December 22, 2020
Many public tech companies offer an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) as an employee benefit. ESPPs allow employees to purchase shares of company stock at a discount through payroll deductions. On the surface, the decision to participate in an ESPP is a no-brainer. After all, the discount is free money! Suppose you are juggling financial priorities or receiving other forms of equity compensation (like restricted stock units or stock options). In that case, the decision to participate in an ESPP is a bit more complicated. Before you enroll in your company’s plan, here are some things to consider.