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What Employees Say
I worked at Twitch full-time for more than 3 years
There are some genuinely smart and and honest people that work at Twitch that do their best to work around the nonsense created by overwhelming management incompetence coupled with... controlling/micromanagement.
At Twitch leadership at is nothing more than cronyism. Its like watching the self abuse of the Republican Party - stroke the ego of your leader and you will do ok. Disagree with the Grand Emperor... and get blacklisted and labeled a "untrustworthy." It is at that point that management begins to make it as uncomfortable as possible for the individual so there's no real choice but to leave (if you don't already want to). Individuals that get promoted are the ones with their lips firmly planted on the managers backside or have a bobble-head. "Values" have been weaponized for daily use to justify bad behavior by managers. Twitch Managers should actually read and attempt to invest in the values that get recited at every meeting like cult prayer. Maybe if managers lead through example the staff might not need to be "programed" through repetition. Positional authority is the only measure of how correct someone's opinion is within Twitch (regardless of the information provided). Leaders fly off the handle with "hunches" or "educated guesses" and then seek opinions that support their view (sound like a President you know?) Confirmation bias over real information is the order of the day at Twitch and if you are not on their wavelength you will not be on the team. Sad really.... but unfortunately is part of the game with "engineer thinking." Meaning, "I am smart about software so I therefore know everything." Grow up.
Advice to Management
Take note AMAZON HR Twitch regularly engages in what is referred to as "constructive dismissal." You should look into it - specifically surrounding your leaders no longer residing in California.... Understand that the "Values" being trotted out to the masses are ONLY FOR THE MASSES... management at Twitch should take an ethics class to understand why this is not ok. Managers should the opportunity to actually live the values they shove out - if smells of "this if for them".... we do our own thing. Culture and values are not weapons to hold over people.... they should be used as guidance. Using positional authority to silence and undermine individuals that have a differing opinion is juvenile, sad, and I hope something that devalue your company. Specifically doing this to shame individuals in public meetings with peers is not acceptable. So my advice to management.... grow up. I know I will do my best to prevent anyone within earshot of joining this company. Looking forward to Amazon busting them up.