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What do you all think of this Louis C.K. quote as it relates to pay? “The only time you look in your neighbor's bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don't look in your neighbor's bowl to see if you have as much as them.” Do you think this would make us happier if we didn’t look at how much our neighbors make? Or do you think that by sharing our compensation we can do better as a collective group to force companies to take care of inequalities?

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I think this a convenient quote for employers to use to under pay ppl

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You should look in your neighbor’s bowl to make sure you’re being compensated fairly for the same job

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Openly discussing compensation is precisely making sure everyone’s bowl is full.

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The quote gets basic human nature completely wrong. Human beings don’t do things naturally out of selfless interest as he suggests. It’s cynical but true

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In context he’s telling a child what she should do, not trying to describe what people typically do.

Too simplistic of a quote; it's important for employees to know others' compensations to prevent themselves and others in getting underpaid, while simultaneously it's risky for employees to know others' compensations because most employees think they're a top performer and it just creates conflict/envy when they are not. This is especially true for Big 4, where most people coming in are use to being top of academia and are now learning that 50% of their hiring class are no longer in the top 50%. As for this whole "same job" non-sense, very rarely is that the case. The likelihood of two or more people getting the same exact projects performing at exactly the same level with the same exact attitude and personality is just impractical. Having the same job title doesn't mean you are doing the same job. Unfortunately, luck plays a huge role in our careers.

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I agree with it. It’s not a quote that’s meant to apply to big 4 accounting, it’s a quote that applies to life, and it’s true. People who are otherwise happy with their jobs (yes they exist) get jealous all the time because “someone in industry is making more.” Or just “someone is making more.” Or “that Instagram influencer is making more.” Who cares. I’ve had gripes with my job, but they weren’t money-related probably since I was about an SA2. Because at that point I realized I could afford most things I wanted, so why drive myself insane comparing salary or savings? It doesn’t make sense

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