What is the difference between “head of” something and “director of something” at Amazon or Google? Who do they report to? Referring to real titles / roles, not the stuff people make up on linkedin

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As one example, I was interviewing with a “head of” who was a sr mgr reporting to a dir reporting to a dir. This sr mgr had less experience than I did, coming in as both a head of and a dir at my then role, but the sr mgr was viewed as “really high potential.” Wasn’t for me.


Director is a rank, while Head of denotes scope. For example the Head of Manufacturing at PwC could be a Senior Manager while the Head of Healthcare could be a partner.

One is a job classification (Director) the other is a Position (Head of whatever). You can have many different types of positions under the same Job Class.

To be clear, people can’t “make stuff up” on LinkedIn. There are huge networks and their colleagues who would quickly and publicly call bullshit. It would be career suicide to do so. From my network, “Head of” at google or amazon means that they are the senior most person leading that team. That can mean everything from a Manager to an SVP - those places put less stock in job level (to their detriment, but it keeps them quirky).

Titles these days are just there to make folks feel better about themselves. P1 made a great statement, you really have to know the persons role and responsibility to see what it equates it in our world. Seniors in consulting are manager in industry nine out of ten times. Manager is typically a senior manager or director

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