For Wall Street traders and corporate city slickers, December is the festive month of large, overindulgent Christmas bonuses. But what about for engineers?
When it comes to powering up your end of year salary, do your employers come through on your bonus wishlists, or fly right over your chimney without stopping?
And does it matter to you?
Do you feel bonuses accurately reflect performance metrics, or are they just a feel good motivator to tide employees over for yet another year?
The good news is that according to December's Dice survey, tech professionals seem more optimistic this year than they were last year about receiving an end of year bonus. This could be a sign that things are picking up, and that the economic gloom may be lifting a little.
But, be that as it may, just how do you even snag a bonus? Is it all about being naughty or nice? Apparently not. It seems it's mostly just about serving your time.
"The key threshold appears to be six years of experience," said Alice Hill, managing director of Dice.com, commenting on the survey results.
Hill noted that after the six year milestone, over 50 percent of tech professionals said they were bonus eligible, though of course it was no guarantee.
Interestingly, Hill said many company-wide bonuses tended to be viewed as a "me thing," determined largely by individual competence and personal performance, though that was not the case in the technology department, where bonuses gained and lost were a "company thing."
Perhaps engineers are just better team players.
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