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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 FWD.us 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 @08:11AM (#45186987)

    Why are illegal immigrants being called undocumented? The are documented, by their countries of origin. The reason they are undocumented in the US is because they are here ILLEGALLY. They have no right to claim legal status when they did not go through the proper legal process. IMO, these people are brazenly flouting our immigration laws without any fear of prosecution which only encourages more illegal immigration. This has to stop.

    Illegal is illegal.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:11AM (#45186989)

    Maybe you need young people, because they are stupid enough to think that spending hours for your employer is a great way to spend the precious little free time you'll have in your life. I used to think it was cool to spend 3-4 days at a demo party just hacking away. Now I would rather sleep, exercise and keep myself in good shape without worrying about crashing and trying to make up for lack of sleep.

  • by gl4ss ( 559668 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:13AM (#45186997) Homepage Journal

    genuinely curious. if you have time to arrest and send people out for making remarks on twitter how come undocumented(I assume that's double speak for illegally working) immigrants can hold public meetings?

  • by IWantMoreSpamPlease ( 571972 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:16AM (#45187017) Homepage Journal

    and I admit to not reading the many links, but taking the article at face value (dangerous I know)
    if all of it is true and accurate, it sounds like Mr. Z is a world-class asshole and is trying to bring back the dark days of robber barons building their wealth on the backs/lives of indentured servants...

    Yet one more reason (like you needed another really) not to use Facebook

  • by korbulon ( 2792438 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:18AM (#45187025)

    That's the true goal of these companies, and a big reason they're all so keen on H1B1.

    These big tech fucks move into a town, drive the real estate prices sky-high so you basically have to be upper management to own a place outside the "campus", and if not then you must either live well outside the critical radius and spend at least an hour commuting (good luck with your family), or opt to live within company provided housing ( http://www.sfgate.com/business/bottomline/article/Facebook-partner-to-build-Menlo-Park-housing-4860826.php [sfgate.com] ).

    But this has been done before: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_town [wikipedia.org]. Sigh. So wearisome.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:21AM (#45187045)

    It is to obscure the fact that they are in the USA illegally. One way to win an argument is to change the terms or the definition of the terms. If the terms "illegal alien" or "illegal immigrant" were to persist the anti-amnesty position would prevail. Since the the accepted term is now "undocumented immigrant" has become the term used, the pro-amnesty position will win on this issue. The actual and most dramatic losers will be the legal immigrants--those people who applied for permission to enter the USA and applied through the system to become USA citizen. (And they are typically against illegal immigration.)

  • by nashv ( 1479253 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:22AM (#45187055) Homepage

    No AC , 'Undocumented' means status cannot be determined. For example, family moved here illegaly but baby is born within US borders in a shack without a birth certificate. The baby is then 'undocumented'.

    Naturalised US citizen who lost passport, then became homeless and ended up the other side of the country with amnesia = Undocumented.

    There is a difference. Unless, any immigration is proved in court to be illegal, it is undocumented. Innocent until proven guilty, remember?

  • by roman_mir ( 125474 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:29AM (#45187119) Homepage Journal

    Sounds like ZB figured out the truth about America and is acting upon it. The only way to hire people is to ensure that they have little ability to appeal to the American court system.

  • Re:Bad summary (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:33AM (#45187135)

    One could only hope so. Illegal immigration is one of the driving economic factors killing this country (not discounting the brain damaged policies coming out of the current administration). It's been well established that a very large percentage of those who come here illegally because "they only want a better life" end up in prison for things like robbery, rape, murder, drugs, etc. If they had no respect for our laws when they came here why would they respect our laws after the fact? I've witnessed it personally. They have no interest in the American way of life. It's all viva la raza while sucking up all of our resources. Instead of amnesty we need to start talking about rounding them up, shipping them to Antarctica, and let them walk back. At least it would take a bit longer for them to get back here.

  • So? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jcr ( 53032 ) <.moc.cam. .ta. .rcj.> on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:34AM (#45187141) Journal

    If I had any interest at all in working for the latest version of MySpace.com, this might be upsetting, but I don't, so who cares?


