I disagree to an extent. I have had many jobs that hired me based on my experience and qualifications. I ran my own business, and I can guarantee you that none of the positions with my company went to friends or family or buddies. My business was hard, and you needed to know what you were doing, So I hired based on qualifications. Interestingly enough I never had to worry about meeting standards, as I had pretty much everyone from every background, color, or sex. They just had to know how to do the job.
I’m sure there are places like that, but I haven’t seen it as a “standard” in my life. I have seen it, so I won’t say it doesn’t exist. I’ve worked at other places where Joe’s cousin got hired. And it usually ends up being just as bad as if they hired someone because they were a certain color, or had certain things not dangling between their legs.
I watched my son leave a job he loved because of horrible management. And that manager was the sister of the manager of another store who got her the job, and she got her friend the supervisor job. and it was a horrible experience for him, and he quit.
But 4 months later the store collapsed, and the regional manager had to come in and fire everyone. Smaller businesses do not survive long when someone is hired because they’re family, and they don’t survive long when they’re hired because of color or race or sex.
Big companies can trundle along with this silliness because they usually are big enough that they have someone along the way that knows what they are doing and keeps the company alive. Like Blizzard…big activision money allows them to make crap like current WoW and Warcrap rebroken and get away with it.
So…I suppose if a company is just going to be stupid, they might as well spread the stupidity equally and fairly. But it’s a bit generalizing to assume everyone who runs a business is stupid.