Improvements to job leveling framework

We've enhanced the leveling framework with new and updated job areas and specializations. This improvement is an important step toward expanding the scope of the Bands feature to include benchmarks for these new job areas and specializations. 

NOTE: These updates do not impact your employee's target salary or equity, as they are simply improvements to the labeling system to more accurately reflect trends in job functions.

The following job areas and specializations have been added and updated. Job areas marked with an asterisk (*) are currently only available for leveling purposes and do not yet support bands. At this time, all specializations still do not differentiate bands/benchmarks from their top-level job area, however, we will soon be launching specialized bands starting with Engineering, IT, Marketing, and HR. You will be notified as soon as bands are available for these new areas and specializations.

Job AreaSpecialization
AdministrationAdministrative Assistant
Corporate Affairs*Government Affairs
Corporate Affairs*Regulatory Affairs
Customer SuccessTraining
DataBusiness Intelligence and Analytics
DesignIndustrial Design
DesignUX Design
EngineeringCrypto and Web3
EngineeringData Engineering
EngineeringWeb Engineer
FinanceFinancial Planning and Analysis
FinanceTax
HRBenefits
HRCompensation
HRDiversity
HRHR Generalist
HRLearning and Development
HRTotal Rewards
IT*Information Security
IT*Information Services
IT*Network Ops
LegalCorporate Counsel
LegalParalegal
Manufacturing*Assembly
Manufacturing*Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing*Production Planning
Manufacturing*Quality Assurance
MarketingCommunications/Public Relations
MarketingCreative Marketing
MarketingDigital Marketing
MarketingEvents
MarketingMarketing Operations
MarketingProduction
OperationsFacilities
ProductTechnical Writing
Project ManagementNon-Technical Project Management
Project ManagementTechnical Project Management
ResearchClinical Science
ResearchPre-Clinical Science
ResearchProcess Development
ResearchSupport
SalesSales/Solutions Engineering
StrategyBusiness Operations
StrategyCorporate/Business Development

New Updated User Roles

Soon, Carta customers will start seeing an expanded set of Roles to help you reflect the different individuals who are handling different aspects of Cap Table management.

For now, users assigned to new roles will serve as point of contact for their areas. Over time, these individuals will see updated experiences and be guided to relevant Carta tools.

To see this experience, Navigate to "Company > Permissions and Roles > Roles"

Improved Public Exercising Experience

Option exercising with Public companies is now easier than ever. 

The exercising experience for public companies has been improved. The exercise request is now a coherent workflow guiding users through each step and providing key information about the exercise. With this detail, users can be more confident with their selection at each step of the exercise request. If there are issues with the exercise, clearer banners explain how Carta calculates share amounts and market prices.


Who this affects: 🇺🇸 Public US companies

What's new:

  • New experience for exercise requests:

    • Added explanations of exercise transaction methods
    • Clearer confirmation of address and payout method
    • Improved order details with indicators on maximum eligible options and clear explanation of order types
    • Incorporated review of taxes withheld and reminder of potential for additional taxes owed at end of the year
    • Summarized the exercise request clearly laying out the cost and transaction details so users understand what will be needed 
  • Cashless exercising reflects issuer imposed trade limits

Action required: No action required

Timing: Released to 100% of all public companies on Jan 24, 2022

Pre-filled W-9s in LP Closings Tool

What's New

LPs subscribing to Funds and SPVs using Carta's Closings Tool can now E-Sign a pre-filled W-9 while filling out subscription documents. 

Having LPs submit a tax form is an important part of the closings process for any Fund or SPV to ensure tax teams correctly prepare LP K-1s. We received feedback from LPs about the friction of printing, signing, and uploading W-9s and wanted to streamline the process.

How it Works

For Individuals

For U.S. based LPs subscribing as an Individual, we can now optionally pre-fill a W-9 for them to review and E-sign in just three clicks. The W-9 is pre-filled based on the information the LP already provided as part of their subscription. 

For Partnerships and LLCs

For LPs subscribing as a partnership or through a LLC we'll ask some additional questions to ensure we are accurately representing the LPs federal tax classification on the W9.

With the initial release of this product we will not be pre-filling W-8s or W-8BEN-Es for non-US LPs but will still allow them to upload their own form.

Who this affects

This is now available to any LPs using Carta's Closings Tool. The Closings Tool gives LPs a quick and easy way to fill out Fund and SPV subscription documents. 

Set Your Target Market Position

What's new?

Target Market Percentiles

Carta Total Comp will now show target data for the 25th, 50th, and 75th salary and equity percentiles.

How do I change my target market percentile for my compensation bands?

You can update your target market position to use the new percentiles either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Create plan" button in the Active Plan window. The Create Plan window contains a section called “Market position by job area” where you can specify your target salary and target equity percentiles.
  2. Visiting the Bands page and clicking “Edit” under Target criteria. Once in edit mode, you can change the target market position by selecting the Percentile dropdown.


Market Position by Job Area

Carta Total Comp users will now be able to set their organization's target market positioning by element of compensation (salary + equity) and job area to make sure they're getting a view of market competitiveness that supports their overall talent strategy.

How do I update my Plan to define my market position by job area?

You can update your existing compensation philosophy by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Create plan" button in the Active Plan window.
  2. Under "Market position by job area" you will see a table containing your default salary + equity positioning.
  3. Select the "+" icon to create additional market positions by job area.
  4. Each additional market position will allow you to specify the job area, target salary percentile, and target equity percentile.

How does Market Position by Job Area affect the Employee Scorecard?

