Corner office

Corner office
A corner office in Brea, California

A corner office is an office that is located in the corner of a building. Corner offices are considered desirable because they have windows on two exterior walls, as opposed to a typical office with only one window or none at all. (Note that offices occupying a corner of a building, but without windows, are not considered "corner offices.") As corner offices are typically given to the most senior executives, the term primarily refers to top management positions, such as the chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), chief operating officer (COO), chief marketing officer (CMO), chief information officer (CIO), General counsel (GC) and the director of human resources. In organizations which do not use this corporate hierarchy, such as law firms and political parties, the corner office generally refers to the most senior partners or officials who are involved with corporate governance.


  • CNBC's show Kudlow & Company has a recurring segment entitled "The Corner Office," in which various corporate executives are profiled.
  • The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog runs a series titled "Associate Advice from the Corner Office" where top executives in legal firms give tips to recent graduates.
  • American Public Media's Marketplace radio program has a recurring segment, Conversations from the Corner Office, which interviews CEOs from companies in various sectors.
  • Lois Frankel has written a book titled Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office in which she advises women to be assertive in order to break the glass ceiling.
  • Richard Conniff has written a book titled Ape in the Corner Office in which he applies theories from evolutionary biology and sociobiology to concepts of management in workplaces.
  • Corner Office Bedroom is a song by PlayRadioPlay!.


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