  • Re:Bad summary (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:37AM (#45187151) Journal

    if only it WAS.

    You see illegals picketing all the time in D.C.....why no crackdown/arrests/deportations?

    Well, you see, America has what's called a "Two party system". One of the parties operates under the bleeding-heart assumption that illegal immigrants might actually be humans, and might actually vote for them. The other party isn't that optimistic; but likes its laborers cheap, expendable, and powerless.

    (Also, when it comes to playing law-enforcement whack-a-mole, fighting the 'war on drugs' and getting some of that sweet, sweet, civil forfeiture action pays so much better than rounding up illegal mexicans.)

  • by malkavian ( 9512 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:39AM (#45187159)

    No idea how you managed to get a -1 for that.. It's the reason I didn't move to the US long ago (the balance between the worker and employer is screwed, and it's only become worse as time has progressed).. It does seem as though some corporates really are trying to set up an environment that is very close to indentured servitude. Natural citizens still have legal privileges that trump the desires of the corporates for cheap labour, so they want to import.
    That, really, is a crappy way to do business. It'll work in a short term, but ends up as a race to the bottom, and probable collapse far earlier than necessary (wasting a lot of long term productivity and profit).

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:39AM (#45187167)

    I might be wrong, but I suspect the vast majority of the people called "undocumented" in the mass media were not "born without a birth certificate" or "lost their passport".

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:40AM (#45187169) Journal

    Admitting to age discrimination are we?

    Of course not. Our HR department's compliance specialists would love to assure you that no such violations are taking place. Now, as an unfortunate matter of fact, old, uncool, balding sickies with 'families' and 'lives outside work' happen to be a poor fit for our company culture, and our hiring process takes ensuring the continuation of the company's innovative culture very seriously; but all applications are given the consideration that the law requires.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:41AM (#45187173)

    I think bosses prefer hiring HB-1s and illegals because it gives them something powerful to hold over the employees head. If the employee feels secure in their life, then they are more likely to challenge the employer and stand up for reasonable rights. So, "immigration reform" to these companies is a way for them to legalize slavery while importing people whose only goal is to export as much of their paycheck back to their home countries as possible.

    And seriously, employee lock-ins? Why do people put up with that crap? Is working at a social media company, which will most like be replaced by another social media company within five years, some great honor? People need to have some respect for themselves.

  • by GrumpySteen ( 1250194 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:44AM (#45187191)

    Great idea!

    I'm quite certain the Native Americans would love to have their country back and see all the descendants of those assholes who slaughtered their people and took their land deported. I wouldn't hold my breath on that readmission line moving too fast, though.

  • by Lithdren ( 605362 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @08:47AM (#45187207)

    Maybe because being undocumented has nothing to do with being here illegally? While its possible, its not a given, as many different situations can cause someone to become an undocumented individual who cannot prove their citizenship or right to be in the country. Lucky we're not all jerks and deport people without due cause.

  • by gmack ( 197796 ) <<gmack> <at> <innerfire.net>> on Monday October 21, 2013 @09:00AM (#45187277) Homepage Journal

    Stupid managers as well. Every few years my employer retries that idea only for the bug counts to skyrocket as the hours get later. After about an 11 hour day, more time is spent fixing bugs created by overtired employees than making actual progress.

  • by Electricity Likes Me ( 1098643 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @09:09AM (#45187367)

    Because it's a town full of people with specializations in a growth field (so they think its as easy for anyone else as they perceived it to be), and then they became rich so now there worldviews will never be challenged, nor will they ever experience any of the issues anyone else ever does.

    As was noted in an article on the Great Depression, perspective colors everything: if you were rich and didn't lose everything, and lived in the right neighbourhood then "there were no bread lines".

  • by causality ( 777677 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @09:10AM (#45187377)

    One way to win an argument is to change the terms or the definition of the terms.

    Nothing "won" that way ever turns out well in the end. The practice is one reason the US has so many batshit insane laws like the War on Some Drugs that don't stand up to analysis, and continues to keep these laws even after this is well known.

