Variable Programs in Carta Total Comp is now available

What's new?

Variable Compensation Programs

We’re excited to share that Variable Compensation Programs is now available to all users.

Bring your bonus programs into your Total Compensation workflow

Eliminate your manual bonus processes, create better alignment amongst your sales organization, and ensure compliance by entering your commission and bonus programs into your compensation plan within Carta Total Comp.

Maintain your bottom line with a well-organized variable comp program

Variable Compensation Programs adds to our compensation management capabilities. With VCP you can:

  • Create variable compensation programs for your organization.
  • Enter variable compensation programs based on a  flat rate or percentage of base.
  • Assign the relevant variable program(s) to an employee.
  • Automatically calculate an employee’s variable compensation based on the parameters of their assigned VCP(s).

How do I create a Variable Compensation Program?

You can get started with VCP in seconds by:

  1. Navigate to the Plan page.
  2. Variable Compensation Programs can be found on the bottom half of the page.
  3. Click Create variable compensation program  to be guided through the process of creating your first variable compensation program.

How do I learn more or get help?

Visit the resource center for more details

Variable Compensation Programs (VCPs)

Have additional questions about VCP? Reach out to your Account Manager or contact our Support Team.

Introducing Session Types for Tax Advisory


What's new

Employees who have access to Carta Tax Advisory through their employer may now choose from up to four different tax advisory session types. This aims to provide transparency and flexibility so you can have the conversation that's right for you. 

Who this affects

US-based employees subscribed to Carta Tax Advisory through their employer

How it works

Scheduling a session

Log in to your  Carta employee account, navigate to the Tax advice tab.

From there, click on "Book a free session" to browse different session types. 

Once you're on the session type selection page, you'll see a brief outline on how to schedule and a selection of three to four different session types. 

Select the session type that's right for you and click "Schedule free session" to book a time with a tax advisor. 

If you're not quite sure where to start, we recommend starting with the "Understand equity basics" session type to learn about your equity and taxes at a high level.

Note: The "Discuss tender offer participation" session type only appears if your company is currently undergoing a tender offer. 

Preparing for a session

Session types: Discuss tender offer participation | Create tax scenarios

Once you've scheduled a time to speak with a tax advisor, you'll be prompted to upload a few documents. Tax advisors will create personalized tax scenarios using this information so you can have the most accurate tax picture. 

If you don't have these documents on hand now, you can skip this step for later. However, you must upload documents at least 24 hours before your session so advisors have enough time to prepare. 

After uploading your documents, you're ready for your session. 

You'll receive a calendar invite with a zoom link to attend your session at your scheduled time. You can also see this information in your tax advice tab in Carta, with the option to reschedule or cancel using the "View details" button. 

Session types: Ask a quick question | Understand equity basics

Once you've scheduled a time to speak with a tax advisor, there's nothing else you need to prepare ahead of your session.

You'll receive a calendar invite with a zoom link to attend your session at your scheduled time. You can also see this information in your tax advice tab in Carta, with the option to reschedule or cancel using the "View details" button. 



Offer Letter BETA is now available

What's new?

Offer Letter is now available in BETA

Carta Offer Letter is a fully interactive offer statement that communicates the full picture of a job offer—from salary to equity, benefits, and work culture. Everything a candidate needs to evaluate their next career move.

Communicate the potential value of your equity to candidates 

Carta Offer Letter will showcase your company's brand and culture, accurately reflecting each relevant job detail while concisely educating the full value of your candidate's total compensation package.

With Offer Letter, you can:

Make it easy for candidates to picture the future

Allow candidates to explore their potential total compensation over time with powerful, interactive scenario modeling tools.

Fast track your job offer process

Quickly write, extend, approve, and send your offer process with a complete administrative workflow.

Share your company's unique vision

Make winning offers using a customized letter elevating your brand, ensuring compliance, and driving higher acceptance rates.

What do I need to do?

Activate Offer Letters with a few clicks

In Carta Total Comp, navigate to the Offer Letters page, then click Start to begin sending offers.

How do I learn more or get help?

Visit the below support center articles for more details:

Setup Offer Letters

Create an Offer Letter

Candidate experience

Have more questions about Offer Letter? Reach out to your Account Manager or contact our Support Staff for further details.

New Hire Onboarding for Tax Advisory

What's new

New hire onboarding allows new hires to access their Carta account before they receive and accept their equity grant. By creating a stakeholder record for the employee, employees receive an email to register for a Carta account. This grants them access to Carta Tax Advisory.

