It is no secret that Lebanese salaries are embarrangs low, and I have yet to understand 1. how companies who are visibly making money get away with paying their employees so little and 2. why people put up with it – but then I remember that I am one of the only people I know who doesn’t live with their families and has fixed monthly expenses to pay.
Anyhow I’m writing today because I have noticed an alarming trend ever since moving to Lebanon..and that is, the use of hyper inflated, grandiose job titles to compensate for low pay. One would assume that with a title like Senior Consultant, Senior Manager, Assistant Director, Associate Director, comes an equally as impressive salary, but as I’m quickly learning, in Lebanon, that isn’t necessarily the case. And, I’m sorry, but how can you be a Senior or a Director of Anything while still in your mid to lower twenties?
It’s ridiculous is what it is, and people shouldn’t settle for it. But then I remember, I am living in Lebanon.. a country defined by “appearances” and it shouldn’t shock me that people would settle for a low paying job as long as their business card or email signature presents them in the best light. Who cares if your title is Senior Assistant Director Extraordinaire if you make $1000 a month? It’s just embarrassing is what it is, and a bad precedent to set. What do you think?