What's with the recent trend of people leaving companies and then airing their laundry list of grievances for all the world to see? First there was James Whittaker. On March 13th this former Googler posted a scathing blog about why he left and all the things that are wrong with Google. In it he makes the case that the direction of Google is all wrong and it's become a "half-assed" company.
The next day Greg Smith resigned his position as Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and penned an even more stinging rebuke of his former employer in the OpEd section of the NY Times. Smith goes as far as to call the people running Goldman "morally bankrupt" and driven to make money for the firm at the expense of its clients.
Most recently, on March 20th, former Nokia executive Tomi Ahonen took to the interwebs to decry his former employer's Microsoft partnership as "a certain road to death".
Now I'm not necessarily a fan of any of these companies, and I'd be the last person to defend their corporate strategies or their CEO's. But somehow it doesn't seem quite right for these high level folks to take vicious and very public parting shots at their former employers' leadership on the way out. We all have our opinions. Often they differ from those above us. And sometimes the difference is severe enough to make us leave. But you know what? That's life. Why can't we respectfully accept a difference of opinion and move on? I suppose I'm naive, but this kind of public and one-sided bashing of a firm and of those entrusted to run it seems needless and unproductive.