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.


A Box Office Bummer Summer and Netflix’s Impact

This summer has been anything but extraordinary for the film industry, as box office hits aren’t making the same numbers as in pervious summers. The summertime is supposed to be a buzzing time for the movie scene, as it normally accounts for almost 40 percent of the total years ticket sales, but there has been a 2 percent drop from this summer to last. The New York Times also reported that there has been a 5 percent drop in overall attendance versus last year. While the box office has seen successes in movies such as “Avengers: Endgame”, which made over $2.8 billion worldwide, there is a lack in ability to get audiences in all year round.

I personally still enjoy going to theaters and seeing movies, I find it to be a fun activity to do with friends and family, also there is something special about watching film on the big screen. That doesn’t appeal to everyone though, as the price many people can’t be justified and why leave the house when you can stream unlimited options at home. That is where streaming services like Netflix and Hulu come in.

Netflix and other services are able to score major films for their platforms just months or even weeks after these movies leave theaters and many consumers are able to wait it out rather than take the trip to the cinema. But this isn’t the only impact Netflix has on film, with the abundant high quality original content these services put out, now movies don’t need theaters to have success.

While researching this topic I found out Netflix will be releasing an original called Between Two Ferns: The Movie, a movie adaptation of the hit web series with Zach Galifianakis and I immediately watched the trailer. The movie is jam packed with well known actors and musicians ranging from Matthew McConaughey and Will Ferrell to David Letterman and Chance the Rapper. Bigger name stars are now working on original content with streaming services, so you can see a movie that is strictly on Netflix have your favorite actors.

I think this is where a lot of the movie theater appeal is lost for some people, now you can pay a monthly fee and get unlimited access to movies both old and new, so why spend $30+ on just one.