Originally Posted by Vengeance47
I love how people complain about CEO salaries but seem to have no idea of just how much work they actually
I think you're missing the point here. Most people don't have a problem with CEOs having a big salary. The majority of complaints come from the disproportionately more money than everyone else in the rest of the world. Only in the U.S. do people defend this under the blanket of "meritocracy." Anywhere else in the world, be it Russia or India or China, people will scrutinize you to no end for earning the types of salaries that are perfectly acceptable in the US. I agree as well, CEOs in America earn a ridiculous amount of money. Plenty of people work their asses off and build successful enterprises for far less, not to mention that they all seem just as happy(Not that happiness is relevant to this argument or anything.
As someone who grew up with a father that was frequently flying around Australia and the rest of the world and was rarely home because of his work; I can tell you right now that people in those types of positions work far harder than your standard employee (in the majority of cases).
I have very many close friends that earn a great deal of money and have ridiculous schedules. Many of my currently employed friends work as accountants in various small or big businesses. They work 10-12 hours daily on average, and during the tax season that number goes towards the 14-20 hour mark. There are a great deal of people who go through great hardship and work terrible, terrible hours for far less money than american CEOs. I mean seriously, their salaries are downright disgusting. Tens of million in bonuses? How far does greed go? How about distributing the wealth among other company employees?
The simple fact of the matter is that if anything goes wrong within the company; as a CEO you will always be notified, regardless of what time it is.
There are many engineers, electricians, common laborers who run the risk of being ruined and sued for any errors they make. Hell, your average police officer has a great deal of responsibility and accountability every day he works. None of those jobs pay a disproportionate amount of money. While many engineer salaries can easily go as high as 150,00$+ It's very difficult to get anywhere close to that number in the first few years of your career. Naturally, this reflects the idea of american "meritocracy."
So all you guys complaining don't actually realise that whilst yes; they make a crap load of money. The CEO's and their families are put under a huge amount of stress that you couldn't even fathom unless you come from a military family. There were periods were I might have seen my father once a month, or once every 2 months, simply because he was flying around or just at the office for insane hours (such as 3am - 10pm). So complain all you want; as someone who has actually experienced the kind of crap and stress they put up with; they can take the bloody money because I would NEVER, regardless of pay, do that job. They have to put up with far too much crap and live in such a high stress environment with very strict deadlines etc. that to me its just not worth the hassle.
I'm sorry, but your family and father do not even go into the top 20% in terms of emotional turmoil, difficulty or whatever. Most families in China go under through far more stress than that. Hell, I have gone through and still go through more stress than that. Sure, family separation hits some much harder than other(I have never been affected by it) but honestly, considering that at least a billion people live under a line below poverty? Trying to "put things in perspective" for us just does quite the opposite of your intended effect. Sorry, but your story really isn't anything special.