Just because he is a VP does not mean he gives good advice. Just because she is a VP does not mean she is a role model. The directors are not supposed to be your idol on what you should do for yourself and your own growth. It is lame how a century egg's thoughts and comprehension on tech and pulse knowledges matters more than your own expertise. You don't have to work till you bleed to keep an incompetent leader around.
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Blah Blah Blah. Go work for HP, Cisco, NetApp, Apple, Microsoft, Boeing, etc. And tell me how wonderful and amazing it is. Dell is a corporate company that does innovate. That is why it leads in many areas for Data Center and PC sales. What you are describing is corporate culture. It is the same everywhere. If you had moved around in those 17 years a little more you wouldn't have a miopic view. If you want the everyone has ideas and shares and it is awesome all the time, go work for some start ups. Just don't complain if your startup isn't the one that busts through and your benefits s---.
There has never been anything inspiring about the leadership at Dell. I spent 17 years at Dell in various engineering/management positions, and saw nothing to inspire me. New ideas were not taken seriously, there was this constant push to meet patent application numbers but once submitted were rat holed with little review, and the only thing senior management cared about was the vaunted, and long since dead, supply chain. They are nothing more than a mediocre PC distributor that hasn't helped pushed through an original idea in many years.
So many philosophers on this page. Geez guys, if you don't like your situation then use your "superior" intelligence that you boast about to figure out how to move on to something else.
Great thoughts. But why waste your time telling good things to deaf and dumb? Let them face their fate and destiny. There is a price for every action management takes in the life of an organization. However, at Dell top management - Like CEO, Head HR, SVPs are less bothered how the junior management is doing. It is just passing the buck to rank below and it repeats throughout the chain to the first line manager.