What is HiPPO (highest paid person's opinion, highest paid person in the office)? - Definition from WhatIs.com


HiPPO (highest paid person's opinion, highest paid person in the office)

Part of the Business terms glossary:

HiPPO is an acronym for the "highest paid person's opinion" or the "highest paid person in the office."  The acronym is used to describe the tendency for lower-paid employees to defer to higher-paid employees when a decision has to be made.  

The term can also be used to describe an organization's reliance on human instinct rather than data in the decision-making process. 

This was last updated in December 2013
Contributor(s): Ed Burns
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms


  • gig economy

    - The gig economy is a business environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. (WhatIs.com)

  • holding company

    - A holding company is a business that exists for the purpose of owning other companies and typically does not produce goods or offer services other than through its subsidiaries. (WhatIs.com)

  • unicorn

    - A unicorn, in an investment context, is a tech startup that is assessed at a valuation of $1 billion or more. (WhatIs.com)


  • Business terms

    - Terms related to business, including definitions about project management and words and phrases about human resources, finance and vertical industries.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question. Find an Answer.Powered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Ask An IT Question

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Ask Question

Tech TalkComment



    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.