I fell out with my manager at FANG and she got back at me with the lowest rating possible for the year-end review. I chose to get my concerns across to HR about how this was unfair and challenged them to validate her critical feedback with peer engs. Didn't happen.
Instead what followed was, I was investigated for violation of company rules such as putting company laptop to personal use, violating social media policy, holding on to company documents for more time than company's policy permits... among a lot of such trivial other things (I was astonished at the intelligence they had built up, I guess, by using responses to internal surveys, predicting probability to have done something via browsing patterns, keeping tabs on laptop disk usage etc).
Once they had built "a case" they would go on to engage legal and terminate my employment with what I presume now qualifies as "just cause" and avoid having to pay any severance.
Has worked wonders for them, this tactic. I have since heared that a few other employees have been handled in a similar manner and that I was not the only one.
HR is not your friend. HRs duty is to the company. If what you need and what the company needs are on the same page, sure, HR is on your side, but if not, they will do whatever it is that benefits and protects the company.
If there are problems between employees and managers, HR should try to mitigate along company policy, where typically the first step would be to get the facts on the table.
Potentially this is lived more strongly in Europe, where employees have pretty powerful means after a dismissal to receive severance in case of any wrongdoing of the company
 and yes, it should be first to yourself but that’s the same for HR
On the plus side they took no interest in hiring.
In other words, entirely useless and just a derailment of the thread.
You can get rid of anyone if you make enough illegal.
That said, I don't think it's quite so bad in the US.
And a Twitter account that highlights mostly ridiculous laws...
HR is not your friend, never engage unless you have air cover from an exec with juice.
Seems inhuman to have such strict rules which only serve as a way for the company to kick people out when they moment is opportune.
Why? Just don't do it. If its not work related, stop. If you need to kill some time to stay sane, get up and take a walk to do whatever on your device. I've worked at places where the computer that I used was connected to the production network. It was not connected to the internet at all which meant no email. To get to email, we had to log into a remote system to view email. Attachments could be saved to a folder that put it up for review of relevance and virus/malware/etc. If it wasn't approved, it was silently deleted with no notification.
At another location, we blocked FB at the firewall for the day, and the employees about lost their mind. It was very telling about how much time was wasted throughout the day. It was also surprising the number of people that complained like it was their right to use the company's resources to update their friends.
Depends on a type of work that one does, for many office jobs today more hours spent working doesn't always translate into more work done. I personally find that taking frequent short breaks surfing web, reading news, checking FB and YT, etc. helps me keep focused and way more productive.
I see where you’re coming from. I personally don’t use work computers for anything other than work related matters. However, I also know that this is not typically how work computers are used. Some people watch Netflix or Youtube clips during lunch. While I’m aware that there are secured environments where certain services are blocked due to security requirements (as they should be), many people work in environments where streaming Youtube or Netflix is not a security concern.
To get back on point, I think the issue of browsing while at work is one having to do with being reasonable: if employees choose to browse while at work then they should do so in a way which is reasonable to others. Looking at the odd Youtube clip here and there after someone brought it up in conversation is reasonable (assuming the content is Sfw, but that’s a whole other discussion). I listen to music while programming, using Apple music and Spotify. I know other people who use the Youtube streaming service.
This is not a tip about Tesla watching what its employees are doing on its own equipment and data networks.
I'm curious about details on this. Modern phones (well, iPhones at least) are pretty hard to break into.
I wonder if it was something like having them install a root certificate to use the company wifi, then using that root cert to spy on other traffic traversing the network (such as leaks to reporters)
It also mentions Tesla installed "specialized router equipment within its Nevada Gigafactory designed to capture employee cell phone communications and/or retrieve employee cell phone data."
Sounds like some sort of man in the middle attack? I didn't catch any similar references in the Uber document but its heavily redacted and the entirety of my knowledge in this area comes from Dinesh's criminal girlfriend so it's very possible I missed it.
I might be not using the right term but sounds like a... stingray? (Well, some sort of cell site simulator)
I suspect millions of affairs have been discovered using that elaborate hacking technique. The same thing can be done at work.
Looking over the shoulder is another low tech but quite effective option.
Then come annual review time, your boss can be impressed by your dedication.
This is off the top of my head, and does have the obvious flaws of being obviously automated from the sending machined perspective, and emails might not be a sign of work in your particular job. It probably has unobvious flaws as well, so isn't career advice.
So, no, please don't do this.
Has anyone ever gotten prosecuted for brown nosing by shifting email times?
It’s probably not the only factor, but I would be surprised if it is not at least a factor.
Don't miss "incentivizing employees to take out loans and spend PTO on new Teslas just before docking their pay": https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19361710
By the way, I am not saying there are not important criticisms of Musk and Tesla, it's that you need to balance it with all the things that are praiseworthy, and lately that just hasn't been happening. It seems like the more Tesla succeeds, the harder the media try to prove he is either a con man or a complete idiot.
elon's hubris makes him and his actions with his companies pretty great entertainment but his treatment of employees and his followers treatment of those not drinking his kool aid is scary. his/teslas brand is interesting
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If a company is playing fast and loose with regulations or laws, or, more generally, peoples sanity by pushing it's employees to work a million hours a day, because it stands to gain financially from doing so.
It seems only fair whistleblowers be likewise financially incentivised.
In some ways we could consider it analogous to a Bug Bounty program.