“Following a weekend New York Times feature that depicted an often harsh and unforgiving workplace culture at tech giant Amazon, CEO Jeff Bezos has responded in a memo to employees,” writes NPR’s Laura Wagner.
Bezos encourages staffers to read the Times piece but states, “The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day.” He later writes that “anyone working in a company that really is like the one described in the NYT would be crazy to stay.”
The Times article, which cited more than 100 current and former employees, describes a wildly successful but ruthless company where workers are encouraged to report each other to supervisors for transgressions such as “inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”
According to the article, employees are expected to answer emails well into the night and workers crying at their desks is not an uncommon sight. One former worker says Amazon fosters a culture that prioritizes the success of the company above all else.
Today’s Question: What’s one cultural dynamic you’d like to see change at your workplace?