Job levels at Sourcegraph

Job levels explained

Job levels and compensation bands are the building blocks of a strong compensation strategy. Together, they help ensure pay equity, improve recruiting and retention efforts, and help us build a more transparent company culture.

Job levels, also known as job grades and classifications, help us define the responsibility level and expectations of each role. Each level is defined by impact, seniority, knowledge, skills, and job title, and are associated with a specific pay band. Job levels ultimately help us make more strategic and consistent decisions around how we hire, engage, promote, and retain Teammates.

How do we use levels?

Levels are used to define career progression for individuals within a role, and are also a tool we use when benchmarking roles against salary survey data. This is how we price jobs and ensure market competitive compensation. We also use levels to discuss career progression and development. For example, we generally expect that an IC4 in one department has about the same level of responsibility and scope as an IC4 in another, in a general sense.

What levels do we use?

We divide all job families into two tracks:

IC & Manager tracks do not directly map to each other (in other words, an IC6 is not equivalent to a M6). - Level Tracks.png

Individual contributor leveling

There are 6-levels in the IC career path - IC1 to IC6: _ IC level descriptions.png

Manager leveling

At Sourcegraph, we use levels M3 to M6: - Manager level descriptions.png

Titles at Sourcegraph

Sourcegraph’s title structure guidance aims to provide greater clarity and consistency in roles and responsibilities. The goal is to ensure that both managers and ICs have titles that accurately reflect their scope and level.