Compensation and Salaries in Today's Economy: A Reality Check



  • Join us to discuss money with a stellar panel of salary and compensation experts from ExecuStaff, the Merit Resource Group and Omura Consulting.

    Part of the Career Forum Series


    Steve Bertran, (bio) Merit Resource Group
    Gary Omura, (bio) Omura Consulting
    Jay Andalis, (bio) ExecuStaff


    Patti Wilson, (bio) Founder,The Career Company

    What constitutes a low offer in today's economy? What is a reasonable percentage annual raise when your company has downsized or warned analysts on diminished profits? Is there a widening disparity between startup and large organization's salaries and benefits? What is the current thinking on employee rewards, retention and compensation in a recessionary economy?

    Join a panel of compensation experts to find out about salary, compensation realities versus employee and job seeker expectations in Silicon Valley. Learn about what has happened to compensation levels, stock options, and employee benefit programs for executive management, technical and marketing professionals, and sales commission plans both in house and for new hires.


    About the Panelists


    Steve Bertram

    Steve's broad experience in compensation plan design, analysis and consulting derives from a solid 23-year career as a practicing human resource professional. For the past 10 years his compensation focus has ranged from creating and implementing compensation programs and systems for small pre- and post-IPO software companies; mid- to large-sized manufacturing and warehousing businesses with R&D and international workforces; and businesses in the financial services industry; to fulfilling corporate-level compensation, benefits and HRIS responsibilities for a Fortune 50 corporation in Mountain View, CA.


    Gary Omura

    Gary Omura has over twenty years of human resources management experience, specializing in the areas of employee compensation and benefits. He has played a lead role in the integration of compensation and benefit programs for a number of mergers & acquisitions within the high-technology industries, including Wind River-Integrated Systems Inc., KLA-Tencor, Unisys-Convergent Technologies, and GE-Calma.


    Jay Andalis

    Jay Andalis has over 20 years of management experience, with the last 10 years being spent as an HR practitioner.For the past several years his focus has been with Execustaff as a Sr. HR Generalist for high-tech startups. Jay currently oversees the needs of nearly 30 clients that include companies in software development, telecommunications, and biotech. Jay has hands on experience implementing the Human Resources infrastructure for his developing clients. This includes recruiting, compensation plan design, benefits, performance management, and incentive plans Jay received his B.A degree from St. Mary's College of California.

    About the Moderator


    Patti Wilson

    With a Masters Degree in Career Development, Patti Wilson, owner of the Career Company has helped literally thousands of Bay Area professionals manage their careers, find new opportunities and thrive in their jobs. She has an inspiring, direct and humorous delivery style that engages as well as motivates people to action.


    Event Logistics


    Cubberly Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H1
    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30-7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments/pizza
    7:00pm Presentation


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum Members
    No charge for SDForum members and students with ID
    No registration required