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I came across this thread this morning, supposedly an insider account of life in Big Tech from an engineer enduring work life under the plague that has taken lives, disrupted workplaces, turned schools into rigid, authoritarian child prisons, and spread suffering to countless families across the country. And also, COVID, which has somehow made the woke plague even worse. Keep in mind that not only can anyone make up anything on social media, but making up fake stuff is social media’s raison d’être. (Raison d’être being a French word meaning, I believe, “shoehorn.”) Also, the usual caveat of being skeptical to any anecdote that validates a prejudice applies. All that said, it’s an interesting read.
I work in Big Tech. A name you would know and have probably used before. Wanted to give a rundown of what it’s like from the inside right now. Obviously insanely radically leftwing. BLM/LGBTQ. Trans flags hanging in office. Pronouns stated before meetings. Special affiliation groups for everyone but white men. All what you’d expect.
True. Silicon Valley may be patient zero in the woke plague, but the contagion has spread across corporate America.
There’s constant talk, even now, about how hard things are for everyone. Often meetings start with going around the room to ask “How is everyone feeling?”
Literally everyone else went on sad rants about their lives. “I’m so MAD a white supremacist shot 3 black men in Kenosha!” It’s toxic. When it got to me, I said “Good.” and then a lady engineer proposed that we should not be allowed to answer the question positively. I think it hurt her that I wasn’t as miserable as her.
This is a great truth: Miserable people do not want to be happy; they want everyone else to be miserable. This is absolutely essential to understand the left.
The author goes onto explain that between COVID, working from home, and a company coasting on past successes, the business isn’t developing product anymore, it’s simply providing paychecks for miserable leftists.
Things my coworkers spend an enormous amount of their day on: – Coming up with a “clever” new Zoom background each day (something Harry Potter or Star Wars like children) – Clever Slack emojis – Reddit style responses in threads (“First!) and other low brow irony for the lulz.
You have a certain fire in your 20’s. Ready to reform and change everything. You get noticed when you perform. Promoted, bonuses, etc. But eventually you keep hitting the same problems or gatekeepers over and over. I recall asking an older coworker (mid-thirties at the time)… …what drove him, and he said he just does it for the paycheck now. I’m at that point. Lost the fire for career and collecting my paycheck for other purposes in life where the fire has been rekindled.
I am left wondering, if it’s this bad when the company is flush with profits, what happens when the inevitable crash happens? If you ever read a book like “Rivethead” or “On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors,” you would realize that, minus the woke politics, this attitude of employees and managers not caring about their jobs and thinking they could get away with anything was pervasive in the American auto industry in the 1970s. And those of us who studied some history know how that worked out.Published inRicochet editors have scheduled this post to be promoted to the Main Feed at 7:39AM (PT) on January 14th, 2022.