|Gone are the days of flat tech structures where seemingly every employee had a say.
The influx of management layers in Big Tech, as previously documented by Insider’s Hugh Langley and Grace Kay, means the people building the products are increasingly removed from those who make strategic decisions.
That growing divide might seem counterintuitive to companies hoping to leverage tech to innovate, but it also represents the maturation of the space. The old adage in tech of “move fast and break things” is a lot tougher to execute when you’re a public company that regulators constantly watch.
(Interestingly enough, Terrazas writes that workers in non-tech roles — like human resources and marketing — report the highest job satisfaction at Big Tech companies.)
Terrazas offers some advice for firms looking to get back in their employees’ good graces. But it feels like tech workers themselves will end up having to do a bit of recalibration.
In the same way that layoffs forced tech workers to reconsider their relationship with their jobs — work is not an extension of your family; it’s more like a sports team — this too could serve as a wake-up call. Working in Big Tech has become a job like any other corporate gig.