The Verge – Google has fired another employee following a showing of internal activism, marking the latest in a series of controversial terminations at the search giant.
Kathryn Spiers, a security engineer at Google, told The Verge she was fired from the company last week after two years. As part of her duties at Google, Spiers was responsible for sending web browser notifications within the company. While Google employees navigated the web, relevant informational pop-ups would appear as employees viewed certain sites. Spiers, who worked on internal data security, had deployed similar notifications to discourage employees from acting irresponsibly with data, among other projects.
Spiers says she was put on administrative leave hours after releasing the message and was told on Friday that she was being fired from the company. Google management, she says, argued that she had sent the code without proper approval and had endangered company security. She says she had proper approval for sending the code, and she disputes that it introduced any security concerns.
BOOO HOOOO! Call the waaaaammmmbulance. First off, let me just start out that I hate corporate bullshit. I don’t like rules and I don’t like being told what to do, but sometimes you just have to suck it up and deal with it. Google, being a giant ass company, is going to be super corporate these days. They’re not a tech startup anymore – it’s not being run out of Sergey and Brian’s garage. It’s a publicly traded company.
Let’s keep this short and sweet. She is a security engineer. She was hired to work on an internal Chrome plugin that notified employees about security related matters based on visiting various sites. You don’t just go adding activist shit into plugins and push code company-wide because you feel like it’s the right thing to do. That’s a blatant abuse of power. There are checks and balances when you release software. Secondly, WTF does that have to do with security? Sounds more like a political message than to protect employees’ security.
Fucking generation Z people… Entitled assholes thinking rules don’t apply to them. This has nothing to do with her message. She would have been fired the same way if the message sad “I like to fart” or “You are a beautiful person.”
Judgment in favor of Google. Case dismissed.
PS – Of course Google doesn’t want activists to organize rallies against the company. Ain’t got time for those distractions. You don’t like it? Work somewhere else.