University of California, Irvine Uses Syndio to Embed Pay Equity, Increase Transparency, and Build Trust

University of California, Irvine Uses Syndio to Embed Pay Equity
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An institution defined by innovation and fairness

Our CHRO realized that pay equity might be the missing piece of Total Rewards and wanted to establish a more holistic pay equity function."

Summer Houssainy
Fair Pay Specialist

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Higher Ed

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Approximately 5,000 non-unionized staff members

Use Case

Inequity prevention


Establishing a consistent, data-backed approach to pay equity across the organization


  • Syndio's Pay Equity Platform, PayEQ®
  • Syndio's Expert Consulting
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  • Boosts employer brand as a certified "Fair Pay Workplace"
  • Fosters open communication and trust
  • Decreases pay disparities and lowers annual remediation
Extend pay equity analysis beyond department silos
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Extend pay equity analysis beyond departmental silos

UCI has long been committed to equal pay for equal work, but their efforts were siloed; each department had a different approach. The consultant was able to help the university review fair pay and provide recommendations for one division, but that, too, had limitations.

"By nature, a consultant is with an organization for a relatively short period of time, which makes it difficult for them to work with business partners across HR on a regular basis throughout the year to understand how pay decisions are made and investigate the root cause of inequities," says Houssainy. "Having those conversations and socializing the program is crucial to the success."

Houssainy initially tried to perform pay equity analyses using R - a programming language for statistical computing - but it was time consuming, cumbersome to make changes, and difficult for other leaders to interpret and understand. UCI sought a partner that would deliver both the pay equity technology and expertise required to build a consistent, scalable, and sustainable program.

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Tech platform powers consistent process

Syndio is efficient, reliable, and trusted."

Summer Houssainy
Fair Pay Specialist

UCI has a reputation for being a thought leader and innovator in higher education human resources. Being one of the first top 10 public universities to implement third-party verified fair pay practices is another example of how we strive to provide fair and equitable treatment to all our co-workers."

Ramona Agrela
Vice Chancellor and Chief
Human Resources Officer, UCI

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Looking Ahead
More analyses, more opportunity

UCI excels when it comes to innovation and being proactive. We're always looking forward, trying to stay current on best practices, and anticipating changes like the new pay equity legislation. Being proactive allows us to manage change responsibly while reaching our goal of being an employer of choice."

Summer Houssainy
Fair Pay Specialist

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