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But anyway, my salary at the acquiring company was quite good ($135k with bonus, stock, etc.). I checked on glassdoor.com and it looks to be comparable to other developers at the company. I agree with some previous posters that if you want to be treated more than just a code monkey, work for a company that understands what developers bring to the table, that programming is very much a creative art and not at all like a bricklayer. If you work for a company whose core business is far away from tech (off the top of my head I am thinking a manufacturer or an insurance company, etc.) you will probably not be thought of as key and so I would assume your salary would reflect that. Check out salaries for software developers at companies like Cisco, Apple, Google, and Oracle and you will see they are pretty good.
Now you do have to consider the location. These companies are all based in expensive areas (Silicon Valley, east coast areas like NY and Boston) so their salaries will have to be higher just because of that. But still, overall I do believe that tech companies will give better salaries for developers than other companies.
What this does is tell him *exactly* who has been selling his address. He has actually had several times where sites people would consider "legitimate" would deny that they sell the address but after he explained his system to them they admitted that they did. Another good thing about this is that you can disable an e-mail address if one of them is compromised.
Its a lot more work than just using a single e-mail for everything but it works well.
We are a close-knit team that works very well together and has repeatedly delivered under pressure. The core members of the team have been together for at least 7 years, with a few others that have been with us for around 3 years. We think of ourselves more as a family than as a "team", and we are sad that it looks like we'll be going our separate ways. But an entire, cohesive team of people becoming free at once does provide an opportunity that may not occur very often and so I wanted to ask the greater Slashdot community if they have seen any situations where an entire team (or most of one) can be hired by another company all at once. Would companies even consider this or is it just a pipe dream? I'd imagine that a huge advantage of hiring an almost complete team would be the ability to rapidly deploy that team on a problem, project, or product. But the disadvantage would be that the company would lose the flexibility to control everyone they hire and deploy as desired and would rather make individual offers than a blanket offer. Also the semantics of swallowing whole a team would be much more complex than just a single person here and there.
So have people heard of this before? Are there recruiters that specialize in placing entire teams? Any companies in the NYC area interested?