If you do not add new hires they will need to wait to accept their equity grant in order to access Carta resources, which can take several months to approve and issue. 

New employees often have questions about their equity as soon as they join a company, Carta Tax Advisory gives them access to dedicated 1:1 support from equity tax experts from day 1 to help them understand their equity packages. 

Who does this affect?

Companies subscribed to Carta Tax Advisory

US-based employees (new hires) at companies subscribed to Carta Tax Advisory

How can I give new hires access to their Carta account?

Important notes before starting: 

  1. The new hire onboarding process only applies to companies subscribed to Carta Tax Advisory
  2. Tax advisory sessions are only available to US citizens or residents
  3. Adding an employee into Carta as a stakeholder provides them access to Carta services like Carta Tax Advisory. Ensure you only add employees you intend to issue equity to.

The Stakeholder ledger allows users with Company editor or Legal administrator permissions to view and modify information for a person that holds multiple securities across the company 

Navigate to Stakeholders > All Stakeholders


Under the Manage Stakeholders drop-down, admins can add stakeholders individually or in bulk

Individually add stakeholders

Select “Add stakeholder” in the Manage stakeholders dropdown list



A modal will appear requesting information about the stakeholder

Required fields:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Relationship (i.e. employee)
  • Relationship effective date
  • Add and save an address 

Tax ID, Employee ID, Payroll ID, and other address fields can be input as available, but are not required before equity grant issuance

Bulk add stakeholders

Select Bulk add stakeholders from the Manage stakeholders dropdown


Download the template spreadsheet to import stakeholders’ information, save, and upload the modified file. Carta will run a check on the data entered before saving the changes


Note: Admins should not add new columns or move columns in this sheet. They must use the template as is


Required columns: 

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Relationship (i.e. employee)
  • Relationship effective date (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Country (3 digit) 
  • State (2 digit)

After the updated xslx sheet is uploaded, click “Submit changes” and a confirmation modal will appear

Confirm to complete stakeholder creation


IT Job Area & Refreshed Salary Benchmarks

What’s new?

IT Job Area

Carta will now provide salary and equity benchmarks for the IT job area. Target salary and  equity benchmarks for the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentiles are accessible on the Bands page. Additionally, compa-ratios will be provided to all employees who are assigned to the IT job area.

How do I see benchmarks for the IT job area?

You can view benchmarks for the IT job area by:

  1. Visiting the Bands page and selecting “IT” under Area. 
  2. This will allow you to view salary/equity bands for levels 1 - 8 for the IT job area.  

How do benchmarks for the IT 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. The compa-ratios for an employee assigned to the IT job area will now be calculated using the target compensation for IT.

Benchmarks version 2022-08-15

What changes can I expect from these benchmarks?

Benchmark changes in this release reflect a labor market that continues to see increased salaries, though potentially slowing from what we observed earlier this year across a number of job areas. While most data points moved within +/-3% versus April benchmarks, those that are decreasing by statistically significant amounts are those with either Low or Medium sample sizes.

What were the largest areas of movement from these benchmarks?

With this benchmark update we observed larger than expected movement across a few job areas, driven largely by market dynamics but also changes in our underlying sample. Many of the decreases we observed continue to be in lower valuation ranges, generally concentrated in valuations of less than $25M. We observed significant decreases in the benchmark for Support Level 1 roles across most peer groups, driven in large part by companies re-mapping employees in this role to other job areas/levels. While the underlying sample for this role has changed significantly, the updated benchmark is more recent and fits our model better than the previous version. The increases in benchmarks that we observed are more evenly distributed across peer groups and levels. 

Looking by job area, we saw the largest average increases (ranging from 4% - 5%) and decreases (1%-2%) in the following job areas:

Increases:

  • Research
  • Project Management
  • Strategy

Decreases:

  • Administrative
  • Finance

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.

  1. 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?

Carta Total Compensation is working updates and improvements to our equity benchmarks in order to reflect the current labor market.


Insights for Carta Total Compensation

What’s new?

In order to communicate more information about the benchmark data in Carta Total Compensation, we are now providing several metrics to provide greater clarity around both our peer groups and individual benchmarks. This new information includes aggregate sample size data, benchmark confidence indicators, and more information about each job area/level (including details like complexity, autonomy, and scope).

Aggregate sample sizes in Total Comp

The Bands page now highlights the aggregate sample size to give you insight into the data that contribute to Total Comp’s benchmarks for a particular peer group.

