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It is usually against the company's policy, and sometimes you have to sign some kind of NDA about it. But it's also providing a kind of "comfort zone" to the employees - if you don't speak about it you assume everybody makes almost the same as you so you don't worry about it. Most people don't like changes, and finding that you are underpaid makes you worry about searching another job (where you could be underpaid again, as it's even harder to find the payscale from the outside).

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