By Sandra Czech
SLAC’s Human Resources department is comprised of five sub-groups, each
with their own specialty. One of these is Compensation Services. The world
of compensation can be mind boggling—what is the process, where do you
begin and who do you talk to?
Karen Lawrence and Carol Bechtel.
(Photo by Diana Rogers)
Compensation Services consists of two experts, Karen Lawrence (head)
and Carol Bechtel, who have been working in the compensation field for
over 15 years each. One of their many functions is to "establish and
maintain appropriate salaries for staff at SLAC—a moving target," states
Lawrence. The compensation department works closely with departments,
supervisors and employees on job descriptions, reclassifications and
Due to the fact that job content, performance and market variable wages
keep changing, Compensation Services reevaluates and analyzes jobs
regularly. They also support managers to attract, retain and reward
employees. In addition to their regular work, they work on large projects
such as salary setting, surveys, and special studies, with both Stanford
University and DOE as well as with other labs.
To find out more about Compensation Services, see: