Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed frustrations of working in the public sector on Thursday, saying the government is “not a highly disciplined organization” during remarks to reporters.
“Well it is a lot different than being CEO of Exxon because I was the ultimate decision-maker,” Tillerson said adding “that always makes life easier.”
“You own it, you make the decision, and I had a very different organization around me. One that I spent my whole life with, people knew me very well and they knew what to expect,” he continued according to reports.
Tillerson was speaking with reporters on a flight returning to the U.S. from the middle east.
“We had very long-standing, disciplined processes and decision-making — I mean, highly structured — that allows you to accomplish a lot, to accomplish a lot in a very efficient way,” he said.
“It’s largely not a highly disciplined organization,” Tillerson said, referring to government
“Decision-making is fragmented, and sometimes people don’t want to take decisions. Coordination is difficult through the interagency [process].”