Wary Employers, Stigma Have Some Tech Workers Keeping Low Profile
J Thoendell stashed this in Tech
I asked to interview employees, particularly programmers. I said I wanted to hear their individual stories — where they come from and why they got into tech. I also wanted to talk about issues like gentrification, the shuttle buses and the label of “tech worker.”
I reached out to 12 companies: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Dropbox, Uber, eBay, Square, Yahoo, Oracle, Cisco and Adobe. All but one declined or did not respond.
One company pressured an employee to recant an interview we had already done. The PR team told me that story could be “weaponized” against the company, which was “under a microscope.”
Tech workers as a group are a fairly introverted bunch anyway, so it's entirely possible they just don't want to talk with anybody.