It sure beats the whole TNG style bridge, which has Picard sit next to the ship's therapist.
'Counselor, do you sense any impressions from the bad guys?'
'They're obviously lying to us, but about what I don't know.'
'Thank you that was very helpful.'
I am more concerned about the first officer's chair (on both the Galaxy and Intrepid bridge). I mean, you have the captain sitting in his/her chair barking orders at the bridge crew ...while the first officer is doing the same thing. To me that seems a lot like having two captains. At least Spock made himself useful as a science officer.