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What does designation "Associate software developer Grade 10" means? A company mention it in his offer letter. Here two words are confusing first "associate" and second "GRADE 10".

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This would be a good question for The Workplace Currently in commitment phase at Area51. Please go and commit to supporting this community. I suspect this will be closed off topic here. –  Chad Mar 27 '12 at 13:22
@chad why is it off-topic? –  littleadv Mar 27 '12 at 17:45
@littleadv - Generally questions that are not specific to programming and are career related (as this one clearly is) get closed as off topic. –  Chad Mar 28 '12 at 12:50

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Probably an internal salary rank. If the terms and benefits are OK with you then its fine.

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Thanks all to reply. –  sandeep Mar 28 '12 at 3:57

Associate generally means entry level... That does not mean unskilled just that the position is the starting level. Most companies promote associates within their first 2 years. Generally to a software developer. Some companies I have seen have the following hierarchy:

  • Junior
  • Associate
  • Senior Associate
  • (unqualified)
  • Senior
  • Master

Most software titles just use associate, the unqualified name, and senior. This is just an informal list and there is nothing that forces conformance among companies.

The Grade is as others have posted probably the salary grade. It is possible that your company could have 2 or 3 grades of associate pay to allow minor bumps with out title change. The company probably has a set salary range for that grade that it uses when determining raises.

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Associate = A person who holds an academic degree conferred by a junior college. This is normally a title given to a employee who is still studying or just completed their degree.

Grade 10 the companys internal salary ranking

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But isnt it strange and a little unprofessional to put an internal pay ranking on an external resume? –  edthethird Mar 27 '12 at 5:17
@edthethird - It is an offer letter not an external resume. –  Chad Mar 27 '12 at 13:22
Associate is also sometimes synonymous with employee. Associate is supposed to sound nicer. –  Gilbert Le Blanc Mar 27 '12 at 15:23
You're confusing with the US "associate" degree. Associate mans "non-managing employee" in this context. –  littleadv Mar 27 '12 at 17:44

Most of the companies are now days following this trend

  1. level 4 - Associate / assistant Software Engineer (basically a trainee) duration to go to next tier (1 to 1.5Yrs)

  2. Software engineer - next to ASE (1.5 Yrs)

  3. level 3 - Senior Software Engineer (1.5 Yrs)

  4. level 2 -Team lead, Technical lead (2-3 Yrs)

  5. level 1 - Project Manager (3-5 Yrs)

  6. level 0 - Senior Proejct Manager , location manager, account manager, resource manager, delivery manager

After tier 0 you become a President, VP, Chief Operating Officer(COO), one aming the board of directors and move across organisations.

An ideal and wise thing is to be a software engineer for some 5 years and then start your own company. Be it IT / ITES / consultation / training academy any.

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