Employee compensation and rewards play a critical role in the ability for large and complex global organizations to attract, motivate and retain the talent they need to be successful. When planned strategically and done well, rewards can be used to differentiate a company from its competitors, drive cultural and operational consistency or emphasize key cultural and operational differences within a company and/or from country-to-country. WorldatWork first surveyed its members in 2004 on these issues, in partnership with a consulting firm. The 2004 survey established a benchmark for U.S. multinationals in three key areas: global compensation structure and strategy, global tools and systems, and global compensation targets and vehicles. The 2008 update of that survey provides the beginning of a trend line for these data.