Next Stop Retaliation Station: Google’s Poisonous Work Environment


20,000 Google employees made the brave decision to conduct a walkout about a year ago to protest the mishandling of reports of sexual harassment and misconduct. It seems as though to this day not much has changed for those brave enough to speak out against the wrong doings. While Google seemed to say the right things and make the right moves publicly, changing there old polices to be more updated and making a public statement about the reports, behind the scenes employees are accusing the company of having a “retaliation culture”, which has made past and present employees too fearful to report any issues.

As reported by Recode, they found out numerous employees were punished for their actions with demotions, being pushed out, or made to work on lesser important or coveted projects after filing complaints with HR. The company would rather sweep issues under the rug than face the controversy head on, and this mentality is applied to a range of issues including everything from sexual misconduct to security. While employees have begin to voice their concerns about the retaliation, more often than not Google is loosing these employees because of this major issue.

I always find it puzzling that these larger companies would rather mistreat and belittle their employees rather than listen and work with them. I truly think they only end up hurting their image and credibility in the end, as people like myself hear these reports and stories and have no desire to work for such a place. I think the higher ups in companies like Google don’t understand that the way these situations are handled have a big impact on consumers, it is not like ten-twenty years ago where people don’t care or are ignorant to what is going on, people want to be informed about a companies moral code and values, so this doesn’t paint Google in a flattering light.


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