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Vivient Consulting and WorldatWork have announced the findings of two new 2015-2016 executive and employee compensation surveys revealing that short-term cash incentives and bonus programs continue to dominate the incentive-pay landscape as a vast majority of organizations use, and rely on, incentive-based pay practices to...

Private companies are increasingly adopting public company governance practices such as using formal Compensation Committees consisting of internal or external Board members.  Unlike publicly traded companies where a Compensation Committee is a requirement, private companies establish formal Compensation Committees for reasons such as the desire...

By Bertha Masuda Deciding on individual bonus awards is an important exercise to ensure pay for performance.  However, many companies struggle with how to use discretion in finalizing bonus awards.  In a recent Vivient survey of private companies, almost 60% of companies rated the level of...

By Bonnie Schindler Vivient Consulting analyzed the CEO pay for publicly traded Southern California middle-market companies ranging from $50 million to $1 billion in revenue.  Based on the review of 2014 proxy data, median total direct compensation (salary plus annual incentive plus long-term incentives) is approximately...

By Bertha Masuda and Susan Schroeder One of the most important compensation-related activities a company will undertake is creating effective communication plans that explain incentive pay structures. Especially important is helping executives – those most vital to the ongoing success of the company – understand their...