Tag: Hiring and Promotion

Why High-Class People Get Away With Incompetence

In season four of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Paul Rudd plays a wealthy businessman named Bobby Newport who runs for city council because he’s looking for something “easy” to do. He is asked during a debate how he’d fix the town. His answer: “I have no idea.” Still, the audience goes wild, much to the […]

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Cannes Says It’s Making Strides for Equality. Some Women See Backward Steps.

CANNES, France — Fighting back tears before an ecstatic audience, the 83-year-old French actor Alain Delon stepped onstage at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday to collect a lifetime achievement award, the honorary Palme d’Or. “There is one thing in the world that I’m truly proud of, the only thing: It’s my career, and this […]

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Tech Jobs Lead to the Middle Class. Just Not for the Masses.

Brittney Ball was living in a homeless shelter with her baby when she learned of a one-year program offering technical training, professional skills and an internship. She took the plunge. Five years later, Ms. Ball is a software engineer in Charlotte, N.C., earning more than $50,000 a year. A 30-year-old single mother, she has health […]

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Shake-Up Looms at CBS News, as a Celebrated New Boss Makes Her Mark

When Susan Zirinsky was named the new president of CBS’s troubled news division in January, she said she wanted to unite her team “both functionally and spiritually.” She is about to put that mission to the test. CBS News, whose Cronkite-and-Murrow tradition was shaken last year by a series of sex scandals, is set to […]

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April Jobs Report: Here’s What to Watch For

The Labor Department will release its estimate of hiring and unemployment for April at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. The monthly report provides one of the better snapshots of the state of the American economy. Analysts on Wall Street are looking for a gain of 190,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg, nearly identical to the 196,000 gain […]

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Inside the Tensions at Carlos Ghosn’s Nissan

TOKYO — It was 2011, and Carlos Ghosn was preparing his automotive empire for its most ambitious phase yet. Under his plan, within five years, one of every 12 cars sold around the world would be made by Nissan of Japan. To achieve that goal and cut costs relentlessly, he said, Nissan would have to […]

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In Most Diverse House, Aides of Color Join the Ranks of ‘Firsts’

WASHINGTON — A day after House Democrats retook the majority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a message to her colleagues that would soon be adopted as a creed. “We know that the diversity in our ranks is a strength,” Ms. Pelosi wrote, “and a reflection of the American people that it is our great honor to […]

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Overlooked No More: Isabella Goodwin, New York City’s First Female Police Detective

Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With Overlooked, we’re adding the stories of remarkable people whose deaths went unreported in The Times. By Corey Kilgannon Isabella Goodwin’s big break came in 1912 when she took a job as a boardinghouse scrubwoman for $6 a week. She had […]

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How Amy Klobuchar Treats Her Staff

Senator Amy Klobuchar was hungry, forkless and losing patience. An aide, joining her on a trip to South Carolina in 2008, had procured a salad for his boss while hauling their bags through an airport terminal. But once onboard, he delivered the grim news: He had fumbled the plastic eating utensils before reaching the gate, […]

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Europe’s Middle Class Is Shrinking. Spain Bears Much of the Pain.

MADRID — Raquel Navarro downed an early-morning coffee, kissed her husband goodbye and hurried from her family’s spacious brick home in a suburb north of the Spanish capital. The successful events business she had owned for a decade slowly crumbled when Europe’s financial crisis hit. Now, after dropping her two young children at school, she […]

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Tech Is Splitting the U.S. Work Force in Two

PHOENIX — It’s hard to miss the dogged technological ambition pervading this sprawling desert metropolis. There’s Intel’s $7 billion, seven-nanometer chip plant going up in Chandler. In Scottsdale, Axon, the maker of the Taser, is hungrily snatching talent from Silicon Valley as it embraces automation to keep up with growing demand. Start-ups in fields as […]

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Elite Law Firm’s All-White Partner Class Stirs Debate on Diversity

The post appeared on LinkedIn in early December: Paul, Weiss, one of the country’s most prominent and profitable law firms, said it was “pleased to announce” its new partner class. In the image, 12 lawyers looked out at the world, grinning. What followed, however, was nothing to smile about. In short order, people across the […]

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Corner Office: Julie Sweet of Accenture Could See Her Future. So She Quit Her Job.

Julie Sweet is one of the most powerful women in corporate America, yet few people outside the business community know her name. As the chief executive for North America at Accenture, a consulting firm with 469,000 employees, Ms. Sweet runs a business with annual revenue of $17.8 billion. Her clients include Marriott, Halliburton and the […]

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Disability: Hiring People With Disabilities Is Good Business

For years, companies have maintained low expectations about hiring people with disabilities. Most of these companies believed that employees with disabilities could not perform well in the workplace and that actively hiring them would drag company performance and profits down. Thankfully, over time, many employers have come to understand that these perceptions are untrue. And […]

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As Hiring Slows, Employers Say It’s Getting Harder to Find Workers

MILWAUKEE — At Western Building Products’ banana-shaped factory on the lip of the Menomonee River outside Milwaukee, the company’s president, Mark Willey, is wrangling with a stubborn problem: not enough workers. “If someone is here a year, they never leave,” Mr. Willey said. “Our problem today is just finding people who want to work.” It […]

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A.I. as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay

One day this fall, Ashutosh Garg, the chief executive of a recruiting service called Eightfold.ai, turned up a résumé that piqued his interest. It belonged to a prospective data scientist, someone who unearths patterns in data to help businesses make decisions, like how to target ads. But curiously, the résumé featured the term “data science” […]

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Late to Launch: The Post-Collegiate Struggle

When Hayley Hanway graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013, she expected to quickly land a job in her desired field of ecosystem management. She had a respectable grade point average as an environmental science major from one of the nation’s top-rated public schools. She had participated in a climate science program at Oxford […]

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