Power Lunch

Monday - Friday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Power Lunch

Bonus Season: Mega-Millions Jackpot?

Some would call a $25 million bonus excessive – perhaps obscene. But that's exactly what some Wall Street traders and bankers will find in their Christmas stockings this year. Should some of that money be going to shareholders – or are those big numbers needed to hold onto the top money makers? On "Power Lunch," CNBC’s Sue Herera took a closer look at bonuses and whether they’re needlessly excessive. 

She spoke with Steven Hall, Managing Director of Steven Hall Partners, an executive consulting firm – and Brad Agle, Director of the Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Bonuses: Fair or Frivolous

Steven Hall says "This is a market where individuals create the value and if a company doesn't want to pay them there's another one  that will."

Sue Herera: How much is too much?

Steven Hall: "I'm not sure there is a number that is too much. It's important to keep these people locked in place."

Brad Agle: "They do indeed work hard and they deserve to make a lot of money - but there's a fundamental question about executive compensation - people in the country have to feel that there is fairness."

Agle added that (because of recent events) people don't always feel they can trust business leaders in this country and ask themselves, "Do these men really deserve to get this much money?"