"While many of the big tech companies have been hit by a change in public perception, Facebook seems uniquely tarred among young workers.

They’re not as enthusiastic about Facebook because they’re frustrated with what they see happening politically or socially. It’s privacy and political news, and concern that it’s going to be hard to correct these things from inside.

Defense companies have had this reputation for a long time. Social networks are just getting that."



@doina “Last year, when I spoke to Eric Schmidt … he told me … ‘If we become too evil, we won’t find people to work for us.’ I thought it was naïve … heck, Monsanto and Halliburton find people to work for them, right? Right! But not the best people.

Here’s my prediction:

There will come a time when you’ll be able to work at Google and enjoy your fat pay check or you will be able to proudly tell people where you work. Not both.” (2014)


@aral @doina Tangential, but even back in 2009, near the end of my time at Google, Googlers were often shy about telling people where they worked.

At the time it was mostly because people would be curious and start excitedly asking questions that we couldn't really answer "because NDA." It was easier to just avoid the topic.

It's part of why I left, I hated the secrecy. I want to be able to talk about my work and share knowledge.

I imagine it's even worse now that public opinion has shifted.

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