Amazon.com may allow dogs in the office and offer bus passes to staffers, but it is still among the most stressful big companies to work at in high-tech. And don’t let Mark Zuckerberg’s casual hoodie fool you. Facebook too was among the most stressful high-tech workplaces, though employees of the social networking powerhouse reported being the most satisfied in their jobs.

Those are some of the findings today from Payscale’s Technology Company Salary and Job Satisfaction Report. The survey by the Seattle company ranked nine technology companies on factors such as compensation, demographics and workplace flexibility.

The stresses at Amazon.com are well known. And while Payscale’s report points to some Amazon.com perks (bus passes, dogs in the office, restricted stock), it also shows some areas where it lags other high-tech employers. For example, employees at Amazon.com received a median of 2.2 weeks of vacation each year. Only Apple offered its workers less vacation time at 2.1 weeks.

Amazon.com also was ranked as the least flexible work environment of the nine tech companies surveyed. Microsoft, on the other hand, offers its employees the most flexibility.

Google and Microsoft offered the best pay. The median pay for mid-career workers at Google was $141,000. That compared to $110,000 at Amazon.com and $127,000 at Microsoft.

But Microsoft beat its search rival in terms of starting pay. The starting median pay at Microsoft was $86,900 — the best among the nine companies surveyed.

H-P paid the worst, with the report indicating that workers at the computer maker earn 15 percent less than similar workers at other big tech companies. H-P workers also were the least satisfied.

The tech business remains largely male dominated. A third of workers at Facebook are women, the best among the nine tech companies surveyed. Microsoft and Intel were at the bottom of the pack at 20 percent.

The report also listed some of the perks associated with each company, from health club memberships at Microsoft to free food at Google to free cable TV at H-P.

Here’s a look at the chart showing the top and bottom companies in terms of pay:

Previously on GeekWire: Study: Facebook leads in work-life balance, Amazon trails

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/kevinseattle Kevin B

    @johnhcook:twitter you should right-click on facebook and click “add to dictionary” :-)

  • Madcap

    Amazon hires a lot of low-skilled labor at fulfillment centers which may be seasonal and certainly has a lot of turnover. It’s not clear if the stats above account for that. I find it difficult to believe that the median tenure among the technical workers at Amazon (my employer) is only 1 year. 2-3 years, maybe.

    • kjs

      In the areas of operations, IT, and engineering a three year tenure is considered LONG.

  • Guest

    This makes me want to work at Google even more. I know it’s super competitive though, which worries me. Any tips for someone who will be getting their Bachelor’s in CS soon?

    • Cletuz

      yes, get in line…a very long and accomplished line. Perhaps a M.S.or even better a P.H.D.That way you wont feel like an idiot when you’re told that they may have a position in reception that might better suit your generic skills. Sorry but it’s true cowboy. Now get back to school and stop pretending your B.S. is going to be worth a crap. I hear McDonalds is hiring shift managers.

      • http://twitter.com/bitsinmotion Mark C

        You really are an idiot.  I know several developers at Google, and they all have nothing but bachelor’s degrees.  One of them in Journalism.

    • Random Kid

      I work at Google and I only have a Bachelor’s in CE, so it’s not impossible. But I’m not saying it was easy. If you really want to land a gig at Google, you need to get in the habit of keeping up with the latest trends/technologies and work on your own ambitious side projects since that’s the best way to develop an edge. School isn’t a recipe for superstars, so fears of needing a Masters or PhD aren’t justified (although it can definitely get you better pay).

      Having said that, Google is absolutely one of the best places to work.

    • Al

      I disagree with comment on get in line. Focus on what the industry wants, Cloud, development, and new trends like developing Windows 8 apps. A lot of business will need to move their existing infrastructures to the new age and you will be greatly rewarded if you are in this fields.

  • Irmaryan

    Poor people. Stressed with their six-figure income. Someone should go ask the single parent at McDonald’s who is trying to pay the rent if she is stressed. I’ve been a stressed employee at McDonalds’ and a stressed professional. I’ll take the stress of professionalism.

    • Amazonian

       Agree.

      I work for Amazon, and compare to other jobs I don’t find it so stressful at all.

    • http://twitter.com/topscientist Top Scientist

      Nobody asked for your sympathy, jerkoff.
       

    • Sarah

      Oh please…working at McDonald’s is only stressful if you’re not very bright. Moving up from the lowest point at McDonald’s is one of the EASIEST things to do – show up for work, avoid slacking off during your work hours, work more efficiently or dependably than others (many of whom didn’t even make through high school), study on the side, go to school and get a degree, sign up for a certification….you could do ALMOST ANYTHING to improve your skills and get a better job opportunity than that. Figuring how to advance in Amazon? A MILLION TIMES HARDER – some very smart, highly educated, highly successful and responsible people get weeded out quickly. That’s REAL STRESS – not sitting around worrying about your rent because a mindless, minimum wage job doesn’t pay you enough…IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO! You don’t provide enough value as an employee – that’s why you’re compensated at that level. And also why you could literally do almost anything to improve it too.

  • Irmaryan

    Poor people. Stressed with their six-figure income. Someone should go ask the single parent at McDonald’s who is trying to pay the rent if she is stressed. I’ve been a stressed employee at McDonalds’ and a stressed professional. I’ll take the stress of professionalism.

  • Guest

    Without including stock-based compensation, this comparison is pretty meaningless. Apple employees are probably making as much in that as they are base pay. Like MS employees used to back when the company actually performed.

    • Seattle tech worker

      Same with Amazon–notoriously low base pay but the sign-on bonuses and stock grants are quite lucrative.  Microsoft recently (and I should add FINALLY) changed/improved their comp plan to try and remedy the fact that their stock’s been flat for a decade and they’re losing the war for top talent among tech companies.

  • Guest

    Without including stock-based compensation, this comparison is pretty meaningless. Apple employees are probably making as much in that as they are base pay. Like MS employees used to back when the company actually performed.

  • Guest

    Without including stock-based compensation, this comparison is pretty meaningless. Apple employees are probably making as much in that as they are base pay. Like MS employees used to back when the company actually performed.

  • Vijima

    Yes I do agree.
    My son in Amazon works round the clock (!), that means almost ….without no time to spend with his wife…hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
    Somebody should do something for this ,…..like Bill Gates!

  • Seattleite

    I worked for Amazon (note the tense), and it was by far the most horrific work environment I have ever encountered andhope to ever encounter. I and my colleagues were miserable. One of my colleagues told me he’d happily worked at Microsoft for a decade before moving to Amazon, and he was already contemplating his escape within four months. I have no trouble believing most Amazonians last only a year. That was true for me. My experience was so horrible I now refuse to patronize the company in any way. In short, it’s a white collar sweatshop, and its work practices cannot be defended. Don’t support Amazon. But local.

    • Ss

      Hah, work at Amazon India and then you’ll know.

  • Lit

    hey,a friend of mine just got hired by amazon and they have signing bonus plus they added an additional week of vacation to their 1st year from 2 wks to 3wks, 2nd year will be 4 wks. It’s different for everyone…

    • bhavesh

      In india, amazon are giving 39 days of vacation (PL + CL + SL)…

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