I'm working on a site that has around 150 static pages within the site structure. It has eight top-level sections linked to from the global navigation.
However, having scraped the links from the site, it shows that there are 88 subdirectory folders right next to the root domain (I hope I'm expressing that correctly - I mean example.com/subdirectory). And the subdirectories do not reflect the apparent structure of content conveyed by the global navigation.
Can the number of subdirectories next to the root domain have a negative impact on SEO? Or can the proportion of top-level pages compared to the site overall (i.e. 88 top-level pages compared to ca. 150 pages overall) have a negative impact on SEO?