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I am considered for Chief of staff role at a relatively small ($600M) company, is this just a glorified assistant role? Looking for opinions about the role if anyone else has experience & whether ctd.

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Not necessarily, you will get to hangout with c-suite executives but devil is in the details.

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Exactly it is a glorified admin role. My current COS is useless and we all hate inviting him because he runs back and tells everything to the president. He’s good at slides but too early in his career to actually have substantial skills to make a difference in the business

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Many CoS roles are awesome - with the CoS involved in everything, knowing everything, and speaking for the principal. It can be a job for an organizational and relationship powerhouse. It it all depends...

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My opinion about CoS...they know everything, but they cannot pull any strings to make things happen. They are PMO for the organization, but don’t have any authority to conduct real business. But, I believe in small businesses...they can have more power, filling in for roles that are not filled or no budget to hire those resources.

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in a sense yes but in reality COS control the show. you have move power than you realize. you control everything

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I have seen a range of CoS roles, from the admin variety all the way to dotted line oversight of other CEO reports.

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I was a COS at a firm about 3x that size and my experience was similar to what some are describing. The default is in fact "admin" but the ability exists for you to run whatever you want if you're good and have initiative. The devil is 100% in the details and you need to have very clear and honest conversations with the CEO about what they really want and need. I felt like an admin / consultant for probably two months before I found something I could own and just kept driving on that.

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The default is pure admin . Depending on the boss and the COS - it can become a very useful learning experience for the COS . My last COS grew up as a strategy consultant , worked as COS for a year and a half , went back to consulting with a promotion and then went to google as a PM

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changing from a focused role to such an open/generalist role is helpful for my career

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What are the typical exit ops for a COS role? I feel like because of the wide range types of COS it could be hard to market. A recruiter just hit me up about a COS role so curious.

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Usually movement inside the firm where you were the COS. Level depends on size of company and what you did. I personally moved to Biz Dev afterwards but now back to consulting. Smaller companies you could take over as COO.

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