International Women’s Day - let’s call out the fakers

Mar 7, 2018 123 Comments

I’ll start. Hootsuite. I have kept quiet for a long time about my very negative experience working for Hootsuite but having recently seen someone else go very public about her own experiences of discrimination and then after having been let go finding her face used on their website to promote diversity AS WELL AS seeing the company’s recent jump on the bandwagon efforts to pretend they’re supportive of women, families, minorities, diversity for International Women’s Day (when they also ripped off an artist’s illustration without her prior permission), I’m speaking up. At least here, for now. Working there was the most negative experience of my working career. It was a toxic, misogynistic, sexist, racist, hom*phobic bro-culture. It comes from the top and they’re trying to promote a different culture now that does not exist in there. They have a secret party room / bar in the basement car park in their HQ, they still promote a toxic masculinity / party, drinking culture and anyone that’s professional and that doesn’t row in gets excluded and won’t get any promotion / career path. The stories of discrimination are starting to come out now that more and more employees are being ‘quietly exited’, and leaving. I suffered sexual discrimination and was made feel uncomfortable on numerous occasions. The sexual assault stories will start to come out soon. #metoo
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TOP 123 Comments
  • Autodesk inmyeyes
    I found the employees and environment at Hootsuite to be great. I checked the hashtag #cancelhootsuite and it looks like just one prior employee who was let go is posting rather aggressively.
    Mar 7, 2018 15
    • LinkedIn qj818
      Lolll op sounds like a fool
      Mar 15, 2018
    • Undisclosed xwuR43
      Op! Ignore the people who are being insensitive to your experience here. Completely understand your frustrations towards the ignorant response, questioning the validity of your claim, just because that person did not experience the same.

      I agree response from Autodesk is infuriating and belittling. Ignore it

      For all you know it is the company HR hoping to discredit you and the Instagram thread by belittling your claim and intimidating you to go public

      t response warrants no
      Mar 21, 2018
  • New / Eng RhpJ71
    More power to the likes of you who stand up to injustice.
    Mar 7, 2018 3
    • Uber Pir4te
      So since someone waited to stand up you’re going to discredit them for doing so? Wtf?
      Mar 9, 2018
    • New


      @Halfloat have you ever been a victim of sexual harassment or discrimination? Sometimes it's tough to speak out for a variety of reasons.

      And shaming ppl for speaking out, even if it's after a long time, is fucking backwards.

      Celebrate ppl who are finally speaking up. It'll encourage others and keep this positive trend going
      Mar 14, 2018
  • Salesforce / Eng Bananarama
    OP, your obvious attempts to weaponize race and gender are shockingly regressive and bigoted. You should be ashamed of yourself.
    Mar 7, 2018 7
    • Microsoft / Sales FY18?
      @GtfV12 you may wish what you say to be true but replace everything that you just said with a male accusing a female and I am positive you have a different attitude. I am sure we all want to make sure that people that claim injustice have actually had an injustice perpetrated upon them rather than just believing it outright.
      Mar 8, 2018
    • Undisclosed / Eng
      ^ personally I don't see any problem with replacing all instances of "women" with "men". Harassment is definitely an issue no matter who it occurs to.
      Mar 15, 2018
  • OP
    You reminded me - anyone that wants a look into the truth at this place. Just search ‘100 eat d*ck’ and Hootsuite - how the CEO acts/thinks and this was his response to a reporter publicly on social media. Yes, the irony of promoting his company and himself as thought leaders. The truth comes out in the end. Ultimately karma will tell if the company fails, which if you search other posts here many are saying they are, running out of money, haven’t IPO’d and can’t get acquired and so on. A few of those toxic individuals are already millionaires so they’ll be laughing to the back / wont care about the hundred of people out of jobs in Vancouver but there are other ways other than money that things catch up with people. Look at Weinstein
    Mar 7, 2018 9
    • Undisclosed qTXq04
      Response by the CEO sounds immature and of someone with a huge ego
      Mar 10, 2018
    • Undisclosed / Eng
      It can be funny but it's still unprofessional. Save the joke for your friends, not as the public face of the company.
      Mar 15, 2018
  • Autodesk inmyeyes
    When you’re the only one trending a hashtag attempting to deface a company that has a pretty good track record and community behind what they do, you can’t get angry when someone asks questions. I don’t mean to devalue your opinion, I’m attempting to understand and share my own. I understand you feel crossed because they let you go, but corporate bullshit like that happens everywhere. Even if you’re struggling with depression, the suits behind the numbers don’t care. They look out for what’s best for revenue. And that’s true in any competitive business environment.
    Mar 7, 2018 5
    • Undisclosed / Other

