This week saw a surge on goodbye letters. You know those letters that you write on the last day of work. Usually very polite, thanking everyone, including the receptionist, not burning any bridges, keeping the future door open etc.
First off was a letter by a mid level director of Goldman Sachs to the New York Times about why the company has lost its way. Its staff were more concerned about reaping in fees than actually helping their customers to grow their investments. Some cynical observers pointed out an investment bank is all about making money. Not necessarily for the customers first, but they should be in there somewhere. What took him so long to figure it out? In his defense, he said the company was way different when he first joined as an intern 11 years ago.
Second was a letter in a similar vein by a long time Google employee about how the company has changed from an innovating organization to one focused on ads. Well duh, somebody got to pay for those nice fringe benefits at Google.
Read them yourself and be the judge.