It’s not uncommon for the underlying infrastructure of an organization’s jobs—what we call job architecture; also referred to as job structure, catalogue, or leveling—to become outdated and weak.
Growth is a common culprit, particularly through M&A activity. Organizations might adopt the job titles of merged or acquired employees without harmonizing them into a master set of job titles and leveling jobs across the organization. The danger is that a “senior manager” in one organization may have had different responsibilities and a different place in the organizational hierarchy than a senior manager in another organization. It could also be that one organization’s senior manager performs duties akin to an operations manager in another, but the two are considered to be at different levels and compensated differently.