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Life in the Tech Jungle: Salvo Talks with a "Missionary" in the Thick of It

On August 15, 2015, the New York Times ran a front-page expose on the internal work culture at—the giant internet company that sells everything from books to clothes to movies to just about anything else you could buy. Titled "Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace," the article depicted a dog-eat-dog world where "workers are encouraged to tear apart one another's ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are 'unreasonably high.'" One former employee was quoted stating, "You walk out of a conference...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #36, Spring 2016 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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