We’ve seen a lot of people on social media talking about Saturday’s New York Times article by Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld about Amazon’s toxic workplace culture. Lots of people saying they find the level of stress and pain workers were put through unconscionable–80-hour work weeks, midnight emails, people threatened with termination because they let health problems or childcare affect their productivity. People breaking down crying at their desks. “Purposeful Darwinism.”
I’ve seen people proclaim that this is the “last straw,” that they’re canceling their Prime membership, that they’re boycotting Amazon purchases, that they’re moved to speak up because Amazon has “gone too far.” Really?
I honestly don’t see it. Yes, it sounds like a terrible place to work and I wouldn’t want to work there. But the stories are not that unusual for the tech world. Indeed, Nick Ciubotariu, the Amazon employee who took to LinkedIn Pulse to defend his employer, has posted a harrowing story of a coding “death march” at a different employer that indeed does make Amazon sound comparatively humane.