Would you want to work for Artie T.?
In June, Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas was removed as the head of the family-owned grocery store chain, a more than $4 billion enterprise employing 25,000 workers in 71 stores across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
After six weeks of employee protests, customer boycotts and even supplier pickets, Artie T. is back, buying out his ouster and cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas (aka Artie S.), who has been at the center of decades of fighting over the family business in a nearly unbelievable, twisted tale of years of lawsuits, subterfuge, secret tapes and more.
In a world where CEOs usually make headlines for calling for massive layoffs while drawing exorbitant salaries and workers are more likely to protest “the 1 percent” than try to bring back their boss, Artie T. and Market Basket are a unique case.
Artie T. is, by all accounts, a stand-up guy who has worked hard to ensure his (not unionized, by the way) workers enjoy profit-sharing, a solid retirement plan, holiday bonuses and the kind of encouragement that has literally taken grocery baggers up through the ranks to corner offices. He remembers names and birthdays and is often compared to George Bailey from “It's a Wonderful Life” for his tendency to put people over profit and his own paycheck.
He's just a likable guy.
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Designing an executive compensation is a complex matter, and the ever-changing rules for publicly traded companies make it even more complicated. And analyzing what a pay package actually says about how executives and their contributions are valued is an even darker and more mysterious art. While metrics and pay-for-performance trends are a big factor, there are some other, less quantitative matters, experts say.