      Undisclosed Other

      I > U
      I question the veracity of her comments. Someone once said; “When you think the whole world has something wrong with it, maybe it’s not the whole world that has the problem.” If this was actually an Uber more people would be coming out.
      Mar 9, 2018
    • This is not corporate bullshit. Are you going to support Women only when your own family members get sexually harassed? Honestly, people on blind disgust me on so many levels.
      Mar 10, 2018
  • Prosper / Eng jspaladin
    Asian here, not liking your tone about Asians, so you don't have my support. Just saying.
    Mar 7, 2018 6
    • Tableau JB4738
      “Referred to” is quite different to “mentioned”, and it’s stupid to pretend that being called privileged is the same as being harassed or discriminated against. If you want to argue that men are just as heavily harassed as women or whatever you're trying to say, bring some data, don't just start crying about someone being mean to you by having said it.
      Mar 8, 2018
    • Undisclosed / Eng
      I'm also Asian and see no issue with it. I'm well aware that being Asian grants me a huge advantage in some situations (my last company was slightly majority Asian).
      Mar 15, 2018
  • OP
    Ok, I am not the person you named. And I think that’s against the point of Blind? Perhaps check yourself before being banned here by trying to ‘out’ / name someone.

    Please read my post properly. I left the company of my own accord. I suffered in different ways to what you’re assuming (again, read the post properly). I have kept very quiet and amn’t affiliated with the person you named - I have never spoken to her. Also, I didn’t get angry. I asked some questions back (which unlike me you conveniently chose to ignore). Yes, the corporate world can be a jungle and tough out there but please stop discrediting my and many others particularly bad experiences T this particular company. Perhaps you fully vested your shares or you’re friends with some of the OG’s or you are one, so naturally you have a conflict of interest. So try look at things from other’s perspectives. Good luck to you in your career and glad to see you got out to go to a good company (I believe).
    Mar 7, 2018 4
    • OP
      Perhaps educate yourself on the purpose and policy of this app. Good luck!
      Mar 7, 2018
    • Flagged by the community.

  • HERE / Other tagir1987
    Go and file the lawsuit, don't just fuck in an anonymous social network. That's retarded practice and you won't achieve anything. *Dark middle eastern immigrants here, haven't seen ANY privilege for others in my life, including myself. Work hard, be true, earn experience and go up the ladder. That's the only way of doing anything in this live. Even in my retarded dictatorship country.
    Mar 7, 2018 7
    • Amazon / Mgmt TheSpheres
      Attention. And validation. Which you never get enough of. Even at hootsuite.
      Mar 7, 2018
    • Tableau JB4738
      If you’ve never seen privilege then the likeliest explanation is that you’ve misunderstood the entire concept.
      Mar 8, 2018
  • Hootsuite vtMM62
    As a woman I believe it’s bad form to approach the subject by radically dismissing the opinion of people you think are “privileged”. Just because someone is white (or Asian, in this case) doesn’t automatically mean they’re privileged. Doesn’t matter what the internet SJWs have been telling you. Ignoring their experiences and opinions is bad form and goes contrary to what you’re trying to accomplish in general.
    Also, obviously someone “different” than you doesn’t have the same experiences as you, and sometimes they might need your help to understand (surprise, this also happens with people that “look like” you), it doesn’t mean they’re incapable of empathy.
    If you try to get our point across by dismissing other groups, no one wins.
    With all that said, I still believe in you.
    Mar 7, 2018 4
    • OP
      Thanks for believing me but perhaps let’s not get caught in a reply to someone else’s comment and focus on the content of the original post. I’m not ignoring other’s experiences but I am countering those that are trying to take over this thread and disagree with mine (all HS good employees; no doubt there’s an internal campaign going to improve the reputation and fake reviews being listed now on Glassdoor etc.) When you finally leave that place, I hope you all see the light. You can have a career in tech AND feel good as a human. Peace!
      Mar 7, 2018
    • Coursera Lmnop12345
      @yyu I’m not from the US 😂
      Mar 7, 2018
  • Autodesk / Eng M__M
    Autodesk is pretty terrible. The women are talking about how they’re mistreated and underpaid. It’s a company full of middle age white and Asian men so it’s to be expected.
    Mar 7, 2018 5
    • Autodesk Autotroph
      Confirming that Adsk is pretty bad. I’ve been with the company for over 8 years and have only survived by keeping my head down and overachieving but not drawing attention to myself or being myself.

      Pretty much all the senior women that have gone though leadership development courses with me have been laid off. These were really high performers and we got rid of them or they left. It seems that the company actively manages out top women unless they conform. Many senior leaders model horrible behavior for their staff.
      Mar 8, 2018
    • Intel / Media Becky Poop
      They are now holding "women in tech" events at their HQ in downtown Portland. Is it a ruse?
      Jan 22, 2019


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