Death of Culture

Smule / Eng smort
Aug 14, 2017 142 Comments

Company has started killing anything interesting one by one. Recently they declared, "only work related slack channels". Then they "reset" slack and a bunch of settings and history were lost. Now they don't want us to do our daily afternoon coffee run. Like literally telling us when we can and can't leave there office.

Everyone is now paranoid about who or what will be next, and we haven't interviewed a new engineer in over a year.

We're not spoiled brats, we aren't whining about gluten free organic fair trade gummy worms. We just don't want to be treated like insolent children because someone didn't like a cat gif.

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  • Bluebot / Other CheekyTina
    "Beatings will continue until morale improves. "
    Aug 14, 2017 1
    • New / Design Isaiah
      😁😂😂😂
      Aug 14, 2017
  • Oracle jceg8
    Congratulations, sounds like you guys are well on your way to become a soulless corporate monolith. Enjoy the ride and remember, fun is mandatory.
    Aug 14, 2017 2
    • Intel 8nx77
      Exactly! Smells like Intel!
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Intel yukvcd
      Not really - Intel is not like what OP describes. In my experience Intel cares more about work getting done, not how many hours it took to get it done - depends on management of course.
      Aug 15, 2017
  • Facebook UEyT82
    Won't be long before they ask you take PTO for a dentist or doctor's appointment and also ask you to work weekends. Don't ask me how I know.

    Edit: I should have clarified. This was at a previous company, not at Facebook.
    Aug 14, 2017 18
    • Amazon gloppy
      @minke: yeah, but we have limited sick time and it drains fast. I was quickly burned through it and deep into my vacation PTO
      Aug 14, 2017
    • Riverbed Technology / Product
      WMpC82

      Riverbed Technology Product

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      WMpC82more
      @gloppy I feel bad that you had cause for that many sick days. Get well soon
      Aug 14, 2017
    • Amazon / Eng IStrategy
      @gloppy: Has he been fired yet?
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Facebook UEyT82
      No definitely not at facebook! Past company...Facebook has been the exact opposite of that and is completely reasonable with time off IMO.

      OP I quit the last company and am much happier for it
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Amazon gloppy
      @IStrategy no, he's a high performing sr manager now
      Aug 15, 2017
  • New / Eng ¬_¬
    Time to start interviewing elsewhere.
    Aug 14, 2017 0
  • ViaSat / Eng bwwX84
    Management isn't allowed to say "our business is dying, please leave." Your situation is often as clear as they can be. You should line up something else and help them reduce their head count ASAP.
    Aug 14, 2017 1
  • Boeing UEUN13
    What you need to do is take the fax machine out to an empty field with a baseball bat and take out your rage.
    Aug 14, 2017 10
    • Microsoft / Eng Trotwood
      Oh I know, my reply was the next quote from that scene 😂
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Union Bank / Eng minke
      Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays!
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng Trotwood
      I do believe you'd get your butt kicked for saying something like that 😮😂
      Aug 17, 2017
    • Oracle / Product
      TKSHUDGO

      Oracle Product

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      IBM
      BIO
      Lead, follow or get out of my way.
      TKSHUDGOmore
      Watch out for your cornhole!
      Aug 17, 2017
    • Western Digital / Mgmt 2n0n
      I get fhat feeling, too!
      Aug 26, 2017
  • Smule momjeans
    At the same time, this is a for profit company. You want culture? Paint a portrait. Start a band.
    Aug 14, 2017 3
    • WRKSHP / Eng 999
      You must have been the one who caused this
      Aug 14, 2017
    • New / Eng yhHv77
      "Culture" as you say is mainly a tool used by companies to target/acquire/keep talents. It can be used as a competitive advantage per se. Taking off those advantages a posteriori will always cause adverse reactions, see loss aversion in decision theory.
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Lyft sKGk60
      Haha look at this asshole
      Nov 25, 2017
  • Box / Eng Erlich B.
    Box is hiring... just saying...
    Aug 14, 2017 4
    • WRKSHP / Eng 999
      Ooh referrals maybe?
      Aug 14, 2017
    • HealthNow / Eng
      binarycafe

      HealthNow Eng

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      binarycafemore
      what's the culture at box/ what's the working conditions? e.g. are there quiet areas for head down work, separate from collaborating areas?
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Google / Eng
      vharma