    The lack of rationality will have been the root cause of our downfall.

  • by SirGarlon ( 845873 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @09:24AM (#45187535)

    I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think attendance at a bank robber conventions is sufficient to arrest someone. You'd need a warrant for that person's arrest, meaning reasonable suspicion he had actually robbed a bank.

    Put another way, arresting people just because they chose to attend a gathering *is* an infringement of their right to assembly. The exception being if the gathering itself is criminal, e.g. a conspiracy meeting or a riot.

  • by Gavagai80 ( 1275204 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @09:25AM (#45187545) Homepage
    Time to relocate all humans to the exact part of Africa where the species first evolved, then. Everyone elsewhere is an undocumented immigrant who the native species did not welcome.
  • by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @09:25AM (#45187555)
    So? Already in the place is already in the place. Nobody is going to send them all elsewhere especially since so many of those who make the rules are already benefiting from a shadow economy of people that can be paid less and treated worse than a "legal" employee. Pretending otherwise is not going to make it all go away by magic and treating these people like subhumans is only making things worse, making that shadow economy even more attractive and reducing the conditions for the "legal" employees.
    The USA cannot afford to send them "home". Just getting angry about it hasn't helped for the last century+ either.
  • by runeghost ( 2509522 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @09:39AM (#45187723)
    If you're so concerned with illegality, why not focus on those corporations who directly or indirectly benefit from illegal labor (and associated working conditions)? The prime reason we have illegal immigration (instead of simple and straightforward work visas) is because the 0.1% love having a pool of labor available who don't have to be treated lawfully. I have nothing but sympathy for undocumented/illegal workers, and nothing but loathing for the corporations and the wealthy who abuse them and who use their existance as leverage against citizens lawfully in the labor force.
  • by jasper160 ( 2642717 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @09:56AM (#45187951)
    Calling illegal immigrants undocumented workers is like a drug lord an undocumented pharmacist.
  • by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @10:07AM (#45188093)

    It is to obscure the fact that they are in the USA illegally.

    Partly. It is also because words have connotations beyond their direct meaning. "Illegal" tends to imply that something is also wrong or immoral. Why else would our wise and noble political leaders make it illegal? But many of us feel that a free society should welcome people that want to come and make a better life for themselves. Immigration (even when illegal) is a positive good, benefiting both America, and the families of the immigrants. The anti-Latino prejudices of today are no different than the anti-Asian, anti-Jew, anti-Irish, and anti-German prejudices of the past. Every wave of immigration has been opposed by racists and people believing in "zero-sum" economics. They have always been wrong in the past, and are almost certainly wrong now.

  • by tompaulco ( 629533 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @10:35AM (#45188465) Homepage Journal
    But many of us feel that a free society should welcome people that want to come and make a better life for themselves.
    I think the majority of us feel that way. Which is why we created a system by which people can immigrate to the United States. My wife did it, my grandfather did it, about a million people per year do it. So, why should we reward people who do it illegally by giving them a free pass, while punishing those who do it legally by making them do all the paperwork and pay fees?
  • by gsslay ( 807818 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @10:42AM (#45188569)

    Young people also have little in the way of life experience that allows them to differentiate between "can we do this" and "should we do this".

    Result; no qualms about implementing things on a technical basis without consideration to the social/moral consequences.

    And before you vote me down; I'm not suggesting young people are less morally or socially concerned than anyone else. Just that, plainly, they do not have as much life experience. Many issues that the likes of FB raise are not new just because the technology is. It's the same old struggle between individual rights and the demands of big companies and authorities.

  • by rock_climbing_guy ( 630276 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @11:00AM (#45188789) Journal

    For immigration activists to call illegal immigrants "undocumented foreign workers" would be like if marijuana legalization activists called marijuana an "undocumented plan", or if the NRA referred to assault rifles as "undocumented firearms".

    It's quite clear to me that they're pushing to destroy the working class in this country by flooding us with cheap labor and they're trying to control the language to achieve their goal.

    It's hard to believe that back in the day, Henry Ford was proud to say that people who built his company's cars could afford to buy them.

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