Big companies hire ‘professional managers. The problem is they knew how to manage… but too often don’t know how to do anything without weeks of meetings and PowerPoints. Steve Jobs said, “you know who the best managers are? They’re the great individual contributors who never want to be a manager… but decide they want to be a manager because no one else will be able to do as good a job as them.

By portraying itself as a company with a heart, not just a lust for profits, McKinsey appeals to younger, idealistic students concerned about global warming, inequality, and racial justice. McKinsey has consulted for at least nineteen pharmaceutical clients — all subject to FDA regulation, but those companies may have paid a HUGE price.

I’m sorry I’ve become too used to working in the pharma industry, where calendars fill up with unnecessary meetings when an email would do fine. As a consultant, I’m used to having a LOT of meetings to review research findings and actionable insights, but the industry’s culture is one of its most significant weaknesses. This is an edited email I received from someone I met in Cambridge. Amy has an MBA from MIT with a minor in pre-med. It shows an industry in deep trouble.

The great resignation has not affected pharma because the jobs within the industry pay very well and most positions and employees like the benefit of having a steady job with good money. However, some pharma companies are having problems filling open positions, and when they do, they often find it wasn’t a good fit. Here are some things to consider to ensure you’re hiring good people.