Corner office

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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 (windowless offices occupying a corner of a building are therefore not typically considered “corner offices”). As corner offices are often given to the most senior executives, the term primarily refers to top management positions, such as the chief executive officer (CEO),[1] 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.


  • Corner Office, in Massachusetts, is a term used to refer to that state's governor.
  • 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!.
  • Corner Office is the name of an episode of Law & Order
  • The law-drama Suits (TV series) makes numerous references to the corner office, highlighting the prestige having one conveys


  • Frankel, Lois P. Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers. Business Plus, 2004.
  • Conniff, Richard. The Ape in the Corner Office: Understanding the Workplace Beast in All of Us. Crown Business, 2005.
  • Slater, Dan. "Associate Advice from the Corner Office." The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, 28 Apr 2008. <>
  1. ^ "Office setup and construction". Office Quotes. Retrieved 10 December 2013.