The compa-ratio is a quick way to compare an employee's compensation to your plan's target rate for a given job area, level, and location. A plan that specifies a market position for a job area adjusts the target rate for all employees in said job area. These changes can be previewed by selecting the “Save and preview plan” button on the Create Plan page.

Benchmarks version 2022-01-21

  • Our market estimates now include measures of the 25th and 75th percentile by job area, level and peer group. 
  • We've updated the Salary bands for all job areas to reflect market changes and improvements to our benchmarking model.

How do I update my plan to use the new benchmarks version?

You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.
  2. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

What’s next? 

We will be expanding our benchmarks to include salary and equity data for the following Engineering Specializations: DevOps, Frontend, QA, and Software Engineering.

Funds Can Now Review and Request SOI Updates in-App

What’s new?

Valuation updates can now be submitted directly in Carta!

We kicked off EoY reporting by launching Schedule of Investments (SOI) review emails with in-app flows for Fund Managers approve their valuations, markup their investments, or request other updates right in Carta. This is the first step in a set of functionality for making the quarterly and annual reporting process easier than ever.


How it works:

Rather than Fund Admins having to comb through investment valuations for every entity and curate one-off email threads with Fund Managers to ask for reviews and updates, they can now kickoff these emails with just a few clicks in Carta, and easily track where each entity is in the reporting process.

Fund Managers will be sent a link to their SOI for review and approval, where they can approve on the spot or request changes directly in app. For markups or markdowns, they can go through a fully in-app flow to complete the updates. They no longer need to go download their SOIs and itemize every change through email, to send back to their Fund Admin.

Any approvals or requests for changes will automatically be queued for Fund Admins to review and push through, while markups and markdowns that pass health checks will push through updates directly and be routed to Carta's Deal Docs team, so they can review and catalogue supporting documentation.


Who does this impact?

Fund Admins now have quicker, more efficient ways to send out SOIs to kickoff financial reporting, and track where each of their entities are in the process. They can spend less time keeping track of multiple email threads and keeping mental lists of which assets are ready to go and which need to updated.

Fund Managers can also view their SOIs by fund and directly request changes at any time, within Carta as needed, ensuring asset valuations are up to date throughout the year.


What’s next?

The team is working to add more in-app methods for funds to easily to keep their investment valuations up to date, such as note conversions, further reducing the time delays from back and forth emails, and ensuring better expediency and accuracy for valuation updates. 

Equity Value Settings

What's new?

You can now select how equity value is displayed in the Scorecard and communicated to employees in Total Rewards in the new Equity Settings section in the General Settings page.

How to use

Navigate to Settings in the top navigation and then click on the General Settings tab on the left-side navigation.

In the Equity Settings section, there are two options:

  • Equity share price - Set the value of the share price either using the Last Preferred Price or set a custom value.
  • Equity value calculation - There are two options to choose from to determine how equity value is calculated:
    1. Net equity value - The in-the-money value of all equity grants (i.e. net of any exercise costs). RSUs assume a strike price of zero. This is the recommended setting for most situations.
    2. Notional equity value - This is the gross value of the equity (i.e., shares granted times the equity share price).

NOTE: When using the Net equity value option on the Bands page, Total Comp will always display the notional (face) value of equity according to your set equity share price as exercise costs are only taken into consideration for individual equity awards.

Prior to this update, all equity value was calculated only using the notional value method. We recommend customers review compensation philosophy with their teams to make the determination on the best methodology for your unique circumstances.

IFRS Initial Release - Financial Reporting

What’s new

Companies using our newest version of the financial reporting tool can now report following International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). 

This is the first release of our IFRS reporting that includes:
1. Tranche based valuations
2. FIN28 amortization
3. Correct relationship valuation methodology (differs from US GAAP)
4. Stakeholder country field added to reports
5. Disclosures
6. Stock-based compensation expense journal entry
7. Report error validations specific to IFRS reporting

Later releases will include:
1. In-app custom assumption overrides
2. Forfeiture rate by grouping

How it works

When going to create a new expense scenario, there is now an additional step where users can select which reporting standard they want that scenario to follow. Users have the ability to create multiple scenarios to support both IFRS and US GAAP.

Once the scenario is created users can create both SBC expense reports and disclosure reports that follow the standard and give supporting calculations. 

Who this affects

Private and public companies using our new financial reporting tool. 

Timing

Available for legacy V1 IFRS users and beta customers. If you have a customer that is interested in being a beta user, reach out to Jess Carthey via slack. 

GA will begin with the second release which includes in-app custom assumptions. 

Total Comp Benchmarks Version 2022-01-10

What’s new?

We've updated the Salary bands for the Engineering, Data, and Research job areas to reflect market changes and improvements to our benchmarking model.

How do I update my plan to use the new benchmarks version?

You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.
  2. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

What's next?

On January 21, we will be launching a new enhancement to the Plan feature that will let you set your target market position (25th, 50th, or 75th percentiles) for salary and equity by job area. Stay tuned for this major release!

New "Firm Management" page

What’s new?
Today, we are rolling out a new homepage for Carta Fund Admin GPs. The new Firm Management page is the first step in a series of new features we’ll be implementing to simplify the GP experience on the platform.

How it works
Instead of landing on the Firm Overview page when logging in, GPs will now see the new Firm Management page. From this page GPs can easily:
  • See an overview of all their entities’ high-level metrics 
  • Search & navigate to any of their entities
  • Access fund detail pages like Fund Performance, Partners, and Investments
  • Filter and sort their entities
Who does this impact?
The new homepage will be available to all Carta Fund Admin GPs. This has no impact on the LP experience, LP Portal-only experience, or free-firm experience. 

What’s next?
Over the next few weeks, the team will be working on adding more functionality and features to the page. Stay tuned for more details
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