      Google Eng

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      vharmamore
      Box has no future.
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Box aKGUEP
      @binarycafe yea there are quiet rooms on every floor, always space there. Company trusts employees to get their work done and doesnt micromanage their hours/work. Great free food, nice people, little drama, right next to caltrain station. If anything, there's too much freedom
      Aug 16, 2017
  • Raytheon / Eng
    GKIII

    Raytheon Eng

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    GKIIImore
    Yea, time to explore other opportunities if you don't like where it's heading. From the sound of it you might need to start covering your ass anyway. A company not expanding is a company that is in financial trouble in my experience.
    Aug 14, 2017 1
    • Airbnb merouga
      Actually I'd blame OPs concern about hiring on overly conservative management more than any of the totally concocted ideas I've read in this thread.

      We know we have a good thing and really don't want to f it up.
      Aug 16, 2017
  • Ridecell CrocDundee
    why are you complaining like a three year old.. LEAVE!!!
    Aug 14, 2017 1
    • Union Bank / Eng minke
      What's with the attitude? We're thankful he's sharing his insights on what's been going on at Smule.
      Aug 14, 2017
  • Google / Eng ugRQ58
    Ask your CEO when he plans to invade Poland
    Aug 14, 2017 2
  • IBM ⛰️
    Market is hot. Get out.
    Aug 14, 2017 0
  • Databricks / Eng
    datadicks

    Databricks Eng

    BIO
    Sucking data
    datadicksmore
    Probably zombie startup
    Aug 14, 2017 0
  • Sony xz zzyx
    What's with all the people complaining about complaining? This app is literally made for this this type of post. We come here for this, and now I know to avoid smule. So keep up the complaining!
    Aug 15, 2017 3
    • Ridecell CrocDundee
      no this app is not made for complaining
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Ridecell CrocDundee
      and telling someone to stop bitching is not the same thing idiot
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Tesla FestivalSX
      Yeah... Stop being a meanie!
      Aug 15, 2017
  • New / Eng Elementary
    Company might be dying... Or leadership may be doing a weak job of trying to improve things.
    Aug 14, 2017 0
  • Microsoft / Eng billsdaddy
    Sounds like desperate attempts to increase productivity given some negative results. GTFO.
    Aug 14, 2017 0
  • Microsoft M$FTEE
    "gluten free organic fair trade gummy worms". I see them all the time. But now they have a newfound respect
    Aug 14, 2017 1
    • WRKSHP / Eng 999
      Check your gummy worm privilege /s
      Aug 14, 2017
  • New / Product
    vRqg87

    New Product

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    vRqg87more
    Chat logs are fair game when doing Due Diligence. Someone may be considering an investment/acquisition and your co needs to show they are serious about your business. Straighten up and fly right for a while and your option package may become worth something.
    Aug 14, 2017 1
    • Box / Eng Erlich B.
      Wait, maybe vRqg87 is right! But if you're looking for a great culture, check out Box. I was blown away!
      Aug 14, 2017
  • Zendesk integral
    Mm smule, because magic flute will pay the bills for life.

    Wtf. Leave.
    Aug 14, 2017 0
  • NetSuite Disilluzen
    Oracle is destroying culture at NetSuite. The anti-culture is mind numbing.
    Aug 14, 2017 6
    • Oracle / Product
      TKSHUDGO

      Oracle Product

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      BIO
      Lead, follow or get out of my way.
      TKSHUDGOmore
      Netsuite: you will submit and be assimilated. We buy companies that barely make money if any at all. Be grateful and rejoice.
      Aug 14, 2017
    • NetSuite Disilluzen
      Oracle PM: you are right, we made $ while you guys just watched. You buy companies to prop up growth numbers and then kill them. :(
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Oracle / Product
      TKSHUDGO

      Oracle Product

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      IBM
      BIO
      Lead, follow or get out of my way.
      TKSHUDGOmore
      Lol Netsuite would've been stuck in earnings mediocrity if not for the Big O. If things are sooooo bad now, do something about it if you can.
      Aug 16, 2017
    • NetSuite wowzee
      Or We could do what people at Oracle do best..... NOTHING!! 20 hour week-lings at the Big O Retirement community. ;)
      Aug 16, 2017
    • Oracle / Product
      TKSHUDGO

      Oracle Product

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      IBM
      BIO
      Lead, follow or get out of my way.
      TKSHUDGOmore
      Well, doing nothing is indeed one option. You've chosen one that is best paired with cheese.
      Aug 16, 2017

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