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The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation is Shaking Up the Workplace by Ron Alsop

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2.1. MERITOCRACY FOR MILLENNIALS

There is little that millennials detest more than a rigid timetable for career advancement. The millennials have world-conquering ambition and don't want to feel constrained in the slightest. They want a true meritocracy that rewards performance regardless of years of seniority. That attitude, of course, doesn't fly at many law firms, investment banks, and other employers.

The millennials' belief in meritocracy should square quite nicely with the American ideal of achieving success through pluck and initiative. It's just that corporate hierarchies, union seniority rules, office politics, and other workplace dynamics sometimes interfere with the millennials' lofty goals.

Luke McGee, a senior analyst in investment ...

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