“Your talents will be valued elsewhere.”


The ex-employee also encouraged former colleagues to join a union.Marianne Ayala/Insider

  • A former employee of artificial intelligence firm DeepMind has encouraged others struggling at the company to consider quitting.

  • The anonymous ex-DeepMinder previously accused the company of failing to address sexual harassment.

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A former employee of Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind has called on her colleagues “in bad shape” to leave the company, citing her own experience of sexual harassment.

In March, the anonymous ex-employee, whose identity is known to Insider, went public with allegations that she had been sexually harassed and assaulted by a senior colleague throughout 2019. She claimed that a a lengthy complaint process at DeepMind and parent company Alphabet had exacerbated his suffering.

The alleged incidents included “multiple proposals, e-mails and grotesque texts including explicit confessions of acts of sexual violence against women and threats of self-harm”, from the senior colleague, she wrote in an article. of Medium at the time.

The allegations prompted DeepMind’s chief operating officer, Lila Ibrahim, to email the company’s 1,200 employees, insisting the matter was “complex”. The ex-employee has since rebuked Ibrahim’s words – seeing them as little more than ‘platitudes’.

Now, in a new open letter, the ex-employee has blasted the company’s apparent refusal to implement previously proposed reforms to its HR process, including a ban on NDAs for those who file sexual harassment complaints. , and assurances that internal complaints processes would never last more than two months.

“Some of you have asked me if I think DeepMind is hopeless. I’ve already said no, and they need good people to stay,” she wrote.

“However, after seeing (the lack of) response from DM management and hearing more stories from others in similar situations, I am modifying my advice. If you are in a bad situation, leave. HR won’t help you, and I’ve lost all remaining faith in leadership.”

She added: “If you’re happy, stay and fight for corporate reform. If you’re not, going to HR certainly won’t change that unless their leadership changes drastically. Your talents will be valued elsewhere.”

The ex-employee added a series of other recommendations to her former colleagues, including signing up for the anonymous workplace chat app Blind, speaking publicly about her frustrations and joining a union.

“If, one day, there are enough union members for DeepMind to recognize the union, it would mean greater collective bargaining power, which would ensure better protection for workers, training on knowing your rights and transparency .”

A company spokesperson told Insider, “We are committed to ensuring that DeepMind is a safe, respectful and inclusive workplace for all employees. We have implemented several new and improved policies and working practices to ensure they are aligned with these guiding principles.

“This includes a commitment to communicate more clearly with all DeepMinders on how to report concerns, enhanced annual training for managers and all employees around limiting unconscious bias, rolling out additional training to those investigating concerns and increased support for employees who raise concerns during and throughout an investigation.

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