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Åsa, Andy and Colin are now Senior members of the Buffer team

I wanted to just write a brief post to share a team change we’ve decided to make here at Buffer.

I chatted recently with Carolyn and Sunil and they both expressed that Åsa, Andy and Colin have crushed it in recent months and have been super loyal to Buffer during good times and tougher times.

I completely agreed and think that Åsa, Andy and Colin have been incredible examples of the Buffer culture and of the volume of work which can be done. In addition, Andy and Colin have always upheld the customer support half of our vision to levels which really inspire me.

So we sat down and thought about how we could reward this, and realized that it makes sense with the recent growth of the company to introduce a new change to the team structure and our salary formula.

The 3 of them are now Senior members of the team:

  • Åsa is Senior Happiness Hero
  • Andy is Senior iOS Developer
  • Colin is Senior Back-end Developer

These changes will also mean that Carolyn and Sunil can have some of the new team member onboarding pressure taken off them.Of course as always in the interest of transparency, here is how the adjustment is reflected in salary.

I’m particularly excited about this change, as for the first time our salary formula also includes promotions and is also tagged to performance of Buffer itself. Both these things feel like a great step forward with how we come up with compensation.

We’ve decided that it makes sense for the Senior role to be an increase in 5% of base salary and 3k/$m revenue (currently at $2m for Buffer):

  • Åsa: $85,900 ($45,000 + 5% + 2*$3k, X 1.2 + 22K) (from $76,000)
  • Andy: $107,900 ($60,000 + 5% + 2*$3k, X 1.1 + 22K + 10K) (from $98,000)
  • Colin: $104,800 ($60,000 +5% + 2*$3k, X 1.2 + 12K + 10K) (from $94,000)

I’m excited that we’re at a point with Buffer where it makes sense to think about these kind of team structure changes, and I think we might see some more during the next year.

Congrats Åsa, Andy and Colin! Totally deserved and you’ve already been filling these shoes.

Please ask me any questions about the Buffer salary formula, the new promotion adjustments or anything else below!

  • Nathan Clark

    Really enjoying watching Buffer grow as a business and picking up things as you share along the way. I remember speaking to you Joel once upon a time when Buffer was only 2 or 3 of you in total.

    Nice to see Australia representing too! :)

  • Nathan Clark

    Really enjoying watching Buffer grow as a business and picking up things as you share along the way. I remember speaking to you Joel once upon a time when Buffer was only 2 or 3 of you in total.

    Nice to see Australia representing too! :)

  • Heather YamadaHosley

    Congrats to Andy, Asa, and Colin! Thanks for all your hard work. :)

  • Alec Matias

    How do you differentiate seniority from the experience level? Asa, Andy, and Colin are all senior, however Andy’s experience multiplier is 1.1 compared to 1.2 for Asa and Colin.

    Thanks again for all your open sharing.

    • christopher

      From the outside looking in, it would appear that the experience multiplier is at time-of-hire and is a locked-in rate. Quantifying one’s abilities in this manner provides supervisors with a more accurate set of expectations. It would also allow them to effectively track employee progression, and could provide them with greater insight into their hiring process.

  • Guest

    Interesting that the recent blog post regarding the new COO hire failed to disclose the salary/total compensation.

    Is management exempt from this openess?

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