A sobbering post in which Emi learns a harsh lesson—companies don’t care about you.
While Google does a lot to make the place fun and feel like family with meals and activities, they only care about you to the extent that you make them money and not rock the boat. Also, HR is also not for you buy for the organization to cover their asses.
She had a rough childhood which fueled this facade of family even further so I can see how painful it was for all the people to work with suddenly change. Then again, families in real life also provide such a facade.
Given the decline of the third place, people these days are expecting a lot out of their jobs. Beyond good working conditions, they expect the company to stand for something and for meaningful relationships with colleagues. I kinda get it since people spend most of their lives working (which they shouldn’t be) and it’s not unreasonable to expect that it’s somewhat enjoyable. At the same time, it seems like a lot. Honestly, the most important relationship you form at work is with a union of your peers. Bargain some solid rights!
The one thing that caught me though was how she decided not to believe this anymore when she
took a role at a firm to which [she] felt no emotional attatchement.
When people ask me how I feel about my new position, I shrug: It’s a job.
…at Facebook, sigh.