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Working climate: Snake pit Razer – Golem.de

Hardware from Razer is often really good. Just now has that Razer Blade 13 – a laptop designed for games – in the test at Golem.de fantastic cut off. The company employs approximately 1,300 people at its headquarters in San Francisco and Singapore, as well as 18 offices worldwide. Razer maintains the image of offering particularly high quality products. This seems to be at the expense of the workers: The US magazine Kotaku In the US, former employees have learned many internals about unsustainable conditions.

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At the same time, Golem.de has received information about the conditions in Europe from business circles. Of the cool image remains little: The descriptions paint a picture of sexism and racism and of massive violations of labor laws. According to the reports, employees working for trade fairs had to be first and foremost "really cool" look – so have the demand of a responsible manager gelautet. Even in the presence of people of Asian migrant background, repeatedly derogatory offensive statements about Asians have fallen.

Golem.de has also received evidence of violations of labor laws in Europe: For example, female employees should have been denied participation in further education because separate hotel rooms were too expensive. Similar to the US there is an enormous pressure to succeed. This would include accessibility around the clock and overtime, especially before fairs and other events. There is evidence that accumulated overtime was removed from the records and not compensated or paid.

Kotaku's report gives the impression that chief executive Tan Min-Liang is responsible for a fearful work climate in the company. He is said to have insulted employees and thrown at them with products and prototypes that did not suit him. Disgraceful or rebellious employees, he should have fired at short notice.

A conversation with Tan Min-Liang had felt like coworkers, as if they were "to be thrown to the lion for feeding", learned Golem.de. There have been regular cancellations in e-mails and also in meetings.

Kotaku reports that many long-time employees have stayed only because the CEO has promised them a lot of money during an IPO. When Razer actually went public in 2016, some employees would have actually received $ 200,000 or more. For others, it would have, unlike announced, only for one "Used cars" enough.

The company itself said on request from Kotaku that there had been no negative abnormalities in the regular internal surveys conducted since 2016. All in all, most of the staff are very satisfied. Tan Min-Liang says he dumped prototypes that did not meet his quality standards on the floor or wall, but not on employees. The German branch of Razer could not be reached for a short-term statement from Golem.de.

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