Virginia State University: Campus Climate Survey and Salary Analysis

Evergreen Solutions was retained by Virginia State University to conduct a Campus Climate Survey, Salary Analysis and provide an Administration Plan. The University’s Campus Climate Survey provided stakeholders’ opinions on a variety of issues including, but not limited to, campus environment, institutional policies and practices, shared governance, job satisfaction, customer service, change management, inclusion, staff development, talent acquisition and management, interpersonal relations and teamwork, leadership, and communications. The Faculty and Staff Compensation Study and Salary Administration Plan provided information regarding internal equity and an action plan for the University to be more competitive in the marketplace in attracting and retaining qualified employees.

City of Marietta/Board of Lights and Water, GA: Compensation Review and Update of a Pay and Classification System

Evergreen Solutions was engaged with the City of Marietta/Board of Lights and Water to conduct a Review and Update of a Pay and Classification System.  Evergreen performed the following tasks: evaluated job descriptions for all full-time and part-time single incumbent positions and recommended appropriate job classification, FLSA classification, and salary range; updated and/or created full-time and part-time classification specifications as needed to uniformly reflect distinguishing characteristics, FLSA status, essential functions, minimum qualifications, working conditions, license requirements, regulatory requirements, certifications, and competencies required to do the job (knowledge, skills, and physical abilities); conducted a full market analysis of take-home pay with comparable labor market including both private, when applicable, and public sector (locally, regionally, and statewide) using an approved peer group with a focus on actual take-home pay; established a consistent and competitive market position that the City could strive to maintain that aligned with the City’s compensation philosophy; reviewed and provided an assessment on the competitiveness of the City’s entire benefits package (including annual/vacation leave, sick leave, holidays, health, dental, life, disability, retirement, tuition reimbursement, etc.); designed and recommended an implementation strategy (including cost) and a maintenance strategy, including policy revisions or additions for the updated compensation system with the lowest financial impact on the City and greatest gain to positions that fell outside of a designated range; included any best practice recommendations that would positively impact hiring or retention; and provided training to appropriate City staff on the utilization and maintenance of the system.

Seattle Public Schools, WA: Compensation Consulting Services

Evergreen Solutions was engaged with the Seattle Public Schools to provide Compensation Consulting Services.  Evergreen collected data from peers using a custom salary survey for a small subset of classifications (i.e., 25) for specialized school curriculum program managers. In addition, Evergreen gathered published public survey data regarding the 260 non-represented staff classifications and analyzed results.

City of Sandy Springs, GA: Classification and Compensation Study

Evergreen Solutions was retained by the City of Sandy Springs to conduct a Classification and Compensation Study. The study included all employees and classifications in the County.  As part of the study, Evergreen conducted focus groups and interviews with employees, and employees completed a Job Assessment Tool (JAT) to determine where they fell in the hierarchy of jobs with the City. Evergreen further conducted a comprehensive salary survey of local and regional employers to assess the market competitiveness of the City.  A detailed plan was developed to provide the City with specific steps to implement an equitable and competitive compensation and classification plan.

City of Texas City: Compensation and Classification Study

Evergreen Solutions was engaged with the City of Texas City to conduct a Compensation and Classification Study.  The purpose of the comprehensive study was to develop a clear, equitable, consistent and competitive classification and compensation structure that fostered retention of qualified individuals while providing opportunities for growth and development within and provided the Human Resources Department a framework to operate within to maintain the system.  Evergreen worked with the City to develop a compensation program that was fair, equitable, and competitive with other municipalities in the surrounding geographic market area from which the City of Texas City recruited.  Evergreen further worked with the City to develop a classification system that facilitated ongoing compensation analysis and reporting based on similarly-situated employees, similar skills, qualifications, responsibilities, and pay, using job family grouping and EEO job categories that comported with EEOC guidelines for government employees and provided the City with a tool that the HR department could use to continue that evaluation/analysis process.

Cumberland County, PA: Comprehensive Total Compensation Study

Evergreen Solutions was engaged with Cumberland County to conduct a Comprehensive Total Compensation Study.  The primary focus for this study was to review internal equity and correct salary compression where it existed and to conduct an external market analysis. 

Bedford County, VA: Compensation and Classification Study

Evergreen Solutions was engaged with Bedford County to conduct a Compensation and Classification Study.  Evergreen’s consultants designed, conducted, and assisted in the implementation of a comprehensive compensation/classification study for the County, and formulated a new compensation/classification plan for all County employees. The purpose of this study was to ensure the County is externally competitive, internally equitable, and fiscally sound. Evergreen recommended a compensation and classification plan that could be easily maintained and updated.

Raytown C-2 School District, MO: Compensation and Pay Classification Plan Study

Evergreen Solutions was engaged with the Raytown C-2 School District to conduct a Compensation and Pay Classification Plan Study.  The objectives of the study were to conduct and implement a total compensation plan structure for the District’s workforce which would provide both internal and external equity; length of work calendar; establish a classification system that would accurately describe the duties, knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications required for each job classification; determine and implement a program of accurate job descriptions based on job analysis; and develop a maintenance program for job descriptions and classification recommendations.  Evergreen’s consultants performed a comprehensive, valid and reliable job analysis/evaluation of each job class within the District for the purpose of determining whether the District’s current pay grade levels for all of the District’s positions were still valid. In addition, Evergreen then conducted a comprehensive wage and salary market survey for the purpose of ensuring that the District’s pay plan and pay structure possessed external equity and labor market competitiveness.

School District of Beloit, WI: Classification, Compensation, and Total Staff Rewards Study

Evergreen Solutions was engaged with the School District of Beloit to provide Compensation and Total Staff Rewards Consulting.  Evergreen’s consultants provided the following: consultation and expertise in the implementation and design of a sustainable compensation plan(s) allowing the School District of Beloit to remain market competitive in salary structures and total rewards packages; objective and unbiased solutions for District challenges around compensation; consultation on “right sizing” spans of control with leadership positions; consultation on creating a process for equity pay reviews; consultation on policy development to guide the HR Department to effectively administer compensation plan(s); and training and coaching around compensation plan(s). Evergreen also performed a job analysis and updated job descriptions as needed.

Dinwiddie County Public Schools, VA: Comprehensive Compensation and Classification Plan

Evergreen Solutions was engaged with the Dinwiddie County Public Schools to develop a Comprehensive Classification and Compensation Plan that allowed the Division to: attract and retain qualified employees; ensure positions performing similar work with essentially the same level of complexity, responsibility, and knowledge, skills, and abilities are classified together; provide salaries commensurate with assigned duties; provide recognizable compensation growth; and maintain a competitive position with other comparable school divisions, entities and private employers within the same geographic areas.  Evergreen conducted interviews and/or job audits as appropriate in order to update job descriptions to uniformly reflect the distinguishing characteristics, essential job functions, minimum qualifications (education/experience and knowledge/skills/abilities), working conditions (physical demands, work environment, and travel requirements), and certification/licenses/registrations requirements for classification and identified Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) status (exempt/non-exempt) of each position.  In addition, Evergreen reviewed the current compensation plan (salary grade levels and steps) to understand current challenges; worked with the Division’s Senior Leadership team to identify comparable labor markets including private and public sector employers; developed and conducted a comprehensive compensation survey to include stipends (Instructional and coaching) and degree supplements; and made recommendations for updating the Division’s Compensation and Classification Plans.