“Most companies that are rushing to create something big bold and new for the world have intense cultures,” Josh Elman, a partner at venture capital firm Greylock Partners, wrote on Twitter. “This Amazon article seems to critique a culture that is in many ways winning and innovating.”
Peder Ulander, an executive at Cisco, wrote his friends at Amazon "love it." "Kudos for not creating a 'C+ work is acceptable' culture," he posted.
Jay Carney, an Amazon senior executive and former White House press secretary, said in a CBS interview Monday that Amazon employees, who are in high demand, would quit if they didn’t enjoy the company’s environment.
“Monday will be a tough day for Amazon recruiters,” Venky Ganesan, managing director at Menlo Ventures, wrote on Twitter. “Love what Amazon has done but some of these stories are awful.”
Tech professionals joined the debate by posting opinions on the online version of the New York Times article, which has attracted 4,200 comments.
Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is "definitely out of touch with the experience of his employees," wrote a commenter with the username Toxictoy. Bezos rebutted the New York Times article on Sunday, saying he would never tolerate a "callous" environment.
“The Amazon workplace revelations make me uncomfortable ordering from Amazon,” wrote Karen Kline on Twitter.
There's no way to know, as yet, how many others agree.