employees happy and entice new talent.

Please join us for a lively discussion of the following questions:

  • How much has total compensation increased in Silicon Valley for technical talent?
  • What other areas are experiencing increases in compensation?
  • Is it true that perks like sign-on bonuses, 100 percent health insurance coverage, unlimited days off and catered lunches have become so common in Silicon Valley that those aren’t really considered “perks” anymore, but instead are regarded as standard benefits?
  • What other type of unusual perks are being used?
  • Are “forgivable” loans being used?
  • Is it true that Perks at FitBit, include Zumba, Kickboxing and other fitness classes on campus, a fitness stipend each month and a day each week where the employees are encouraged to wear their gym attire to work so that they can spontaneously break out into different workout moves throughout the day?
  • What are the trends with respect to stock compensation?
  • What is the typical stock compensation for executives in emerging tech companies?
  • What is typical stock compensation for entry level and mid-level employees?
  • How do the stock and other benefits being offered compare with those offered in the late 1990’s?


Guest Expert

Susan Stemper

Managing Director,
Pearl Meyer

Susan Stemper is a Managing Director at Pearl Meyer with more than twenty years of compensation experience as an advisor and practitioner. Based in our San Francisco office, she specializes in executive compensation and corporate governance matters for compensation committees and for management. She works with companies in a variety of industries, bringing particular expertise in the biotechnology, technology and intellectual capital based sectors.

Prior to rejoining the firm in 2012, Susan headed compensation at Biogen, leading the strategy and design for the company’s executive and board remuneration programs and staff compensation globally. Prior to Biogen, she was a Managing Director in our Boston office. Susan is an expert in initial public offering preparation; short- and long-term incentive strategy and design; global remuneration strategies and program design; corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions; pay-for-performance; deferred compensation arrangements; and equity plans.
Susan earned her B.S. in Business and her M.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Susan is a featured speaker on executive and board compensation and governance, including programs for the Silicon Valley Directors Exchange, WomenCorporateDirectors, the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, and chapters of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She serves on the advisory groups to the Northern California Chapter of the NACD, the Silicon Valley Directors Exchange, and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. She is a Governor of the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston.



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