Morgan Knutson on Twitter:
Now that Google+ has been shuttered, I should air my dirty laundry
on how awful the project and exec team was.
I’m still pissed about the bait and switch they pulled by telling
me I’d be working on Chrome, then putting me on this god forsaken
piece of shit on day one.
Air some dirty laundry indeed. This whole thread is kind of nuts — you just don’t see former employees expose dysfunctional workplaces like this very often. Here’s a real eye-opener — teams across Google were effectively bribed to integrate Google Plus, regardless if such integration made sense for their products:
If your team, say on Gmail or Android, was to integrate Google+’s
features then your team would be awarded a 1.5-3x multiplier on
top of your yearly bonus. Your bonus was already something like
15% of your salary.
You read that correctly. A fuck ton of money to ruin the product
you were building with bloated garbage that no one wanted. No one
really liked this. People drank the kool-aid though, but mostly
because it was green and made of paper.
★ Monday, 15 October 2018