Which of These Emmy-Nominated Characters Would Make the Best (and the Worst) Employee?

By Emily Stanford


Did you catch the television event of the year last night? Well, we’re rounding up some of our favorite Emmy-nominated characters and tried to evaluate their positive — and negative attributes. Who would we like to work with and who would drive us absolutely crazy? We weighed the pros and cons and figured out who you should hire. Here’s what we came up with:

Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife

Pros: Willing to work hard and go the extra mile for her job. Florrick is an ambitious self-starter who will take on any challenge to achieve her goals. She’s willing to help her employees, like partner Cary Agos, when they’re in trouble.

Cons: She went off to start her own company…and took her old clients with her.

Grade: A-

Don Draper, Mad Men

Which of These Emmy-Nominated Characters Would Make the Best (and the Worst) Employee?

Pros: Don is the shining star of Madison Ave., he’s a brilliant advertiser that all of the other agencies want. He’s smart and cunning with a knack for deliver what the customer is looking for.

Cons: He’s brilliant but has incredibly high, almost impossible to reach, standards for his employees. Has been known to engage in inappropriate relationships and his unpredictable and vindictive actions can cost your company clients.

Grade: B-

Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

Pros: Leslie is as passionate as an employee could possible be about…anything. She’s thoughtful about her fellow employees and strives to make them feel appreciated. Always willing to go the extra mile and will do anything to help those that need it.

Cons: She’ll steamroll over anyone (including her own boss — poor Ron) who stands in her way and won’t take no for an answer.

Grade: A

Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

Pros: Tyrion is incredibly smart and capable of looking at the big-picture and thinking long-term. He can manuever through office political situations with ease and values the opinions of his advisors, but also willing to mentor others (like the Mother of Dragons).

Cons: He might get a bit too drunk at happy hours and he’s sneaky — you’re never quite sure what his next move will be.

Grade: A-

Suzanne (Crazy Eyes) Warren, Orange is the New Black

Pros: Crazy Eyes is extremely loyal and willing to do what it takes to please her boss.

Cons: She’s easily manipulated and well…she got that nickname for a reason.

Grade: C

Francis Underwood, House of Cards

Pros: Frank will do anything it takes to win and his smart, persuasive persona earns him many followers.

Cons: Just as soon as he gains those followers, his manipulative and vindictive streak will strike, and those friends will become enemies. Also…he’s a murderer.

Grade: D

Carrie Mathison, Homeland

Pros: Carrie is smart, savvy, and willing to go to great lengths and take risks to get the job done. She has an excellent mentor who helps guide her towards the right decisions.

Cons: She will do whatever she feels should be done, even if you don’t agree with her and specifically forbid it.

Grade: B

Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Pros: Titus is a very talented and creative songwriter.

Cons: With that said, he’s destined for bigger things and won’t stick around for long

Grade: B

Cookie Lyon, Empire

Pros: Cookie is opinionated and willing to speak her mind. She’s excellent at her job and has a great ear for talent…plus a fabulous wardrobe.

Cons: Cookie has a fiery temper and doesn’t take criticism well. Not quite a team player.

Grade: B-

Will McAvoy, The Newsroom

Pros: Will is a season, talented newscaster with lots of experience. He has a passionate fan-base and is a great multitasker, able to be handling crises in between commercial breaks.

Cons: Will inserts his personal beliefs into every newscast and is self-righteous (and expects his employees to be, too).

Grade: B

Peggy Olson, Mad Men

Pros: Peggy is smart, talented copywriter and is willing to work her way to the top and break glass ceilings. She also learned from the best: Don Draper.

Cons: A limited social life means she can be a bit of a workaholic and has taken on some of Don’s less desirable management traits — she is demanding and expects her staff to work as hard as she does.

Grade: B+

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Pros: On Episodes, Matt LeBlanc plays an exaggerated version of himself, meaning that he’s a very talented actor and influencer with name recognition.

Cons: On the show Matt is also self-absorbed, arrogant, antagonistic, and difficult to work with.

Grade: D+

In the end, the clear winner was Leslie Knope, Parks and Rec extraordinaire, followed closely by Tyrion Lannister and Alicia Florrick. Totally disagree with my grades? Let me know in the comments!

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