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Dan - Having spent the bulk of my career building HR organizations in high tech companies, I'm well familiar with this species of employee. While the technical aspects of evaluating these birds present unique challenges, in many cases it's the political issues surrounding the individual that can be most daunting for the comp professional trying to figure it all out.

The DP is almost always a hybrid animal, who may or may not possess the typical benchmark attributes; degree, specific experience, defined technical skill set, etc. However, in the eyes of management this bird walks on water and 'must' be slotted into a certain level in order to ensure proper pay and status.

This is where comp pros have to be real careful and avoid taking on an adversarial role. Creativity and collaboration are required to successfully negotiate the treacherous waters where the Duckbill Platypus swims.

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