Google is still dealing with the fallout from the sexist, anti-diversity “manifesto” authored by an unidentified engineer at the company.
Now, it looks like the backlash caused by the memo is starting to hurt the company’s chances with prospective employees. People have started to take to Twitter to share responses to Google recruiters in light of the scandal.
“Im reluctant to take this conversation further,” wrote engineer James Abley, citing both the memo and the pending lawsuit against Google for pay discrimination. “These things do not give me a good impression of Googles culture.”
Another prospective recruit, Sam Stephenson, shared his response to a Google recruiter in which he criticized the company for its “disappointing” response to the memo. “It is not the response of a company that cares about fostering an inclusive work environment, and that’s a non-negotiable dealbreaker for me.
It’s disturbing that a Google VP would advocate for ‘fostering a culture’ in which employees should ‘feel safe sharing’ ignorant and hateful ideas.”
Others also criticized the company’s official response to the memo and encouraged others to do the same.
Still others expressed disappointment at turning down a potential spot at the search giant because of its reaction to the memo.
Another web developer took a different tack, penning a lengthy and highly sarcastic response to a recruiter’s inquiry. “I recently learned that employees get access to an internal anonymous messaging platform,” he wrote. “What you might not know is that in addition to being a father, husband, and software developer, I’m also a killer MC on the mic. However, I’ve had difficulty receiving constructive feedback on my rhymes because some people label my views and lyrics as ‘extreme.'”
He goes on to attach to files of his “songs” including one titles “Horse Marriage Legalize It” and closes with a telling postscript. “Would I have to work with any women on my potential teams? Just curious.”
Others on Twitter said they hadn’t had an opportunity to interact with a recruiter since the memo went viral, but that they planned to bring it up if they were contacted.
Looking forward to telling the next recruiter to call me for Google the weak response to this manifesto is why I won’t be talking to them.
Isaac Sanders (@isaacsanders) August 7, 2017
That Google’s handling of the incident is now bleeding over into its recruiting efforts calls up another embattled company that also faced recruiting challenges following allegations of sexism within the company: Uber.
Google didn’t respond to a request for comment on how its handling of the “manifesto” was affecting prospective employees, but the company previously referred Mashable to an earlier statement from Google’s VP of Diversity Danielle Brown.
Motherboard identified the document’s author as James Damore, an engineer who reportedly was still posting about the themes contained within the document on various internal discussion forums over the weekend.
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