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This isn't exactly relevant, but as you haven't any real responses this will just have to suffice. I thought it was pretty neat considering the parties involved....


/u/dehrmann did an AMA titled "I am a former reddit employee. AMA."

Inside he said he was a former Reddit employee who had been laid off, and when asked why he responded with...

What was the reason?

Officially: no reason. And I get this; I vaguely know how CA employment law works and that you limit your liability by not stating a reason. It's also really hard to work through in your mind.

The best theory I have is that, two weeks earlier, I raised concerns about donating 10% of ad revenue to charity. Some management likes getting feedback, some doesn't.

The reason I had concerns was that this was revenue, not income. That means you need ~10% margins to break even. This can be hard to do; Yahoo and Twitter don't. Salesforce does something similar, but it's more all-around, and in a way that promotes the product without risking the company's financials.

His response got him several thousand upvotes, a couple gildings- when the worst happened for him...

/u/yishan - The Reddit CEO responded refuting his claims with...

Ok, there's been quite a bit of FUD in here, so I think it's time to clear things up.

You were fired for the following reasons:

Incompetence and not getting much work done. Inappropriate or irrelevant comments/questions when interviewing candidates Making incorrect comments in public about reddit's systems that you had very little knowledge of, even after having these errors pointed out by your peers and manager. Not taking feedback from your manager or other engineers about any of these when given to you, continuing to do #2 until we removed you from interviewing, and never improving at #1.

Criticizing any decision about this program (link provided for people who aren't familiar with the program and its reasons) had nothing to do with it. Feedback and criticism, even troublemaking, are things that we actively tolerate (encourage, even) - but above all you need to get your work done, and you did not even come close to doing that.

Lastly, you seem to be under the impression that the non-disparagement we asked you to sign was some sort of "violation of free speech" attempt to muzzle you. Rather, the situation is thus:

When an employee is dismissed from employment at a company, the policy of almost every company (including reddit) is not to comment, either publicly or internally. This is because companies have no desire to ruin someone's future employment prospects by broadcasting to the world that they were fired. In return, the polite expectation is that the employee will not go shooting their mouth off about the company especially (as in your case) through irresponsibly unfounded speculation. Signing a non-disparagement indicates that you have no intention to do this, so the company can then say "Ok, if anyone comes asking for a reference on this guy, we needn't say he was fired, just give a mildly positive reference." Even if you don't sign the non-disparagement, the company will give you the benefit of the doubt and not disparage you or make any negative statements first. Unfortunately, you have just forfeited this arrangement.

It was just epic. The ultimate smack down straight from the Reddit CEO himself.

Here's a link to from the series of comments I pulled this from in his AMA.

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