Does your Human Resources department have too much power?

I recently left a company where the new CEO had to wrestle control away from HR and remind them that they were a support department and that they did not contribute to the actual profit of the company. He also had to remind them that he, not they was in charge of the company. I am now at a relatively new... show more I recently left a company where the new CEO had to wrestle control away from HR and remind them that they were a support department and that they did not contribute to the actual profit of the company. He also had to remind them that he, not they was in charge of the company.

I am now at a relatively new company and as we grow it appears that HR is constantly trying to grab for power and control.

Is this common?
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