May 1st was my last day as a VP and Distinguished Engineer at
Amazon Web Services, after five years and five months of
rewarding fun. I quit in dismay at Amazon firing whistleblowers
who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of
Management could have objected to the event, or demanded that
outsiders be excluded, or that leadership be represented, or any
number of other things; there was plenty of time. Instead, they
just fired the activists.
At that point I snapped. VPs shouldn’t go publicly rogue, so I
escalated through the proper channels and by the book. I’m not at
liberty to disclose those discussions, but I made many of the
arguments appearing in this essay. I think I made them to the
That done, remaining an Amazon VP would have meant, in effect,
signing off on actions I despised. So I resigned.
Bracing, cogent read. Hats off to Bray.