Top, middle and first-level management differ based on the education and experience required, the skills needed for that level and the responsibilities of the level of management. Top-level managers typically include CEOs, vice presidents, presidents and board of directors, while middle-level management includes department managers, general managers and branch managers. Low-level managers include a foreman, section lead and supervisor.
Top-level managers are the highest level and are responsible for controlling the organization or company as a whole. This includes overseeing goals and plans for the company, creating company policies and making financial decisions for the organization. This type of manager is also accountable to the general public.
Middle-level managers are typically in charge of monitoring their own department within the company. This includes creating department information systems, hiring and firing employees, overseeing training and providing guidance and inspiration for all employees working underneath them.
First-level or low-level management assigns employee tasks, makes recommendations and suggestions to middle-level managers and deals with employee activities on a daily basis. Someone in low-level management also helps with basic supervision, performance feedback, motivation and career planning for employees. First-level managers work closely with middle management to provide tips for improving their individual department, including informing them if an employee should have a discussion about their performance and helping individual employees with difficulties they are facing.