Understanding Corporate Structure
Andrea: This organizational chart is really confusing.
Raffael: Why are you looking at that?
Andrea: I have an interview next week and I’m trying to bone up on the company I’ll be interviewing with. I want to impress them, but this chart is really confusing.
Raffael: Let me see. It’s a simple flow chart. You have your board of directors at the top, with the managing director reporting to them, and then the executive officers overseeing major departments.
Andrea: But I thought managers work below the executive officers.
Raffael: You’re confusing managers with managing directors. The managing director oversees the entire company and managers oversee daily operations.
Andrea: Oh, I see. So these here are the departments: accounting, marketing, purchasing, personnel, R & D, sales, and production.
Raffael: That’s right. Which department are you interviewing for?
Andrea: I think the job is in purchasing.
Raffael: You think? Don’t you think that’s something you should get straight before you do anything else?
Andrea: You might have a point there.