How do I locate the aggregate sample size for a particular peer group?

  1. Navigate to the Bands page.
  2. Select your peer group.
  3. The aggregate sample size for said peer group will be listed under the selected peer group.
  4. This includes both the number of records as well as the number of companies which factored into the benchmarks for the specified peer group.

Benchmark Confidence 

Carta provides confidence metrics for sample size, recency, and goodness of fit to understand Carta’s stated confidence in the benchmark for a particular band. Confidence metrics are calculated for the band (job area x level) across all peer groups. 

  • Sample size: The number of datapoints included in this benchmark.
  • Recency: The relative proportion of newly effective datapoints underlying the benchmark.
  • Goodness of fit: The accuracy of the model to predict benchmarks based on trends in the underlying data. 

How do I find the benchmark confidence for a particular band?

You can find the benchmark confidence for a particular band either by:

  1. Navigating to the Bands page and hovering over the band to view the band level confidence tool tip.
  2. Navigating to the Bands page and selecting a role within the bands table to launch the Job Breakdown Modal.

Band Level Details

Band level details provide complete benchmark information all in one place. This includes percentile data for salary and equity, benchmark confidence metrics, and additional details about each job area/level.

  1. Band overview: High-level details for the selected band (area x level).
  2. Compensation breakdown: Visual breakdown of the salary + equity compensation for the selected band across all target percentiles.
  3. Benchmark Confidence: Visualization of Carta’s confidence in the underlying sample size, recency, and goodness of fit for a given benchmark.
  4. Band level details: Explainers covering the roles and responsibilities for the currently selected band (job area x level).

How do I enable Insights for Carta Total Compensation?

In order to access the new Insights functionality in Carta Total Compensation, you must first ensure your account is updated to the 2022-07-12 benchmarks. 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.

  1. 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?

Carta Total Compensation will add the ability to define variable compensation programs and assign them to employees

Improvements to Engineering Specializations

Benchmarks 2022-06-16

What changes can I expect from these benchmarks?

This version resolves an issue with level progression in the benchmark version released on 2022-06-09. If you did not update to the 2022-06-09 benchmarks you were not impacted by this bug. There are no other changes to benchmarks or specializations in this release.

Carta will now provide salary + equity benchmarks for the following engineering specializations:

  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Hardware
  • Mobile
  • Web Engineering

In addition, benchmarks data has been refreshed for the following existing engineering specializations:

  • DevOps and Site Reliability
  • Quality Assurance
  • UX/Frontend

Note that for all of our specializations the sample size is smaller than job area benchmarks which could result in data volatility as we continue to update the data and grow our overall sample size.

What were the largest areas of movement from these benchmarks?

For existing specializations, salaries increased an average of approximately 3% compared to the previous version of the benchmarks. The largest increases are generally concentrated at more senior levels and in higher valuation peer groups. We also observed some decreases in the salary benchmarks, mostly at levels 1 and 2 at valuations below $50 million. While some of these changes are driven by market dynamics, some of the change is driven by the limited sample size for these roles. Equity benchmarks also reflect a mix of increases and decreases compared to the last benchmark version which are also being driven by a combination of market dynamics and sample size.

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.

How can I assign an employee to a specialization?

You can assign an employee to an engineering specialization by: 

  1. Visiting the Employee Scorecard page for a particular employee and selecting “Edit” next to the employee’s role and then selecting “Job area and level” on the Update details page.

  1. Select the “Specialization” dropdown to assign an employee to one of the listed specializations.

Note: specialization benchmarks are currently limited to AI and Machine Learning. DevOps + Site Reliability, Hardware, Mobile, Quality Assurance, UX/Frontend, and Web Engineering for the engineering job area.

How do I see benchmarks for engineering specializations?

You can view benchmarks for engineering specializations by:

  1. Visiting the Bands page and selecting “Engineering” under Area. Once the engineering job area is selected, you can change the engineering specializations by selecting the Specialization dropdown.


How do engineering specializations 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. The compa-ratios for an employee assigned to the AI and Machine Learning, Hardware, Mobile, and Web Engineering specializations will now be calculated using the target compensation for the specializations.

What’s next?

Additional functionality around data transparency that will provide users insight into the underlying data used to generate benchmarks in Carta Total Compensation.

New Employee Scorecard & Engineering Specializations

What’s new?

New Employee Scorecard

We’ve restructured the Employee Scorecard to increase legibility and improve comprehension of your employee’s role information and compensation details. 

