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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (james)
Subject: Re: Cutting corners?
Date: 24 Dec 2002 00:40:56 -0800
NNTP-Posting-Date: 24 Dec 2002 08:40:57 GMT
"John Jardine" wrote in message news:
> My own experience has been within that of UK companies and there may be
> significant cultural differences between the US and UK but I've noticed the
> higher that one rises within a UK company then the more likely that the
> controllers are all of a similar class and background. The highest levels
> are usually reserved for those having a upper-middle class protestant
> background, expensive public school education, classics graduates, white and
> male. Engineers/skilled people, don't even scan on their radar or are
> regarded as people to be kept in a back room or simply nerds.
> The general view from the top of the tree is that they alone are natural
> born leaders and all the plebs must naturally follow. This view permeates
> down through numerous layers of sub-servient management lackeys only
> dissapating towards the engineering levels. The a**e-licking that goes on a
> UK board meeting in session is *not* a pretty sight.
> I therefore feel the majority of so called management quite rightly deserves
> a good bashing.
Is this your experience working for large established companies or
smaller ones? The company I work for is fairly small (120 or so) and
was started 10 years ago by 11 people, all engineers.
All of the directors are approachable, freindly and for the most part,
understanding. To my knowledge, none are public school educated, with
a classics (or other useless degree) - in fact they are all engineers,
with electronics degrees from local universities.
Also the management structure is quite flat - on the org tree I (lowly
engineer) am only 3 levels down from the MD. No middle management
Im sure in large companies, there is this attitude but if it gets you
down, work for a small company. Pay may not be as good for a corp. but
I get up everyday and look forward to going to work.
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