Is HR that bad?

Undisclosed pinebanana
Feb 24, 2018 47 Comments

I see here conflicting comments about HR. A lot of ppl say HR is not on your side, but also saying if there is anything record and report to HR.

I can understand general consensus of “HR is not your friend” but when it comes to sexism at work place, sexual harassment, is it that bad? Anyone ever have experienced or witnessed?

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  • New lbzv67
    In my experience, HR is an absolute last resort. I reported my boss for harassment and basically began packing up my things because I knew it was just a matter of time before they got rid of me. Two months+1 day later, I was being escorted out with no official reason given.
    Feb 24, 2018 13
    • New lbzv67
      I feel I deserve some sort of justice, too, but I don't see it happening. The company has a pretty passionate fanbase and anything against them wouldn't make any difference anyway (and it hasn't as they were publicly called out a few years back for poor working conditions).
      Feb 24, 2018
    • New zgBx36
      If it isnt sexual or racial they can do anything if it is a right to work state
      Feb 24, 2018
  • Undisclosed Jvgdml
    HR is hired to protect the company. Since this is the case many people fear retaliation for going to HR for issues such as sexual harassment. And for good reason. There are thousands of reports made to the EEOC each year of retaliation for reporting harassment to HR.
    Feb 24, 2018 1
    • Undisclosed dries
      So what does usually happen when you report to EEOC?
      Feb 24, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng Dr.13
    Read a book called corporate confidential: 50 corporate secrets...

    Sounds cheesy, but a useful read. Written by some former HR executive
    Feb 24, 2018 1
    • Undisclosed / Eng
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      Yes.. in that book the author recommends handling sexual harrassment privately by switching teams if you want your career because hr will never be on your side.
      Feb 25, 2018
  • Undisclosed 89g57x
    I’m an HR person and this kind of post makes me nuts. I spend all day telling managers how to better support the people who work for them, I’ve championed firing a guy because even though he wasn’t actually illegally harassing somebody, his behavior was incredibly creepy to several women. I often convince managers NOT to fire people because the manager has done a bad job of setting expectations of the job with the person.

    Nobody sees the inside of what HR peoples jobs (because much of it takes place outside the public eye) so very few people actually know.

    And as somebody who spends much of my day working on behalf of the employees, because that’s often what’s best for the company, this argument is frustrating for me. Yes there are bad ones and yes, that guy who I fired for being a creep probably thinks I suck and is on Blind writing posts about how terrible HR people are.
    Aug 25, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng vqXq75
    I’m 25 years into my career. I’ve spent half of it as a contractor, where HR is not even available to me. But as an employee, I see HR like an unskilled subdivision of the legal department. They are there to protect the company and not the employees. Much like the corporate attorneys only handle company business, they’re not taking on your cases. HR can be shockingly indifferent to things that seem important to morale and productivity. My sister worked in the office of a hospital in rural Missouri, and was treated like garbage by the nobody she reported to (who was no more skilled than her). I told her to go to HR. My sister was let go within a month. Interestingly it was the office of the behavioral health division: my poor sister got kicked out of an easy job because she had to be trained by a crazy bitch who had been there longer. At the last hedge fund I was at in NYC, the HR director there was downright mean. I was shocked that she was in that position, but she’ll probably get to stay there as long as she wants. Those two things sank my faith in HR. Sorry for you good folks in HR, but I’m going to avoid you until I’m at my exit interview (whether I planned it or not).
    Feb 24, 2018 2
    • New lbzv67
      My former HR rep flat out told me in conversation that people at the company were "overworked," then quickly chuckled and backpedaled. She was well aware of the problems with the place and didn't care. Not unexpected.
      Feb 24, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng vqXq75
      I’m old enough to have seen the birth of political correctness. The term HR did NOT exist until the late 80s. It was always called “personnel”. Looking back at it “Human Resources” was simply part of the PC movement to make unpleasant things seem sweeter. Bastards!
      Feb 24, 2018
  • Postmates / Design Jndnms
    I would be very careful going to HR especially if you work in a brotopia type company. If you do go, make HR understand you have proof and they have to support you.
    Feb 24, 2018 0
  • Deloitte / Other ParPaper
    To clear up your question... people tell you not to trust HR on one hand, and then to document everything and report to HR on the other. This is because legally, you need to utilize the internal reporting process to give the company a chance to correct the problem. You basically can’t say they failed to respond to harassment if you didn’t tell them about it. This is pretty clear under EEOC guidance.
    Feb 24, 2018 0
  • Undisclosed cltdgkp
    I think yes. You will be retaliated and labeled. So far I haven’t had a good experience with this.
    Feb 24, 2018 0
  • Deloitte / Other ParPaper
    I reported sexual assault to HR. They were very nice to me, and acted like they were on my side. In the end, they protected the company. Whether because HR has no real power and their bosses made the actual decisions, or because they know implicitly their job is to protect the people who pay their salaries, I don’t know.
    Feb 24, 2018 2
    • Undisclosed wrRb31
      Did you have a documented proof? Per your comment below, just curious that helped....
      Feb 24, 2018
    • Deloitte / Other ParPaper
      No, he made sure there were no cameras or people watching. So, no proof.
      Feb 24, 2018
  • Cruise Automation 2021294121
    I've gone to HR and actually had them be really helpful to me when I was being harassed by my boss. It's true they're there to protect the company, but if the company is getting sued for not protecting its employees from sexual harassment they're not doing a very good job. I think it depends on the company, but I would ask around at yours and find out if anyone else has dealt with them and if they've been helpful/harmful.
    Mar 6, 2018 0

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