James Damore: Working at Google Is Like Being in a 'Cult'
14 August, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Warren Cooper
Recently, a startup investor Alex Rubalcava who spotted the ads on benches and bus stops near the company's office in Venice had this to say: "Someone is in Venice is not happy about Google's firing of that memo guy". It wasn't until the memo went viral inside Google and was leaked externally last weekend that Google made a decision to take action, he said. Damore said women can't get ahead in the tech industry because of biological differences with men.
The ads appear to be related to the saga of James Damore, the Google engineer who was sacked earlier this week after writing a 3,000-word essay criticizing Google's diversity policies in which he suggested that biological differences in women could make them less suited to work at Google. "I think what's really inspiring is they did this on their own - basically", Johnson added. A Blind survey found that a majority of employees at Google, Uber, Yahoo, Airbnb, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon thought that Damore should not have been fired.
The way Damore expressed his opinions and pushed discriminatory conclusions runs counter to a free idea exchange.
Scandal in Silicon Valley. For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, nearly like a cult with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of "Don't be evil". Public shaming serves not only to display the virtue of those doing the shaming but also warns others that the same punishment awaits them if they don't conform.
Last year, a Google security official sent a companywide email imploring employees not to leak information. It has become an all-out culture war outside the company, as well, putting Google and its employees in the crosshairs.
He distributed the "memo" widely inside the company.
Damore, who has emerged as a hero of conservative media, stands by his memo, saying he considered it a "reasoned, well-researched, good-faith argument".
Damore's op-ed follows interviews he gave earlier this week with Bloomberg News, as well as an independent broadcaster on YouTube. In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal called "Why I was sacked by Google", he slammed the company for its attempt to "silence open and honest discussion".
Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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