Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Titles

Who has a title at work?

What does it really mean?

I was at a girl's night last week and a lady was asking me what I did etc etc and as I told her, she asked me my title.  

My response, "we don't have titles."  Because we don't.

And I like that we don't.  Does it really define you?  Does it define your pay grade?  We kinda look at our group like we're one big family and we all work together to get deals done.  Why does it have to be a senior project manager, a vice president or an analyst?

Who cares!  Doesn't how well you do your job matter the most?    

Tell me about your company....how does this work?

10 comments:

Alayna said...

I had to take a test at work after about six years on the job. Only then did I get my "Formal title". I work for the gov - we really like titles LOL. I could care less, but it is tied to compensation.

Leslie said...

We have titles, but when I tell people what I do, I just describe it because the title doesn't really encompass the role!

Emily W said...

At my company you create your own title. Mine is "Synchronization Strategist." It's always fun to see what everyone else comes up with. But I work at a very creative, non-corporate consulting firm, so this very much goes along with the company culture.

Kelsey | Southern in Love said...

We have that same issue! And we are forever clueless as to what to put on each person's business cards. When someone asks me what I do it's hard to explain because it's a little bit of everything!

Sarah said...

I think it all depends on the industry you are in/type of work you do whether or not the title really means anything. My best friend worked in risk management for a national bank (SUPER corporate environment) where he received a Senior VP title. When he was looking to work somewhere else, he was able to make substantially more money and get more "perks" (car stipend, use of company planes, etc.) because he was a "Senior" VP. Totally ridiculous, the way some companies nit-pick.

FWIW, at my current job, I am the sole office person. I handle every single administrative task you can think of, so I'm certainly no receptionist, nor an executive assistant... So when I accepted my job, my boss and I talked it over. He gave me the title of "Director of Office Administration".. Which in theory is a joke, but if I ever leave this company, it gives me a little more leverage over someone who was titled as an office manager, etc.

Dee Stephens said...

Oh, we have titles. SVP is a big one here.
It doesn't mean a whole lot to me. I have a higher title than Brad here and he makes more money!

Ally {Life as I know it} said...

I have a title because I'm in healthcare and everyone in the hospital setting does. So to me this is all I know but I can see in your line of work there isn't a need for one.

Life as I know it

MCW said...

I have a title, but it means nothing to me! Other people in the office seriously care and get all upset if someone else's title seems higher...I could care less! Maybe because I started as a teacher and there were none? It seems so weird to me!

Tess said...

Interesting topic...I have a title too, but it doesn't matter much. At my husbands company, and especially for the salesman, VP, RVP, SVP...those mean a lot...

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Oh my LORD titles kinda drive me nuts. I can learn SOOOO much more about a job by what they actually do than by their title. I do have a title - but when you list it out, I have a lot more responsibility than my title implies. OR... other people with my title don't have the responsibilities I do.