My coworker is leaking company information. What do I do?

May 3 43 Comments

Just had a dinner with a friend from a FAANG company, and accidentally got informed that one of my co-workers, is interviewing for a position in his team. As far as I knew, my coworker wasn’t leaving and pursing any other jobs.

What makes things even more complicated is that my friend, who actually interviewed him, told me he brought some modules to the interview to impress interviewers. Those modules are being developed here by him at his current job, and considered one of the highest priority and secrecy.

I am an intern at this current company, and I don’t know what to do here. On the one hand I really don’t want to get involved into office politics as an intern, because i want to actually work for them as full time once I graduate; but on the other hand, this person has shown a lot of problems working with others, and he might be doing some severe damage to the company.

What should I do?

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TOP 43 Comments
  • Indeed lndeed
    the downsides for you are obvious. what are the upsides for you?
    May 34
    • OP
      Would you mind elaborate the downsides?

      I think it might make me more trustworthy perhaps? Or keep the company from losing its advantage?
      May 3
    • Oracle bad404
      If the person leaving has more political clout than you, which they do since you're an intern, it'll probably leave you out of a job
      May 3
    • New bzRF81
      Even otherwise, OP will feel isolated from the rest of team as soon as he/she reports it.
      May 3
    • Google Mr. Glass
      Don’t slander without proof- if you do, you’re enabling others who’ll start doing it for personal gains.
      May 8
  • Oracle Ruttner
    You have no proof so you really can’t do anything.
    May 34
    • OP
      It is really difficult to obtain evidence like that. I don’t think it’s my job to investigate other people’s wrong doing, but I do think I need to tell them what I know...

      I agree with you that it is weak without proof. What could happen in that case?
      May 3
    • Oracle Ruttner
      Burden of proof is on the accuser.
      May 3
    • No it’s not.
      May 3
    • Google Mr. Glass
      No because if someone wanted to wrongly accuse their coworker they’d say similar things. As a policy the company is obligated not to act on it without proof. Don’t slander without proof- if you do, you’re enabling others who’ll start doing it for personal gains.
      May 8
  • New bzRF81
    If it's that serious, the interviewer would realize he's going to do the same thing once he joins them... Usually things like these play themselves out.
    May 33
    • OP
      And maybe he will stay in our company and keep showing our things to other companies to lure an offer? I don’t really know which one is the best...
      May 3
    • New bzRF81
      If you go ahead and report it, you'd more than likely end up regretting that almost immediately. Can't explain, but that's just how it works...
      May 3
    • Google Mr. Glass
      Don’t slander without proof- if you do, you’re enabling others who’ll start doing it for personal gains.
      May 8
  • Pandora xorba
    Just mind your own business. ICs do it all the time, managers do it all the time, researchers do it all the time, CEOs do it all the time. If it’s not life threatening to anybody, stay out.
    May 33
    • OP
      I didn’t know it happens so often... it’s sad to say that it comforts me somehow. Thanks
      May 3
    • T-Mobile rx350
      Sound advice. Everyone is taking credit all the time. You never know you could be turning out to be one of them. That's why there's open source. But companies having more opensource projects we run into the same problem. Manager says it's his idea, leads potrays it's his, intern shuts up cause it's originally his but he got no job yet.
      May 3
    • OP
      That is very true. I think things would be more complicated for open source projects. However this is a very much not open source project. I think it is okay for him to take the credits but not to show things off.

      But I do think I should stay out. After all an offer is what I am after.
      May 3
  • IBM yxT43bw
    TC or GTFO
    May 31
    • New bzRF81
      Best suggestion so far...
      May 3
  • Amazon 22/7
    A FAANG interviewer is trained to report and ignore such info. They are also supposed to blacklist him.

    If they’ve not done that report that FAANG friend to their own company.

    You can also probably ask your
    management to sue the FAANG company for millions.
    May 31
    • T-Mobile rx350
      The disclosing information wouldn't tell that it's confidential information. He/she is only interested in showing off.
      May 3
  • Intel fm5
    If true faang should reject him on the spot. Imagine your friend gets hired at faang and does same thing again
    May 31
  • GoDaddy gd7ejdn
    Duh keep your head down and focus on what matter most. Nail your internship to help your chances at working there full time. Hopefully by then, your coworker would have "found better opportunities"
    May 30
  • SpaceX uevh5
    If you were at Tesla you could report him to security and they would knee cap him.
    May 31
  • Amazon cec7iw
    You guys know this should disqualify the candidate.
    This thread sounds like mob advice from De Niro

    Never Rat and Always keep your mouth shut
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V5Mfs44MhYM
    May 41
    • Yandex russianvodka
      Never Rat [on Your Friends]

      Seems like TC's coworker is not his friend since we can see the topic.
      May 8
  • Twitch CP0
    Remind your FANG friend that they have a responsibility to report this. Also when people say FAANG I automatically they are Apple. Lol
    May 31
    • Microsoft 🐙M🐙
      Weird I automatically assume they are amazon
      May 3
  • Starbucks mirac
    Lol. Your company isn’t going to reward you. Just ignore.
    May 40
  • Was that friend pumping you for information? This series
    of coincidences makes me wonder if you’re not getting the whole story. Either way, don’t get sucked into the drama. You are not obligated to “report” anything that you heard about from a friend over dinner who was saying something potentially disparaging about a colleague.

    As an intern you have a short period of time to learn. Make the most of it and don’t waste time with drama or politics. Let them remember you for your work, not for you ability to sleuth out your colleagues shortcomings.
    May 60
  • Google 3/2=1
    Buddy. Put your head down and do what you came to do at the company. Stick your neck out and you will get slaughtered. Your friend also violated privacy rules by letting you know who he interviewed and what was discussed there. This is not going to go down well for anyone involved if you speak up.
    May 30
  • Qualcomm AlCr30
    Don’t you have anonymous reporting ?
    May 30
  • Microsoft Blissey
    If this happened at Microsoft we would be sending the guy packing...
    May 30
  • Amazon Gjdyveycc4
    How do you get access to that information ? From your friend who works in a competitor company 😊.
    May 31
    • Google 3/2=1
      Exactly. That itself will get him in trouble.
      May 3
  • Intel babubhatt
    I’d anonymously report if you are sure it is happening. You likely have already committed to do this in your co code of conduct, and could theoretically be fired if it was found you knew and did nothing.
    May 70
  • Oracle 7uuy444
    Lots of good advice. Agree with majority. Keep your head down, focus on your career. Remember if u report it, the burden of proof would be on you. Your friend violated privacy rules by telling u who he interviewed.
    May 40
  • Western Union 30ssss
    Your friend is almost doing the same. He don't have to mention interview details like this to you. Keep your head down and concentrate on your career.
    May 40
  • Dropbox . .
    For your own interest, dont do anything and congrats him if he gets it. You will have one more door open in the future.
    May 40
  • Google sqrt(-1)
    If I interview someone who does something like you reported I would just give a Strong No Hire and inform the recruiter about it.
    May 40

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