Employees Are Pissed at This “Feminist” Startup
If you’ve ever read a press release, or an ad, or a party flier, from THINX â€” the period-proof underwear brand â€” you’d probably think to yourself, “sounds like a lit company to work for.”
Unfortunately, according to previous employees, the gung-ho, super feminist and fun attitude that they play upÂ for the consumers might beÂ a farce.
A feature published in Racked earlier today goes in depth to the accusations that employees have made against the brand co-founded byÂ Miki Agrawal, who has also served as CEO of the company.
â€œIt honestly felt like a middle school environment: pitting people against each other, calling us petty children and [saying that we were] immature and that we’re all these millennials that don’t know anything â€” meanwhile we’re being paid easily $30,000 under industry standard salaries,â€ says one former employee. â€œIt was truly like being in an abusive relationship. And I donâ€™t use that analogy lightlyâ€¦ I don’t know if you’ve ever had the feeling when you walk into a place â€” whether it’s with your family or a job or a friendship circle â€” and you simply just don’t know how the other person is going to react. One day they could be in a super great mood and everything’s fine and dandy and you’re being praised left and right, or else you walk in and you’re treated like you’re dirtâ€¦ That takes an emotional and physical toll on you. To wake up every day and not know how you’re going to be treated that day is really quite awful.â€
The employee complaints in conjunction with the stepping down of the founder sounds similar to another brand whose downfall we have watched recently â€” Nasty Gal.
But is a tyrannical boss to blame? Or is it simply start-up culture? Read the full feature on Racked and decide for yourself.