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Old 02-21-2016, 12:40 AM
 
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Have to love the spin the CEO puts on his response. Deflecting by 'agreeing' that the COL in that area is too high instead of that wages for the area are too low. And pointing out that they are trying to 'help' by opening an additional operation elsewhere, as if that does anything for the employees still in that location. You have to wonder how stupid they think people are.

While sad for the ex-employee in question am glad this story is getting out.


Everyone and their mother is flocking to the tech sector with dreams of being the next dot.com billionaire. The reality often is very different and actually nothing out of the ordinary when compared to other employment sectors.


Yes, you still have founders like M. Zuckerberg, early employees and investors who hit the jackpot. But many, many tech IPOs despite initial high valuations end up crashing. That or worse the company implodes, is bought out or whatever before many employees can realize their shares.


The other sad reality is again, just as with every other employment sector you have "stars" and "grunts".


Only reason you don't hear more about the low wages and or working conditions at many tech companies is their reliance on HB-1 visa labor. Those persons from Asia, India or whatever are happy to get to the USA and work for what Americans consider peanuts. The low wages are usually better than what they would get back home (if they could find work at all), and once on US soil they can scheme and plan to find a path for immigration.


In fact the visa holders are in a worse position than this chick who got fired. If they lose their job it could mean a one way ticket back to some rat infested backwater in India.
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Old 02-21-2016, 02:54 AM
 
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Well in the end she did a good job: the news is out ! Yelp is not really taking care of their employees !
To me thats the main message: yelp is not a very nice company....
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Old 02-21-2016, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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Are people still stupid enough to complain about their job on social media? At least if you're going to do so, be discreet about it (hence why glassdoor is anonymous) and, for the love of god, don't tag the CEO of your company or complain to him directly (did she not know where the HR office was? Or that the CEOs of large companies like Yelp aren't going to waste their time responding to the individual ranting tweets of their underlings?). Many jobs now have a clause that prohibits talking about the specifics (like wages) of your job on social media. That is likely why she got fired, not because she complained but because she complained on social media and was dumb enough to keep her name attached to her whiny tweets.

Not to say her points aren't valid though, IMHO ($12/hr in SF is ridiculously, almost criminally, low, especially for such a large company)...
Pretty much sums it up. Writing a private email to the CEO would be one thing. Posting a public screed on social media is begging to be fired.
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Old 02-21-2016, 05:33 AM
 
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She sent rude tweets directly to the CEO. That's the equivalent of walking uninvited into his office and screaming at him.


Can someone explain to me why she couldn't just find a job that paid the salary she wants? Obviously that job didn't meet her needs. Every job is not for everybody.
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Old 02-21-2016, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Well Yelp gave her the opportunity to go find a better paying job.
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Old 02-21-2016, 05:43 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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She made some valid points. Yelp has a tiered system. Certain full time employees get free food and snacks all day. The customer service reps were scolded for eating the free food. They have ridiculously low wages for our region (along with many other jobs).
I won't restate what's already been posted here about why it's obviously not a good idea to call out and bad mouth your employer on social media, but if the tiered food policy is truly happening ("Hey everybody, free brownies and smoothies downstairs (but not for you lowly customer service reps.)"), that's a bad management decision that's penny thrifty but pound foolish in the outcome for morale.

Not that free snacks will completely turn around issues that may exist between management and the employees, but it seems like having such a blatant "haves and have nots" policy is squandering a good opportunity to build up some goodwill by allowing everyone (the "professional" level employees and the entry level customer service reps.) to break bread at the table together.

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Old 02-21-2016, 05:56 AM
 
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Thanks for posting the link. I forced myself to read the whole thing, plus a few of the talkbacks.

Medium is a young person's blog and tends toward self-centered, narcissistic postings by Bay Area twenty-somethings with not much life experience and an over inflated sense of self-importance. Once in a while, someone writes something interesting, but usually it's me, me, me. This kid's sadly typical.

Takeaways: she should get a roommate, or stay with her dad. Find a part time job to supplement her income, preferably at a restaurant or grocery store where she can get free food. Disconnect home internet, and maybe offer a neighbor $5 a month to use their wifi, if she has to be connected. Dump T-Mobile plan and get a $10 prepaid phone. Get a bike and take the public transportation. Keep looking for a better job in a more affordable area.

And don't use your real name if you're going to write a screed about how horrible your job is. Now you're famous. Good luck finding the next job.
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Old 02-21-2016, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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If your job is horrible with low pay then go look for another job rather than stay where you are.
I don't understand why people stay where they are and complain expecting the company to change.
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Old 02-21-2016, 06:09 AM
 
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If your job is horrible with low pay then go look for another job rather than stay where you are.
I don't understand why people stay where they are and complain expecting the company to change.
Because they were raised to believe they can get whatever they want by complaining loudly.
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Old 02-21-2016, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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She was obviously going to leave the job anyway, and decided to raise awareness about something she felt strongly about. Good for her.
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