Rick Chen

Breaking News and Features Reporter for Write for California • Sports Journalist and Personal Finance Writer
Additional Bylines in AR Insider, Blind, California Golden Blogs, Gusto, Hacker Noon, Metromile and SB Nation

I have also been featured as a spokesperson and as a personal finance and industry expert in local business journals and media, including KEX-AM 1190 in Portland, Ore., and KRON-TV 4 in San Francisco; accounting, HR and insurance trade publications; and national outlets like CNBC, Forbes, Lifehacker, Reuters, Rolling Stone and more.

Omicron Variant is Drastically Slowing Down Return-to-Office Plans in US Tech Companies | HackerNoon

A large majority of U.S. employers have asked their workforces to come back home for another month or longer, according to a new survey from professional social network Blind. The omicron variant of COVID-19 has forced many companies to rethink and push back their return-to-office plans. Few companies have yet to require a "booster" shot for employees who work in the office to get tested for the coronavirus.

How Much Stock do Robinhood Employees Receive? | HackerNoon

Robinhood’s “one-time” adjustment grants new hires additional stock over the next 24 months to help employees “break even” The stock-trading app has struggled since its initial public offering. Robinhood shares traded 8% lower at the end of its first day of trading, and the share price is down 84% from its all-time high of $85 as of Jan. 19, 2022. If offered, stock-based compensation, such as stock options or restricted stock units, can be attractive benefit and lead to potentially life-changing

FAANG Engineers Report Median Base Salary of $150k to $200k | HackerNoon

The median base salary of a user on Blind is between $150,000 to $200,000, according to a user-created poll. One in 14 verified professionals on the social network reported earning a salary of $250,000 or more. Salary ranges are based on a professional’s responsibility or job function, level or scope, factors to account for a professional's education, relevant years of experience or specialized skills or credentials. The salary range sets a floor or minimum rate, a cap or maximum rate, and some

Robinhood Grants Employees More Stock As Share Price Falls | Blind

There is a new hot employee benefit in town. Some public companies which offer stock-based compensation have recently made “one-time” adjustment grants to employees as share prices fall. The phenomenon has been pronounced among technology companies, where many workers count restricted stock units as a crucial part of their total compensation package. Technology stocks have been affected by increasing concerns about inflation, and the Nasdaq Composite, the tech-favorite stock market index, has

9 Top Career Tips from a Google Director of Engineering Making $1.5 Million | HackerNoon

A director of engineering at Google explains that demonstrating impact and soft skills, such as managing up and strategic thinking, matter most in advancing your career. Rick Chen is the director, head of public relations at Blind. He writes about tech culture and the workplace. Google often ranks high as a top employer in annual company rankings and surveys, and a big part of it is because of the high salaries and company culture. A verified director of engineering at Google recently hosted
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