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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

6 promotions from Bill Gates's job

The great thing about the hierarchy in a company is that it gives you an instant view of your position in the company and your power. It also serves as a great measure of your worth and importance compared to your fellow employees.

For example, I am just a measely intern, but one at Microsoft Research, not just a product group, and I am 6 levels down from Bill Gates (who remains the symbolic leader here, as even Steve Ballmer is below Bill).


This may seem quite far down, but I've seen product groups go down to more than 10 levels, as they're strangled in significantly more hierarchy and faced with more scrutiny from the (many) higher levels.

6 Comments:

Anonymous said...

i guess the question isn't how many people are above you, but rather how many are below you

Princess Sarah said...

efff..that last comment was me.

Vince said...

haha, well, in that case, one.... you ;)

Rob said...

wait a sec... does that mean what i think it means?? vince! it's not like you to make such dirty comments....

Princess Sarah said...

that definitely does not mean that!

vince had this dream of my being his protege - but I said no deal.

Vince said...

wait a sec... does that mean what i think it means?? rob! it's not like you to have such dirty thoughts...

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