Can You Match The Miserable Employee With The Tech Company?

Amazon employees vented this week about their sad work life. But according to Glassdoor, the misery in techdom stretches to many other big-name companies

While Amazon employees give their company a work/life balance rating of 2.7 out of 5, SpaceX and Tesla get ratings of 2.6 and 2.3, respectively. Reviewers talk about 80-hour work weeks, the absence of any upward mobility, and a pretty unsympathetic HR department. While some employees are excited to work at places they believe will change the course of history, many (on Glassdoor, anyways) wish they had never accepted their job offers.

For the most part, however, many of the negative reviews of Amazon, SpaceX and Tesla are strikingly similar. In fact, if you strip out the names, it’s hard to tell which company is being reviewed. Below are excerpts of Glassdoor reviews of some of the biggest names in the tech world. Can you tell which tech giant is being critiqued?

Click here to take the quiz and see if you can beat my score of 5 out of 8.

This weeks quiz brought back memories of my former career where at times 80-hour work weeks really were required.  Surprisingly, my previous employers all got higher rankings at Glassdoor than these tech companies:  3.4, 3.9 and 3.7.

6 thoughts on “Can You Match The Miserable Employee With The Tech Company?

  1. Pure guesswork got me just 4. There has been a lot of publicity about Amazon here too, as we have two “fulfilment centres” in Scotland. Sited, of course, in areas of high unemployment where people can’t afford choice. I have only bought one thing from Amazon in the last year and recently got an email telling me they missed me! The problem is, to boycott every company I disapprove of for some reason would leave me with nowhere to shop.


    • We are in the process of getting a fulfillment center in Minnesota. It will be located in one of the outer suburbs. I’ll admit that almost every month I get a box from Amazon with products I can’t get without driving quite a distance.


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