An Open Letter To My CEO
talia jane
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Probably not a good idea to publicly slam the company that pays your bills and the CEO that signs the checks, as proven by your update.

If you wonder why 18 year olds that live with their parents are doing the same job as you, it is because it is an entry level position with minimum wage pay that does not require a college degree.

Calling out the CEO because of his net worth is just stupid. The guy co-founded the company. He built it from nothing to what it is worth today. Of course he is going to be worth hundreds of millions if he is running a very successful company.

I am also not sure how much you think writing funny tweets will pay. If you went and got a college degree to write some funny tweets, you could have probably skipped the whole college part!

Some advice for you, take it or leave it but it is to your benefit:

  • Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
  • Don’t expect easy jobs that pay more than a teachers salary.
  • Don’t complain about a situation you put yourself in. Yes, moving to one of the most expensive areas for a minimum wage job was your decision.
  • And last but not least, make yourself worth something, don’t just ask for a handout.

This may come of as though I don’t sympathize with your situation at all and that is because I don’t. While I think that minimum wage should be higher, that is not what your post was about.

Edit:

I just noticed that you had full health coverage without paying anything. I am not sure if you know what that is worth, it is about $600/month. I would be publicly thanking the company for that, not slamming them, most don’t provide any coverage for such positions, let alone pay the full amount.

Edit 2:

It is understandable that some people disagree with me, that is your right! Taking that into consideration, there are a few things I would like to point out since a few comments make the assumption that I like to kick people when they are down or that I don’t know what it is like to work for minimum wage.

The author of the article was not exactly down, they had a job with what they admitted to having great benefits — fully covered health insurance, free snacks and drinks in the office. The only caveat was that they were being paid the minimum wage in SF 12.25/hr and their living conditions were too expensive (choosing to rent a place without a roomate which most people in the bay area can not afford to do). They blame this all on the company that employs them and offers them benefits far beyond what most other places offer for an entry level position that does NOT require a college degree, literally a position that an 18 year old can fill. The reason I am not sympathetic to this situation is because I have worked full time for less per hour while attending school full time at a place that offered no benefits of any kind including free snacks and drinks. Many people are in far worse situations. We are talking about a 25 year old who moved to the bay area in the hopes that they would be paid 100k/year to write funny tweets and couldn’t even last a year without bad mouthing the company that was giving them the opportunity to get their foot in the door.

Get it together people, this is not the sob case you are looking for, move on and help the people that really need it.