Making The Most Of Your Stock Options

You've got more clout than you think in negotiating a package

Are stock options the currency of choice when it comes to your compensation? They are for William Kurtz, 42, chief financial officer at Scient Corp. in San Francisco. This year, Kurtz will make $209,135 in salary and bonus. But that's nothing compared to the $18.8 million his stock options were worth after the Internet consulting firm did an initial public offering on May 14.

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