Employee survey at Paradox Interactive alleges gender discrimination and “mistreatment”

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I think this problem may be the cause of recruitment difficulties. It is very likely that this problem has been known for a long time in the middle of the world which certainly did not make a good ad for paradox. This situation must be resolved quickly by paradox because problems of this kind tarnish a company's image for a long time.
I agree, but lets not just think about the company's image here and other PR stuff. Let's also stop and think empathetically about how people feel when subjected to this kind of behavior, and especially from people who are their supervisors. The fact that this came out at all is something, as too many incidents go unreported. I will give the company credit for allowing this very discussion to occur, and not shutting it down. I pray for everyone's sake things get better, and not just for looks, but so the talented workers at the company don't lose the spark that made them want to join the industry in the first place.
 
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I agree, but lets not just think about the company's image here and other PR stuff. Let's also stop and think empathetically about how people feel when subjected to this kind of behavior, and especially from people who are their supervisors. The fact that this came out at all is something, as too many incidents go unreported. I will give the company credit for allowing this very discussion to occur, and not shutting it down. I pray for everyone's sake things get better, and not just for looks, but so the talented workers at the company don't lose the spark that made them want to join the industry in the first place.
What kind of behavior? You have no information on what has happened.
 
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What kind of behavior? You have no information on what has happened.
We don't have the full picture, no, but it's a stretch to call what we have 'no information.' We know that 44% of the employees surveyed said they were mistreated somehow, and that women were more than twice as likely to say they were mistreated than men. The reports were of a systemic culture of harassment where high-ranking harassers were shielded by the company. We know the relevant unions at Paradox are concerned enough to want to take action. We know that the CEO did something offensive to an employee in 2018, and while we don't know what it was, we know he had to undergo coaching and training not to do it again -- something a company rarely would want to shell out the expenses for if it were a minor offense. And we also can be pretty sure that one incident does not a whole culture make, so whatever he's apologizing for (which he's carefully avoiding naming), it's at best one part of a company-wide problem.

It's pretty clear, from all of this, that there's something bad going on at Paradox. How bad? We can't know for sure. It could be thoughtless casual sexism, or it could be as bad as what's been going on at Activision-Blizzard. At this point, I'm mostly going to be watching for reports from the unions. They're the ones with the closest possible involvement that's not in the hands of the company that's been shielding the perpetrators. If they eventually say that Paradox has thoroughly cleaned house and it's now a comfortable and safe environment to work in, I'll trust them and be open to future Paradox products. If they don't, there are countless other ways I can spend my money.
 
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We don't have the full picture, no, but it's a stretch to call what we have 'no information.' We know that 44% of the employees surveyed said they were mistreated somehow, and that women were more than twice as likely to say they were mistreated than men. The reports were of a systemic culture of harassment where high-ranking harassers were shielded by the company. We know the relevant unions at Paradox are concerned enough to want to take action. We know that the CEO did something offensive to an employee in 2018, and while we don't know what it was, we know he had to undergo coaching and training not to do it again -- something a company rarely would want to shell out the expenses for if it were a minor offense. And we also can be pretty sure that one incident does not a whole culture make, so whatever he's apologizing for (which he's carefully avoiding naming), it's at best one part of a company-wide problem.

It's pretty clear, from all of this, that there's something bad going on at Paradox. How bad? We can't know for sure. It could be thoughtless casual sexism, or it could be as bad as what's been going on at Activision-Blizzard. At this point, I'm mostly going to be watching for reports from the unions. They're the ones with the closest possible involvement that's not in the hands of the company that's been shielding the perpetrators. If they eventually say that Paradox has thoroughly cleaned house and it's now a comfortable and safe environment to work in, I'll trust them and be open to future Paradox products. If they don't, there are countless other ways I can spend my money.

Well that's just the newspaper interpretation of the report. We haven't seen this "informal survey" done on a union slack channel. Mistreatment is a pretty broad term. I'll just say, its hard to jump to strong conclusions based on leaks of an union survey. I've seen myself up close how media can spin something and it starts to grow and grow till it is in no way representative of the facts on the ground.

I don't think they need the consumer boycotting their products at the moment. In the end all employees want to see their work played and enjoyed and at the same time have a good work environment.
 
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