Few topics get more attention from readers than how workers get paid, how their performance is reviewed, how companies recruit employees and use software to monitor their activities, and how CEOs deal with—or sometimes ignore—harassment, retaliation and other allegations. The Information is looking for a reporter to delve into all of these sensitive HR areas.
Tech companies are the perfect venue for this beat. They’re already a global bellwether when it comes to HR practices, and that role will only grow as they become bigger employers. And as debates rage over whether remote work is helping or hurting white-collar worker productivity amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the data these companies gather (but don’t readily disclose) can go a long way toward answering that question.
It’s an important time to cover HR. Many big technology companies, including Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon, are facing either a small rebellion within their own workforces or bigger, more frequent hostilities that often spill into public view. Such companies, as well as fast-growing startups, have long been home to cultural and management-behavior challenges—including at Google, Uber, Amazon, Slack and many others. And compensation policies can be a major cause of employee discontent.
The Information has a long history of publishing high-impact investigations—from accounts of whistleblowers and serial harassers to stories about startups with questionable equity compensation practices. The opportunity has never been bigger to carve out a unique, high-profile beat in this realm and to team up with our ever-growing roster of corporate tech reporters, including those covering venture capital, where big egos and big money can lead to big messes at startups as well as at the investment firms themselves. This role also will involve publishing stories that show (through org charts as well as reporting) how companies are structured and how they actually operate as well as HR practices that companies don’t usually talk about.
The Information writes for a discerning audience about what’s important in tech and media. In nearly eight years, we have attracted tens of thousands of paying subscribers, including some of the most influential people on the planet.
- Company-paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their dependents
- Basic life insurance
- Generous paid leave that increases over time
- A parental leave policy for new parents
- A flexible spending account
- Commuter benefits
- A gym and fitness stipend
- A highly professional, inclusive, diverse workplace with a zero-tolerance policy for harassment