The Google engineer that ranted on the differences between how Amazon ran the company and how Google runs itself has apparently not faced consequences for the post. In his post, he basically took on Amazon leader, Jeff Bezos equating him with a tyrant, saying that he could analyze a proposal like no other, and guess what, he's back with more. The engineer's name is Steve Yegge and his post went viral even though it was only intended for internal purposes. He thanks Google for not punishing him when that happened. He wrote in a new post, "Amazingly, nothing bad happened to me at Google. Everyone just laughed at me a lot, all the way up to the top, for having committed what must be the great-granddaddy of all Reply-All screwups in tech history."
No punishment for the truth teller
In fact, the higher ups have taken the issues he brought up to heart, but not in the negative way one would imagine they would. They're taking into account what he's written and attempting to figure out some of the issues he brought up, especially about Google's lack of a platform. Vic Gundotra, Google's VP of Social commented on the blog post saying that it was definitely a bad move on Yegge's part but it also allowed the world to look in at Google and see how they work as a team. Yegge himself said that he feels guilty about the post and that it was definitely a bad thing for him to have done. Yegge, however, promises to write more stories on Jeff Bezos's tyrannical behaviour as and when he finds the time, as he has years of experience dealing with the Amazon leader.
Published Date: Oct 22, 2011 12:27 pm | Updated Date: Oct 22, 2011 12:27 pm