Qualifed people are getting laid off left and right but people who aren't good at their jobs are still here. What's the reason?

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Yep. Politics. Who is cheaper. Who is not a threat to the next higher level.

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Decision makers rarely know the day to day.

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Those people are more expensive probably

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The drivers behind these decisions are sometimes not a direct correlation to outward performance .

The coworkers you may consider the best may not be viewed that way by their management .
The people retained may be a legal liability if let go.

Sometimes, it’s just politics.

If you are not part of the decision making process you may never understand how the choice is made.

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Most probably a mix of salary costs, nepotism and cronyism.

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It kinda always happens that way.

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Those that stay are getting paid peanuts.

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My company laid off the mid-level, hungry employees and kept on all the boozy-schmoozy Execs, so clearly politics outweighs cheap labor in most cases.

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Because no money is coming in and agencies still have to pay for rent, utilities, remaining payroll etc.

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