Patronage in software development
Ok, this will probably come across as a rant but there you are. At the moment the company I work in seems to be run like the Royal Navy of the 18th C (minus the flogging and the buggery, as far as I know :). Each time a new CEO appears it turns out that he (and it is always a he) happens to know some people from where he last worked that would be perfect for this or that job. We end up with a reshuffle at the VP and above level plus additional people is various "soft" positions such as consulting and sales. Us on the lower deck have taken to just laughing at this and refering to the new intake as Friend of X. So we've had FOB (for Bob) and various others. Some of these people are right for the job (I mean, they can't be totally useless :) but how would you cope with an environment where the chance of internal promotion seems to be based on whether you knew the CEO in a previous life :) It also appears that once to get "in" with one of these CEOs you're set for life, you just follow them from job to job.
Hohmygosh... You got Bob? We had Bob. We got rid of Bob, and FOB Tim, and FOB Peter, and Bob's whore Hillary too (WOB or HOB?).
I work on TV. So we get to watch TV. Right now, watching Cramer ranting on Dynegy's payoff of $30m to its outgoing CEO. 30 million for resigning. Pretty sweet.
In my experience, this is typical of most companies, software or not. There's an invisible ceiling at about the VP level. If you're below it, you'll stay below it. If you're above it, you'll just get another VP/President/CEO job somewhere else.
Same thing happened to me - a new IT Director mysteriously "disappeared" the old IT Manager, in favour of hiring a load of her friends as consultants.
Well AC and others:
"There's an invisible ceiling at about the VP level. If you're below it, you'll stay below it. If you're above it, you'll just get another VP/President/CEO job somewhere else."
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