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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:43 PM

Marissa Mayer under fire as she brings baby to personal nursery that she built next to her office

Marissa Mayer under fire as she brings baby to personal nursery that she built next to her office after telling Yahoo! employees they can no longer work from home

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer built a nursery in her office so she could bring her baby to work, which has angered some stay-at-home employees following her demand that all remote workers report back to the office.

The former Google Inc. executive took the demanding top job at Yahoo! when she was five months pregnant and stirred up controversy when she took only two weeks of maternity leave after giving birth last fall. But at her own expense, Mayer built a nursery adjacent to her office to be closer to her son.

'I wonder what would happen if my wife brought our kids and nanny to work and set em up in the cube next door?' the husband of one remote-working Yahoo employee asked in an interview with AllThingsD's Kara Swisher.

Many employees are upset because they don't have the money or clout to build their own nurseries at work. And many assume Mayer has a whole team of people, from nannies to cooks and cleaners, helping her raise her son - after all, she does have a $5 million penthouse atop the Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco in addition to her $5.2 million 5-bedroom home in Palo Alto.

More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284828/Marissa-Mayer-brings-baby-personal-nursery-built-office-telling-Yahoo-employees-longer-work-home.html

A continuation of this article:

Female Yahoo! CEO Kills Work from Home Option? Why Americans Need a More Flexible Workplace


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Reply Marissa Mayer under fire as she brings baby to personal nursery that she built next to her office (Original post)
OhioChick Feb 2013 OP
Xipe Totec Feb 2013 #1
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #2
Dreamer Tatum Feb 2013 #18
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #19
Dreamer Tatum Feb 2013 #20
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #21
OhioChick Feb 2013 #22
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #23
Tanuki Feb 2013 #29
Dreamer Tatum Feb 2013 #30
Gidney N Cloyd Feb 2013 #3
Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #4
HangOnKids Feb 2013 #6
ljm2002 Feb 2013 #5
HangOnKids Feb 2013 #7
SoCalDem Feb 2013 #11
SoCalDem Feb 2013 #8
B2G Feb 2013 #9
SoCalDem Feb 2013 #14
riqster Feb 2013 #10
HappyMe Feb 2013 #12
ProdigalJunkMail Feb 2013 #13
sharp_stick Feb 2013 #24
Lurks Often Feb 2013 #15
southernyankeebelle Feb 2013 #16
Initech Feb 2013 #17
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #25
Sheldon Cooper Feb 2013 #28
ProdigalJunkMail Feb 2013 #32
Lizzie Poppet Feb 2013 #33
AndyA Feb 2013 #26
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 #27
Cleita Feb 2013 #31
hobbit709 Feb 2013 #34
Warren DeMontague Feb 2013 #35
Tallulah Feb 2013 #36

Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:47 PM

1. Now ain't that sweet! nt

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:48 PM

2. Isn't Marissa sort of a fundy?

I recall reading that somewhere...would explain her "I can do what I want but phuck you" sort of attitude.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:22 PM

18. I think she is the former chairperson of the Southern Baptist Convention.

I read that somewhere.

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Response to Dreamer Tatum (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:24 PM

19. They don't get more fundy than that!

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:25 PM

20. Did you see that pic of her with the 10 Commandments tattooed on her lower back?

Unreal - google it. Worth searching for.

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Response to Dreamer Tatum (Reply #20)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:29 PM

21. Can't find it...but in anticipation of it...one more...

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #21)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:34 PM

22. I can't find it either however

I did find a quote of hers when asked to state her priorities:

"God, family and Yahoo—in that order."

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Response to OhioChick (Reply #22)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:37 PM

23. I remember that quote, and once more...

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Response to Dreamer Tatum (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:47 PM

29. Pretty implausible, since she is a Lutheran

and worked at Google from the time she was 20 until she went to Yahoo. It's also implausible that the SBC would have a female in such a high position. Maybe you dreamed it, Tatum.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marissa_Mayer

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #29)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:49 PM

30. Or maybe I was poking a little fun. Just maybe. MAYYYYYYBE. nt


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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:49 PM

3. That takes brass something...

ovaries?

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:49 PM

4. Something strange happens to the brains of people when they get money

Swear to god it is a disease we need to cure.

And I know that it is the norm nowadays for the top execs to make obscene amounts of money, but I'm old enough to remember when it wasn't this way. When the CEO wasn't like royalty. We are a really screwed up society.

