Good read: Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired

This piece in the NY Times could be dismissed as an angry former employee complaining about the place he used to work, but I think it’s more than that as there is a lot backing his story. His description of the ‘new sweatshops’, with great looking offices but still a lot of biases and people being burnt out and then fired (or was it graduated?) is something everybody that is cheering for Silicon Valley needs to read.

2 excerpts from the article:

Tech workers have no job security. You’re serving a “tour of duty” that might last a year or two, according to the founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, who is the co-author of a book espousing his ideas, “The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age.” Companies burn you out and churn you out when someone better, or cheaper, becomes available. “Your company is not your family,” is another line from Mr. Hoffman’s book.

Treating workers as if they are widgets to be used up and discarded is a central part of the revised relationship between employers and employees that techies proclaim is an innovation as important as chips and software. The model originated in Silicon Valley, but it’s spreading. Old-guard companies are hiring “growth hackers” and building “incubators,” too. They see Silicon Valley as a model of enlightenment and forward thinking, even though this “new” way of working is actually the oldest game in the world: the exploitation of labor by capital.

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