Re: QA Prestige
More than that, because testing is only as good as the documentation that comes with it. Before you can test, you need - something like an actual spec.
That rules it out for about 30% of all companies right away.
And the spec needs to be reasonably clear, complete, accurate and up to date. That probably strikes out another 50%.
Without that documentation, QA is always getting the mushroom treatment.
Alternatively of course you could just write comprehensive user documentation. (Then tie it to the leg of a passing carrier pig.)