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Amazon, Data, and Selling Your Culture Down the River

Matt Kelly | August 17, 2015

Over the weekend I was sifting through a survey from Navex Global about compliance training programs, and came across what chief compliance officers consider the biggest obstacles to effective training programs: employee cynicism about corporate culture, and fear of speaking up.

Then I turned to the New York Times and read its brutal, brilliant, portrait of corporate culture at Amazon.com—a company that somehow took simple, noble principles of good corporate organization and perverted them into something awful, into a business that looks like a miserable place to work. A rank-and-yank system of performance reviews that pits one employee against another. An employee feedback system...

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