Welcome to the corporate world honey

The problems began soon after she was appointed Europe regional editor, after eight years of outstanding performance and appraisals, court documents allege. The suit alleges that Time’s foreign editor appointed Matt McAllester, a younger male colleague, as her deputy, without an open selection process and in violation of promises that she could choose her team. Mayer says McAllester began a campaign to undermine and supplant her, even though she repeatedly raised complaints.

Ultimately, Mayer claims, the company took away her responsibilities as Europe editor the year after she took on the position, then forced her to relinquish the title, which the company gave to McAllester. In April 2015 she was fired.

The suit, filed on 24 July, said: “Time has violated [anti-discrimination and civil rights] laws by operating a system of male cronyism, by which men, especially former war correspondents, were favoured over women in recruitment, dismissal and promotion decisions.”

That’s rather how the upper echelons in any large company work. It’s not particularly male either.

15 thoughts on “Welcome to the corporate world honey”

  1. And one of the levers the game is played is crying discrimination. I suppose we’ll find out, if they don’t settle first.

  2. “The problems began soon after she was appointed Europe regional editor, after eight years of outstanding performance and appraisals, court documents allege.”

    Someone isn’t familiar with the Peter principle…

    “The suit alleges that Time’s foreign editor appointed Matt McAllester, a younger male colleague, as her deputy, without an open selection process and in violation of promises that she could choose her team.”
    …But someone’s boss is.

    “Mayer says McAllester began a campaign to undermine and supplant her, even though she repeatedly raised complaints.”
    So, she cannot manage her team and moans to her boss about that fact?

    “Ultimately, Mayer claims, the company took away her responsibilities as Europe editor the year after she took on the position, then forced her to relinquish the title”
    News just in- Specific job not a human right! Need to display performance in order to stay in post!

  3. Never take a management job where you aren’t deciding who your people are. If people expect you to be delivering something and supposedly are putting you in a position of responsibility for delivery, they have to trust your judgement.

    I’ve done the job where I couldn’t do that, and had a totally shit worker given to me. Just impossible to manage.

    Here’s my suspicion about this situation: she isn’t very good at her job and they dropped McAllester in as the man to take over.

  4. Maybe her boss didn’t get to pick her and was worried she was being placed to replace him/her so decided to do to her what they thought she might do, corporates can be very political at that level.
    Complaining that news organisations favour war correspondents (not exactly news that) is only discrimination if there aren’t any female war correspondents, so can’t see her getting too far with that one.

  5. BiSw

    “Here’s my suspicion about this situation: she isn’t very good at her job and they dropped McAllester in as the man to take over.”

    Doesn’t even have to be the case she was objectively poor at the job. They may have thought she was poor even if she wasn’t, or just been worried she might turn out to be poor hence an insurance policy was needed, or as BniC says, it could all have been a political play.

    Maybe I’m cynical but I only regard objective determination of management performance followed by non-political steps towards replacement as just one possibility out of many, and not necessarily a likely one.

  6. John Square in Hell

    Also- this is Sir Christopher Meyer’s missus.

    She’s never struck me as obviously incompetent, but i wonder why time decided to do this to her.

    Seems like there’s more than meets the eye, one way or another.

  7. She couldn’t manage her staff. And previous good reports about her in previous roles do not mean she can do this role.
    By the sound of it from what she’s saying it was justified.

  8. She’s never struck me as obviously incompetent…

    She worked for Time, didn’t she? It’s a 15 page a week rag that nobody cares about. Except to laugh at their annual “Person of the Year” pick, that is.

  9. What BiS says. If you can’t fire your underlings, you aren’t really their manager.

    There are very few jobs in large companies (large enough to have an HR dept) where you’re free to fire anyone you (dis)like. It’s usually a 12-month process of ‘final written warnings’ and performance appraisals. But with a bit of luck and skill, you can persuade them that their career prospects will be better elsewhere.

  10. What BiS says. If you can’t fire your underlings, you aren’t really their manager.

    From what I’ve seen there are very few managers in a company, meaning people who actually manage. Most simply report stuff to their boss and handle very basic administration, e.g. weekly meetings. When it comes to decisions with real money or impact, it’s the CEO, country manager, or someone close to him.

  11. Bloke in North Dorset

    I wish I had £1 for every person who was good at the job they trained for but turned out to be crap managers.

  12. Bloke in North Dorset

    I know one ex Group Captain who did very well as a manager at a very large health clinic, made the partners a shit load of money. Probably the exception rather than the rule.

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