The updated Employee Scorecard is broken down into logical groupings of information to help you quickly identify important information.

  1. Employee Overview
  2. Annual Compensation Breakdown
  3. Equity Breakdown

Engineering Specializations Benchmarks 2022-06-09

What changes can I expect from these benchmarks?

Carta will now provide salary + equity benchmarks for the following engineering specializations:

  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Hardware
  • Mobile
  • Web Engineering

In addition, benchmarks data has been refreshed for the following existing engineering specializations:

  • DevOps and Site Reliability
  • Quality Assurance
  • UX/Frontend

Note that for all of our specializations the sample size is smaller than job area benchmarks which could result in data volatility as we continue to update the data and grow our overall sample size.

What were the largest areas of movement from these benchmarks?

For existing specializations, salaries increased an average of approximately 3% compared to the previous version of the benchmarks. The largest increases are generally concentrated at more senior levels and in higher valuation peer groups. We also observed some decreases in the salary benchmarks, mostly at levels 1 and 2 at valuations below $50 million. While some of these changes are driven by market dynamics, some of the change is driven by the limited sample size for these roles. Equity benchmarks also reflect a mix of increases and decreases compared to the last benchmark version which are also being driven by a combination of market dynamics and sample size.

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.

How can I assign an employee to a specialization?

You can assign an employee to an engineering specialization by: 

  1. Visiting the Employee Scorecard page for a particular employee and selecting “Edit” next to the employee’s role and then selecting “Job area and level” on the Update details page.

  1. Select the “Specialization” dropdown to assign an employee to one of the listed specializations.

Note: specialization benchmarks are currently limited to AI and Machine Learning. DevOps + Site Reliability, Hardware, Mobile, Quality Assurance, UX/Frontend, and Web Engineering for the engineering job area.

How do I see benchmarks for engineering specializations?

You can view benchmarks for engineering specializations by:

  1. Visiting the Bands page and selecting “Engineering” under Area. Once the engineering job area is selected, you can change the engineering specializations by selecting the Specialization dropdown.


How do engineering specializations 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. The compa-ratios for an employee assigned to the AI and Machine Learning, Hardware, Mobile, and Web Engineering specializations will now be calculated using the target compensation for the specializations.

What’s next?

Additional functionality around data transparency that will provide users insight into the underlying data used to generate benchmarks in Carta Total Compensation.

Account Recovery Measures

Who This Affects

Users without a verified secondary email address

What’s New

Additional emails are required to assist users with providing a secondary login credential in case access to their primary email address is lost. As part of our efforts to improve our clients' account security, we are updating the process of adding and verifying your additional email address. 

As part of this release, we will be notifying all users without a verified additional email address to add or verify the email they have listed. This subset of users will be receiving an email notification, as well as an outstanding task in their Carta account’s task manager. 


Timing

  • This update is available to 25% of randomly selected Carta users
  • General availability for all users by the end of Q2

Total Comp Geo Factor Refresh

What's new?

Benchmarks version 2022-05-26

What changes can I expect from these benchmarks?

Geographic adjustments have been updated to reflect current cost-of-labor data across the US. There have been no changes to the underlying benchmarks that were released on April 13, 2022, details of which can be found here.

Given the current sample size of Carta Total Compensation we are now able to rely on data from Total Compensation customers, representing the broad tech industry, to determine cost-of-labor differentials in 33 cities (previously 17 cities). For all other US metropolitan areas we continue to rely on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) which is based on a wider set of industries and type of employee.

What were the largest areas of movement from these benchmarks?

For most of the largest markets in Carta Total Compensation we’ve observed an increase in pay relative to the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of the changes to key markets include the following (SF Bay Area = 100%):

Metro Area
Previous Adjustment
New Adjustment
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
89%
100%
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
97%
100%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
85%
94%
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
87%
94%
Austin-Round Rock, TX
82%
91%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL*
68%
90%

* Data source for Miami has changed from BLS to Carta Total Compensation due to our increased sample size.

Outside of our largest markets we observe a mix of increases and decreases relative to Bay Area compensation levels, but on average there has been a slight increase.

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.

Improvements to MSA borders

Carta Total Compensation currently defaults employees who are not in a supported Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) to a geographic adjustment factor equal to your plan’s threshold value. With this update, Carta Total Compensation will now use the adjustment factor for the nearest supported MSA.

What’s next?

Additional functionality that will allow users to apply a level-based approach to geographic adjustments.

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