Recently we have started a series of articles on the best tech companies to work for in different countries. So far, we have covered the best tech employers in the U.S., the UK, Germany, and Poland. But giving so much attention to the companies that have best reputations, best employee benefits and most positive reviews, we thought maybe companies on the other end of this spectre also deserve some of your attention. After all, there are companies you want to join and there are ones you would prefer not to, right? So today we are going to talk about tech companies that are most famous for being hated by many people and having a bad reputation.
Oracle, current Java’s happy parent (Oracle acquired Java in 2010), gets quite a lot of criticism over its copyright policies and employee treatment. The biggest reputation-crashing scandal for Oracle is the copyright battle against Google, when Oracle sued Google for infringing copyright in the Java API. According to Cory Doctorow, famous tech journalist, “Oracle’s mission to copyright APIs is a terrifying example of the worst kind of tech issue: something totally boring and esoteric and simultaneously incredibly important.” Well-said.
Right now Oracle is going through its biggest round of layoffs in over ten years, which is another major factor damaging this company’s reputation. “Oracle is now a next-gen cloud company and everyone in sales who is not cloud savvy will no longer have a job,” according to the reports.
Salesforce is mostly being chastised for extremely demanding and harsh corporate culture. Here’s one anonymous employee review of the company: “Working here is like being in a cult. You are expected to dedicate your life to the cause 24-7, on weekends and vacation. People swear and shout all the time because of stress and frustration. Age discrimination abounds with seasoned professionals being passed over for promotions in favor of younger millennials.”
IBM is a company that should definitely get a spot in any list of the worst tech businesses in the world just for infamously supplying punch card technology to nazis and enthusiastically helping them to organize and facilitate the Holocaust. A lot of time passed since then, but IBM didn’t get any better. Awful treatment of employees, secretly stealing user’s private data, constant layoffs, and major strategic focus on tax evasion: IBM is a deeply toxic company that seems to be getting even worse.
The world’s largest taxi-hailing app is also not without a sin, to say least. Over its rather brief history (the company was founded in 2009) Uber has been accused in lots of things: secretly stealing personal data and breaching privacy rules, toxic corporate bro-culture, creating an extremely unfair business model where Uber treats non-employee workers like customers, and a number of other things.
“It’s hard to think of a company that has shown more disdain for governmental authority, or for the safety and welfare of its drivers, riders, and employees,” said Lindsey Barrett, a professor from Georgetown University Law Center.
And for the final one, we probably should mention Tencent and Baidu as two giants of the Chinese Internet. Baidu, as the biggest in China search engine, works basically as a censorship tool directly in line with the Communist Party of China’s policies. Tencent is the owner of WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app (has more than 1.15 billion monthly users), and it does pretty much the same thing: censoring its content and fully collaborating with the communist government of China in terms of sharing their user’s data.