I spent more than 25 years with a major financial company, and hated just about every damned minute of it! Except for a few sneaky back-stabbers, I didn’t have problems with fellow employees. My everlasting anger is with phony, too often stupid, useless executives.
Among daily duties, I wrote speeches, created advertising, produced business conferences and managed community relations. After 10 years, I thought I was on my way to higher corporate rank. However, my bad luck was to be working in the man-guilt 1970s-80s. That was the era of my company’s headlong rush to promote women to management and executive jobs.
Of course, it was a great and well-deserved break for many of the women. Realistically, the higher you go in that company and elsewhere, the less actual daily work you’re required to do. As with politicians, admirals and generals, you just strut around and look important.
My original male director read the newspaper for three hours every morning. His female replacement was the same, and also looked very executive while sitting in the same office chair, sometimes with feet on the desk, doing nothing productive.
There’s often another factor in women suddenly getting top corporate posts. Some of the professionally-qualified well deserve it, while others earn it by practicing the oldest profession. I recall a business session presided over by the newly-promoted corporate advertising VP, who looked and primped like a glamorous movie star.
During the meeting I criticized an incredibly inappropriate advertisement she had created, one that actually portrayed older women as mentally confused. It cost me whatever dimming chances I had to move up the ladder. I found out too late that the glamorous ad VP was a very, very personal pal of the company’s very, very married president.
She was just one example of how some ambitious young women suddenly move up in company ranks. It’s nothing new, and certainly continues today. As all the latest headlines tell us, the Hollywood casting couch is still a continuing stepping stone to fame and fortune. And not only in show business, but also in politics, military, corporations and other vocations.