What I found the most destructive was how the team treated women: contrary to what Sheryl Sandberg preaches in her Lean In movement, women on the team are rarely encouraged to speak up.It would not surprise me at all if the individual running the department turns out to be a woman. Female managers in corporations almost always treat the women under them far worse than male managers do. Which, in some cases, is quite justified, as many male bosses treat their female subordinates with kid gloves.
I often found that when I reported a problem with the Trending tool or a discrepancy in the guidelines, my claims were dismissed. When a man would report the same problem, he would be congratulated for noticing the problem and actions would be taken to fix it. This silencing was devastating. I found myself speaking up less and less, until I got to a point where I no longer reported any problems or errors I encountered.
In one instance, a woman who reported a timecard approval discrepancy to her direct supervisor was told she was wrong without any investigating. The next week several contractors were missing hours from their paychecks – the attitude toward making sure we were paid on time and correctly was very careless. When another woman asked for clarification on guidelines because copy editors were giving her conflicting guidance, she was told to “stop pitting people against one another”.
Several women, including myself, reported sexism by managers and editors to their direct supervisor and in their exit interviews to no avail.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Leaning in to Facebook
These charges of sexism at Facebook are amusingly ironic: