Ayn Rand was a soulless harpy from hell. I find it funny that some of the most religious politicians love her. She was an ATHEIST. I am pretty much an atheist myself but that doesn't mean you have to be douche bag. Ayn Rand is all about me first and damn everybody else or anybody who gets in my way. Maybe that's how the world is becoming but that doesn't make it right.
Anyway I take the NY Times article with a grain of salt. Amazon employs thousands of people and "over a 100" were interviewed. That's not enough info for me to damn the whole company.
Some of the accusations made are valid if they are true. People with illness or people having to help others in the family for one reason or another being forced out. How can anyone justify that?
Putting in place a system to rat out fellow workers. That sounds like something Hitler would approve of or Ayn Rand for that matter. Tell me how that is right or a good practice?
Providing a safe work place should be a given. Amazon is not a hole in the wall repair shop in Oklahoma. There's no justifying people having to work in a warehouse that is over a 100 degrees inside. Rather than being a good thing, having ambulances in the parking lot is pathetic. There is no excuse for that.
From the 70's to the early 2000's I worked for a newspaper that was so busy that a lot of folks there couldn't hack it. In order to be successful you had to to put in the hours and produce. I become a manager for 20 of those years. It was tough. I'd probably do well at Amazon, the me of those years. I'm 63 now so those days and my ability to be a "mover and shaker" are pretty much behind me now. What happened was that paper got sold to a much larger company that had a lot of other papers as well as mine. The formula used to improve and modernize our organization ruined it and ran it into the ground. Common practice now a days. I was a casualty of that. Coming from that background has colored how I approach any job since. Seeing how newspapers are dying the ones I've worked for since aren't the same as the one I worked for back in the day. You kind of feel like the string quartet on the Titanic. You are still playing but you know the ship is sinking. People aren't motivated because they know there's no future. I still have what I consider a strong work ethic and I've learned to put blinders on because I can no longer change what I see going on around me. I can't motivate useless people or discipline useless people anymore. I've had some frustration in this regard to this day.
Having a competitive and busy environment is good. Those who choose to put in the hours thrive. Those who don't, don't. That's just common sense.
A bunch of weak kneed whinny types are accusing Amazon of hurting their feelings.
Those who say Meritocracies are just a cover for dirty corporate politics, are liars.
First off as much as I would like to think we are all equal, we are not. Some simply cannot hack putting in 65 to 70 hours a week at a job. Some folks can't work their ass off in a 100 degree warehouse all day. That does not mean they are "weak kneed whinny types". I learned that long ago. There are times when person A simply can't do what person B can do. Person A will probably never do any better. It's up to management to make a judgement that person A is really working at their potential or not. It takes a good manager to determine if person A is slacking and if they are it's the managers fault. Bad management creates a bad work place. Maybe the manager is a weak kneed whinny type. I've worked with other managers who fit that description and their crew usually didn't fare too well. You have to have good managers. Not all managers are equal. So on and on right to the top.
What those people are reporting isn't a matter of hurt feelings. They are bringing up real grievances if those grievances are accurate.
I think that there is a good case to be made for the fact there is more of a chance that abuses can happen in a meritocracy. It all depends on what sort of people are running it. Any environment can go bad. It depends on the folks running it. There's good companies and bad companies. All are not equal so to say those people are liars is not a valid statement. There are bad corporate policies that exist. Not all corporations are good. Some are bad and some are good. You can't make blanket statements like that and expect to be taken seriously at least by me. Unless you actually work there you don't know and even if you worked at Amazon, the place is so huge there's no way you'd know what goes on everywhere there.