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What Employee Lock-In Means At Facebook 391

theodp writes "In the early days of Facebook, the company would go into what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called lockdown, where no one is supposed to leave until the task at hand is done. Speaking on Saturday at Startup School 2013, CNET reports, Mark Zuckerberg remarked that the practice persists to this day. Facebook doesn't lock people in the office, but it comes "as close to that as we can legally get," Zuckerberg said to an eruption from the crowd. The lockdown isn't the first at-home-in-a-Bangladesh-garment-factory management technique Zuck's touted at Startup School. Back in 2007, Zuckerberg drew fire for advising company founders "you should only hire young people with technical expertise" if they want to be successful. And while there are no reports of Facebook hiring 9-year-old bosses yet, the LA Times reports that only young undocumented immigrants are welcome at the hackathon hosted by Zuckerberg's next month where "tech CEO's like Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman, Drew Houston and Andrew Mason will be sitting side-by-side with undocumented youth [with technical expertise] creating tech products to help the immigration reform movement" (invitation to 'day (and night) of working')."
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What Employee Lock-In Means At Facebook

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:27AM (#45187111)

    POTUS Obama has ordered the INS/DHS/and others not to arrest undocumented immigrants/illegal immigrants/illegal aliens. This has been reported in the Main Stream Media for years. (Remember Obama's law-breaking uncle?)

  • by jbmartin6 ( 1232050 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:44AM (#45187189)
    There's nothing in the linked articles to suggest that these "lock-ins" are any different than what many other companies do, especially start-ups, when there is a crucial problem at hand. (To me this 'necessity' sometimes indicates poor management and planning, other times perhaps it's needed). I notice that the first Google result I found [] isn't mentioned in the summary. It clarifies a bit what the lockdown means, apparently doesn't mean no one is allowed to leave the office or other such nonsense. The link to the Bangladeshi factory story appears to be an absurd comparison.
  • by sjbe ( 173966 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:51AM (#45187235)

    I assume that's double speak for illegally working

    Undocumented means exactly what it you think the word means. It means there is no documentation available to prove the person's citizenship status. If I were to lose certain important documents, I would be undocumented and I'm a US citizen. Often immigrants who are here illegally are also undocumented but undocumented does not mean illegal and illegal does not mean undocumented.

  • by DoofusOfDeath ( 636671 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @09:50AM (#45187887)

    It's not a slur for me. I honestly couldn't care less what race/ethnicity someone in this country is. Here's what anger me about illegal immigration:

    • We have laws on the books, but the President won't enforce them. This is a basic breakdown in democracy. Either enforce a law, or repeal it. To have extensive laws on the books that are enforced at the whim of a government official is an invitation for tyranny.
    • Illegal immigrants jump ahead of all would-be legal immigrants who are waiting for visas. They basically screw over law-abiding people.
    • What do you say to an honest construction company owner, who loses jobs because someone who pays illegal immigrants under the table is able to under-bid him?
    • Is it just that the handful of victims of violent crimes by illegal immigrants were attacked? After all, those perpetrators weren't supposed to be here in the first place.
    • My state university now allows illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition, but legally present citizens from neighboring states cannot. Basically, following the law is for suckers, apparently. How is this just?

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