Daisuke Wakabayashi and Kate Conger
At Google’s weekly staff meeting, the top question of asking Larry Page, a founder and Sundar Pichai, CEO, was the one about sexual harassment.
“Several business actions strongly suggest that the protection of powerful addicts is literally and figuratively more valuable to the company than their victim’s well-being,” read the question shown at the meeting by people who participated. “What concrete and meaningful measures will be taken to do this?”
The question was part of a fatigue from Google employees following an article published on Tuesday The New York Times who reported how the company had paid millions of dollars in the severance package for male executives accused of misconduct and stopped silent about their violations. As for Andy Rubin, creator of Android mobile software, the company gave him an exit package of $ US90 million even after Google had concluded that a misunderstanding claim against him was credible.
While technology workers, bosses and others beat Google for the revelations, nowhere did the Internet giant’s actions condemn more daring than among their own employees.
The employee’s rebel spelled out Thursday and Friday in corporate meetings and on internal message cards and social networks, as well as on Twitter. Jaana Dogan, working in Google Cloud, the company’s cloud computing business, tweeted, “If you’re worth millions of dollars, you should be able to show the door to authoritarian governments and serials. If not, then when?”
Another Google employee, Sanette Tanaka Sloan, also wrote on Twitter that the way Google had handled Rubin’s failure requirements was “crushed.” She added: “We can do so much better.”
On Memegen, an internal Google message card was popular among the employees for its humor, one of the best entries Thursday with a GIF of an overjoyed game show contestants showered with confetti. Under the picture, the text was “caught sexually harassing employee,” said an employee who saw the post, asking for not being identified because she was not authorized to speak in public.
Google’s workforce often takes on internal message platforms to protest management decisions. Employees have opposed the company’s decision to work with the Pentagon on artificial intelligence technology and to create a censored search engine for China. (Google has since released its AI effort with the Pentagon and has not introduced a censored search engine for China.)
On Thursday and Friday, some Google employees said they were afraid of how certain executives accused of harassment were paid millions of dollars, just as the company was dependent on trials from former employees and the labor department who claimed the underpaid women. Google has previously said that there had been “no significant difference” in the salary between men and women in the company.
Other employees said they were trying to calculate how many hours of work they would have gone to generate $ US90 Million Rubin received in their starting package. Rubin has denied any misunderstanding and said that the report of his compensation was a “wild exaggeration”.
Some Google employees said they had more questions after Pichai and Eileen Naughton, vice president of public operations, wrote in an email on Thursday that the company had dismissed 48 people, including 1
3 senior executives, for sexual harassment in the last two years and none of them got an exit package.
Some workers said they wanted more information about how many allegations were being investigated and how many were credible before the 48 people were interrupted, while others questioned the campaign and employment system, which allowed 13 people to be executives who were harassed in the first place.
The bucket stays there
Liz Fong-Jones, a Google engineer for more than a decade and an activist at workplace problems, said in a tweet that judgments of misunderstandings can be argued that they can “afford” that a person Chief knows that they can afford to lose that person. As for Rubin and others she said, who put the side in the headlight.
“The ruler must have been Larry Page,” wrote Fong-Jones. “Bucken will stay there.”
At Google’s meeting Thursday, hours after the alphabet, Google’s parent, reported a quarter in the blockbuster earnings, Page Employees talked with Pichai and Naughton. It was unclear how they responded to the issue from employees, but the bosses made a reconciliation tone, according to The Times comments.
During the meeting, Page and Pichai did not comment on specific misconduct. Pichai noted Google has made some important changes in how it tackles harassment, according to the comments.
“We want to get better and we want to come to a place where it really reflects our values of respect, especially respect for each other,” said Pichai.
The page said employees were harassed by Google, then the company was not “the company we strive to be”.
He also offered excuse.
“I’ve had to make many decisions that affect people every day, some of them are not simple. And you know, I think I’m sure it’s useful for thought, I would have done differently,” said Page. I know this really is an extremely painful story for some of you, and I’m really sorry for that. “