This excerpt taken from the EQR DEF 14A filed Apr 16, 2007.
Performance driven. The Company offers incentive compensation plans with opportunities for the highest performers to earn the highest rewards on a total compensation basis.
Fair and internally equitable. The Companys salary structure and incentive compensation plans are designed to compensate every employee fairly compared to other Company employees, both in the same job and in other jobs.
Consistent and flexible. The Companys compensation programs apply the same principles for all employees, taking into account employee and company performance levels, documented variations in local markets, and differences in job structures.
Easy to understand and administer. The Company sets salary ranges based on reliable, location-specific data, adjusting ranges periodically for changes in the marketplace. Managers are given the tools and information they need to make sound compensation decisions that are consistent with this philosophy. Managers are held accountable for good compensation decisions.
Openly communicated. The Company regularly and openly communicates with its employees to explain how positions are evaluated and how they compare to others in the industry and the Company. Managers are given the information and education they need to be experts on this philosophy, as well as our compensation program and structure. Managers are held accountable for communicating the compensation program, expectations and decisions to their employees.
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