Why I Am Leaving Company X

In the last 24 hours there has been a firestorm created around a NY Times Op-Ed titled “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs.”

The article itself is a great read, but so are all the other reactions.

There are two reasons this is really interesting. The first is that the original article spawned a series of parody articles. In the past 24 hours this has hit full on meme status. But I can’t help but wonder if this is seriously taking away from the original article. It’s almost trivializing the original article’s substance, but at the same time it is getting people talking about it more.

The other interesting aspect is the article itself. It’s not a good sign when any former employee publicly rips on every aspect of a company’s culture and business. It’s even worse when that person is a really high level employee. I was surprised that Goldman Sach’s response was so soft. I was also surprised it didn’t attempt to resort to ad hominem attacks. They basically just reassert how great they are and how much money they pay their employees.

Interesting stuff to think about and worth reading more into as this continues to unfold.