Managing Total Compensation Case Study: So You Want To Lead An Orchestra

Introduction This is the first Managing Total Compensation case study. The title of this case study is So You Want to Lead an Orchestra! This case study will seek to provide thorough answers to the following four questions: Describe the orchestra’s pay structure in terms of levels, differentials, and job- or person-based approach. Discuss what factors may explain the structure. Why does violinist I receive more than the oboist and trombonist? Why does the principal trumpet player earn more than the principal cellist and principal clarinetist but less than the principal viola and principal flute players? What explains these differences? Does the relative supply versus the demand for violinists compare to the supply versus the demand …show more content…
Describe the orchestra’s pay structure in terms of levels, differentials, and job- or person-based approach. I describe the orchestra's pay structure as compressed. Among the various positions the position with the most levels is Violin consisting of eight levels. However, most of the positions consist of far fewer levels trending towards the position with the least amount of levels consists of only two levels. The position with the most levels also has the largest differential rewarding employees with the highest skill level. This differential would tend to incentivize orchestra members to refine their skills and indicating a person based pay structure. Page Break Question 2 Discuss what factors may explain the structure. Why does violinist I receive more than the oboist and trombonist? Why does the principal trumpet player earn more than the principal cellist and principal clarinetist but less than the principal viola and principal flute players? What explains these differences? Does the relative supply versus the demand for violinists compare to the supply versus the demand for trombonists? Is it that violins play more …show more content…
What about between the principal trumpet and the next highest paid trumpet? Why these differentials between the principal and other? Why aren’t they larger? Smaller? Why is the differential between trumpet players different than between the viola players? The pay differential between the principal viola and the next highest paid viola is 103%. The pay differential between the principal trumpet and the next highest trumpet is only sixteen percent. I believe the difference in pay differential is attributable to the number of orchestra members playing under the given principal orchestra member. The different pay levels are based on the going rate of pay for other orchestra members playing various instruments in competing orchestra

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