Google employee: I was involved in the internal decisions involving James Damore, and it's terrible what we did...

Jan 9, 2019 47 Comments

Saw this on other social media. Unverified, but apparently, a Reddit account validated as James Damore himself seems to vet some of the content.

Pretty disgusting if this is what things are coming to.

"I was involved in the internal decisions involving James Damore's memo, and it's terrible what we did to him.

First of all, we knew about the memo a month before it went viral. HR sent it up the reporting chain when he gave it as internal feedback, but we did nothing. There wasn't anything we could do, except admit to wrongdoing and lying to our employees. We just hoped that no one else would see his document.

Unfortunately, the memo started spreading within the company. The floodgates opened and previously silent employees started talking. To quell dissent, we: told executives to write to their employees condemning the memo; manipulated our internal Memegen to bias the ratings towards anti-Damore posts (the head of Memegen is an "ally" to the diversity cause); and gave every manager talking points on what to tell their reports about the memo. In all our communications, we concentrated on how hurt employees purportedly were and diverted attention from Google's discriminatory employment practices and political hegemony, never mind the science.

We needed to make an example of Damore. Looking for some excuse to fire him, we spied on his phone and computer. We didn't find anything, although our spying probably made his devices unusably slow, preventing him from organizing support within the company. When we did fire him, our reputation and integrity took a hit, but at least other employees were now afraid to speak up.

Firing him without an NDA was a huge risk though. He was a top performer and knew too many compromising secrets, like Dragonfly, the secret censored search project in China. He had also reported several legally dubious practices in Search that still exist. Only God knows why he never leaked Dragonfly or the other issues, but I think it's because he actually cared about Google.

Our response after we fired him was equally disgraceful. We were supposed to have a Town Hall TGIF to answer employees' questions about the controversy. However, after questions started coming in that we couldn't reasonably answer, we had to cancel it. We shifted the blame onto "alt-right trolls" and have avoided talking about it openly since then.

To control the narrative, we planted stories with journalists and flexed Google's muscles where necessary. In exchange for insider access and preferential treatment, all we ask for is their loyalty. For online media, Google's ads pay their paycheck and our search brings their customers, so our influence shouldn't be underestimated.

We dealt with his NLRB case in a similar way. People are ultimately lazy, so we found a sympathetic lawyer in the NLRB and wrote the internal NLRB memo for her. No one wanted to spend the effort to oppose it, despite it being laughably weak. Then, after Damore dropped his NLRB case and filed a class action lawsuit, we had the NLRB publicly release their memo. Our PR firms sent press releases saying "the NLRB ruled the firing legal", which was, of course, manufactured bullshit.

All of our scheming was over the phone, in deleted emails, or through an external PR firm, so we can deny all of it. Now that we've forced him into arbitration, we're close to screwing him over completely."

https://www.reddit.com/r/JamesDamore/comments/adpj0h/i_helped_google_screw_over_james_damore/

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TOP 47 Comments
  • Apple / Eng Eckel
    So, damores alt reddit account agrees with damore? How shocking!
    Jan 9, 2019 0
  • HP / Eng Modulus
    They should've just been honest instead of being a lying immoral piece of political shit. Google's CEO sounded hardly competent when he testified before Congress. At least CEO's like Zuckerberg and Elon sound technically smart.
    Jan 9, 2019 9
    • HP / Eng Modulus
      Troll. I judge people by competence. Don't give a crap about anything else except that they don't have bad breath when they're close.
      Jan 9, 2019
    • Oath / Eng badassmfer
      I hate when some people smell like mayonnaise
      Jan 9, 2019
  • Microsoft / Eng Dr. 13
    This sounds utterly made up. But ok.
    Jan 9, 2019 0
  • Google Uvor31
    Lolol. Damore was never highly rated perf wise, not even remotely in the promixity to dragonfly org wise which I don't even know if it was started at that point, and so low on the totem pole that to one even cared wtf he was saying or doing until he decided to megaphone it to everyone. The notion of some secret cabal watching his every move is so laughable that it should be the story arc for the next Sillicon Valley season.
    Jan 9, 2019 2
    • Google anons2
      What were his ratings? It's pretty objective... Either they were above CME or they weren't
      Jan 10, 2019
    • his rating was above CME & dragonfly existed at least from Q1 2017 onwards
      Jan 11, 2019
  • Microsoft Senketzu
    OP
    Damore's reply:
    Jan 9, 2019 0
  • eBay / Eng
    tcyoegtfo

    eBay Eng

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    tcyoegtfomore
    Where the fuck is New York Times now? Motherfuckers.
    Jan 9, 2019 2
    • Google 1234-/:;(
      Busy reporting the shutdown
      Jan 9, 2019
    • eBay / Eng
      tcyoegtfo

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      tcyoegtfomore
      They stoop so low that they use Blind’s posts to create a story. I bet reddit is more credible than Blind. Lol
      Jan 9, 2019
  • This sounds like one of the typical alt right fake conspiracy theories with 0 verifiable facts
    Jan 9, 2019 0
  • Collective Health makeMeKing
    Liberals don’t want to admit they’ve been lead to believe a lie
    Jan 9, 2019 0
  • Apple / Eng Eckel
    I mean, the alt right would go so far as to say that Sandy Hook was a “false flag”, but an anonymous Reddit account is gospel!
    Jan 9, 2019 1
    • Dammit. I just posted the same thought. Now I have to delete my isht
      Jan 9, 2019
  • Cisco Infensus
    I support Damore but that shit sounds so fake.
    Jan 9, 2019 0

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