HELP my company is toxic. How are leaders/managers/execs held accountable at yours?

Eventbrite / Eng hcEf32
Jul 17 23 Comments

At my current company there is no sense of checks and balances. Execs are incompetent/absent (there is currently no CTO, CFO, COO, Chief people officer or chief revenue officer). Directors can’t set deadlines and lack vision. Managers don’t contribute at all (all managers are purely people managers) and micromanage, blaming ICs and adding BS hoops to safeguard promotions in times of budget cuts.

Our stock says it all (never mind that thru blind we found out we were all being underpaid).

I don’t know anyone who isn’t actively interviewing (except parents, immigrants, people who haven’t vested 1 yr yet). The culture is incredibly toxic and the Glassdoor reviews are outdated/fabricated by the comms team.

We feel stuck. Help us, any advice would be appreciated.

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TOP 23 Comments
  • Leave
    Jul 17 6
    • Tell them to leave too. Bad management can seriously make life miserable.
      Jul 17
    • Eventbrite / Eng hcEf32
      OP
      I like that idea. How do I do that? (Everyone who has spoken up has gotten BS PIPs and left)
      Jul 17
    • Save yourself first, before helping others.. Airplane emergency procedures apply.
      Jul 17
    • T-Mobile fun oh
      How's bad managers dispersing good for other companies?
      Jul 17
    • Eventbrite / Eng hcEf32
      OP
      I guess bad managers causes good talent to move to other companies lol
      Jul 17
  • eBay / Product blitzer
    Is this issue in Product, Engineering or across the board?
    Jul 17 4
    • Eventbrite / Eng hcEf32
      OP
      Across the board! Prod, eng, HR, finance, strategy, marketing, you name it...
      Jul 17
    • Eventbrite / Eng hcEf32
      OP
      I mean, we hired a new Chief Product Officer but he’s too new. We have no CTO or CFO or COO so you can guess how strong the vision is for everyone. The new Chief people officer was reeeeally bad so almost all of HR quit because he sucked and then he was fired.
      Jul 17
    • Eventbrite / Eng hcEf32
      OP
      TLDR there is no HR to complain to (they all quit, except the general counsel lawyers...not the most humanistic/empathetic of folk)
      Jul 17
    • eBay / Product blitzer
      Sorry to hear that. At this point it’s best to find a new opportunity and leave. There are plenty of companies sponsoring h1b / green cards if you are in that situation.
      Jul 17
  • New QWyx65
    1. Put on your hardhat
    2. Ask to speak to your management for a moment.
    3. Politely yet firmly tell them exactly what you are saying.
    4. If they dont like it, what are they going to do to you they already haven't? Remember it is easy to fear backlash, but if they get too pushy, remember this is YOUR time as well as all your coworkers on the line.
    5. Collect your hero badge for either having attempted to fix the situation, or having done so successfully.
    Jul 17 7
    • New QWyx65
      Modern society of instant gratification and exaggeration
      Jul 17
    • Eventbrite / Eng hcEf32
      OP
      What do you mean by “they are attempting to ruin your resume...by creating the need to quit”? Don’t they have a stake too?
      Jul 17
    • New QWyx65
      They do have a stake, but not all companies see it that way. I have seen companies with a turnover rate as high as 45%

      If they choose not to reinvent their employee relations in cases like that, it is on them.

      Not all companies do what it takes to thrive, and not all companies make it in the business world.
      Jul 17
    • New QWyx65
      As far as what I mean, if a company incentivizes you to join them and doesn't deliver and you quit. How does that look when explained to an interviewer for your next job?
      Jul 17
    • Eventbrite / Eng hcEf32
      OP
      “Looking for a new opportunity!” is sufficient for eng/prod at least
      Jul 17
  • Oracle bananatini
    The shareholders, who are typically represented by the board of directors, are the ones who hold the CEO(s) accountable. The CEO then keeps the rest of the CxOs in line, and it's supposed to trickle down from there. If the board is absent then there is no accountability for the CEO, who may then also be absent from keeping the other CxOs in check.

    If you are genuinely concerned, you can try to contact members of the board to express your concerns. But obviously, this is extremely risky. It is much easier and safer on your reputation and legal standing to just leave for greener pastures.
    Jul 17 2
    • Eventbrite / Eng hcEf32
      OP
      Thank you for that insight — I never even knew about the role of the board. It’s bizarre they are ok with so many C suite vacancies...makes me question the board frankly.
      I feel for people who can’t leave right away (eg parents and immigrants). What can they do?
      Jul 17
    • Oracle bananatini
      Same as everyone else. File for unemployment or move back to country of origin where they can do that, I guess
      Jul 17