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Comment My experiences (Score 1) 435

I have started declining to tell my current salary. I explain that my offer should be related to the value I bring to the company, not based on previous work at another company.

I went through a screening process a couple of years ago with an enterprise level company. A recruiter reached out to me about a position that looked appealing to me. One of my first questions to the recruiter was the salary range for the position. It was right in line with what I was expecting, and I replied that the range was satisfactory.

During the phone screen (done by the recruiter, not the hiring manager), I passed all of her questions. Towards the end she had some background questions, including my current salary. I explained that I was unwilling to divulge that information, but that I found the agreed salary range to be acceptable.

The recruiter explained that she could not continue the screen without that information. When I explained that I declined again, she hung up on me.

Since then I have spoken to other people that work for the company, and they have nothing good to say about working for the company. So I guess my policy paid off.

Comment Re: NEVER! (Score 1) 435

Plus, it's true. What's your health issuance package look like? What's your vacation policy? Sick days? Are there other benefits you offer? I've taken jobs at lower salary because the rest of the package was much better (simple example, dropped $3k to go to a job that had an extra week of vacation as 10 paid sick days, vs 0 previously, and provides a fully funded pension). Salary is only one part of the compensation package.

Comment Re: Never give a number (Score 1) 435

I don't give my current. I give what I expect for what I'm applying for. My current doesn't matter. If I was fully happy with my situation, I wouldn't be looking. My situation is a bigger picture than just my salary. I've taken several jobs at a lower-than-current pay because the other factors meant more to me at the time.

Comment Re: Traffic Tickets (Score 1) 162

Seconded. While I like the 5 over, I typically don't use it so I wouldn't miss it. Autopilot shines most in heavy traffic. It keeps a safe distance (which is configurable, I prefer to keep it at the further end). Since it is radar based, it helps reduce the catapiller effect in stop-and-go, while also avoiding the "hug the bumper and slam the brakes" trap.

Comment Re: Even the students are smarter than that... (Score 1) 400

Not to mention that you can fail out of Computer Science Engineering because of a bad grade in Middle Eastern History. That actually almost happened to me. I had a 3.9 on my Calculas and Computer Science classes, but because I got a D+ in Chemistry and a D in Middle Eastern History (mostly because I just didn't give a damn about those classes), I had to apply for an excemption and personally argue my case to avoid being removed from Ohio State University's engineering school.

Comment Re: The technology is not ready yet (Score 2) 154

It's pretty ready now. I use it all the time and love it. Living in FL means it makes me a safer driver, not a lesser one. Our highways often have no merge lanes. The entrance ramp ends directly in the highway with no dashed line. That presents you with two choices... 1) ride the lane until it ends, and expect you or the car next to you will slam on your brakes; coin toss to who does. 2) look behind you and see if it is safe to cross across 20 feet of "don't merge" zone; risk running into the car in front of you because they lost the "break coin toss". Mirrors are useless because the other lane is too far away. Autopilot is safer here. I can engage it and trust it will react to what is in front of me and keep me in my lane. That leaves me free to look behind me for a safe merge point, take over, and merge. I can do so in a way that doesn't surprise anyone, and doesn't force anyone into quick decisions, something that should be avoided on the road at all costs. Sure, sane highway design would make everyone safer. But... I live in Florida, and #floridaman isn't a meme because my state is known for thinking consequences through.

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