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Response to Duer 157099 (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:53 PM

6. To The Brains Of Incompetent People

 

People with no critical thinking skills think their shit doesn't stink when they get money. This fucking Yahoo is one of them.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:52 PM

5. Way, way back in the day...

...when I was the mother of young children and worked full time for a software company... I remember asking why the company could not provide an onsite daycare center? I would have willingly paid for the service, I was not looking for a handout, but there were others in the same situation and we all paid for daycare for our young children anyway.

If the company had provided the service onsite, it would have alleviated many difficulties, for them and for us. For one thing, no more rushing home to pick up the kids on time from their daycare provider. For another thing, we could look in on our children during lunch break. Also the security of knowing the children were right there, close to hand, and knowing that we could be more closely involved with the care they were receiving.

It seems to me that Mayer could offer to do that.

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Response to ljm2002 (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:54 PM

7. She Is An MBA Twit

 

And full of shit.

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Response to ljm2002 (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:59 PM

11. In 1971, Sullair Corp

had free?/cheap onsite daycare
a basketball court/gym
a nap-room
onsite French Restaurant (super cheap and great food)


and many more amenities

they also had a LONG list of prospective employees..no one ever quit

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:55 PM

8. RHIP n/t

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Response to B2G (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:02 PM

14. Depends on the TYPE of work

and the time zones of the participants

Babies DO sleep...and the avoidance of commuting adds at LEAST 2 hours (for many people) a day of formerly wasted time to a schedule

It's a power-trip for many bosses,. They like the "Overseer" approach to Labor/mgmt.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:58 PM

10. The Peter Principle in action (nt)

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:59 PM

12. She certainly lives up to the

company name - yahoo. I guess everyone should just drop their kids off at her personal daycare.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:01 PM

13. I find this bit ironic...

'I wonder what would happen if my wife brought our kids and nanny to work and set em up in the cube next door?'

A person worried about spending time with their kids... but not actually DOING it...

sP

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Response to ProdigalJunkMail (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:38 PM

24. I noticed that as well

they've got a nanny why would they need to worry about where she sets up shop.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:12 PM

15. The stink of her hypocrisy is rather strong

I see either a reversal in the policy or that she won't be in charge nearly as long she thinks she will be.

Wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if the lawyers aren't already lining up lawsuits.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:14 PM

16. A corporation as big as this should provide onsite day care and the parents should pay for it.

 

This is a modern world and I don't understand why children seemed to be shoved off. Parents do better knowning their children are in a safe environment. We need to be more like europe when it comes to child care. America is going back wards.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:18 PM

17. Bill Maher had a great new rule a while back:

"New rule: if you get to bring your baby to work, I get to bring a Mexican mariachi band. The difference is I pay the mariachis $20 and they go away and annoy someone else."

So stay at home moms have to report to work, the CEO gets a private nursery next to her office. Our priorities are really fucked up.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:40 PM

25. Here's what she's really doing....it's called a reduction-in-force without actually announcing it...

....Business analysts typically don't like to hear that a company is laying off workers, so some companies really try to disguise what they're doing.

Some of the hundreds of Yahoo employees currently working at home will find other work-at-home jobs. The overall loss of employees will reduce the Yahoo workforce, improve profits, and make the bottom line something the shareholders will generally like.

On the flip side, Yahoo will be losing a ton of work experience and develop even more negative PR than they have now. Additionally, Yahoo will have to replace some of those people, but they will be paying more in terms of office supplies, furniture, PCs, comm devices, benefits, and all other things that fall under the broad umbrella of overhead.

Yahoo may find their savings from losing employees is offset by the expenditures of making people work at the Yahoo facilities. Time will tell.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #25)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:44 PM

28. Yep.

I would say there's a good chance that's what's going on here.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #25)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:24 PM

32. you got it, OldDem

this is actually just a shrewd business move... it will be effective.

sP

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Response to ProdigalJunkMail (Reply #32)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:37 PM

33. Agreed.

The private nursery thing is more than a little clueless, but the decision to change Yahoo's work-at-home policy seems to have been necessary. From everything one hears, the policy was being badly abused, with far too many people getting very little accomplished and being so out of touch that people in their own departments had no idea they even worked for Yahoo. Yahoo is known in the tech field for having a bloated, lazy management layer, and one secret to successful work-at-home programs is to have active, involved managers. Not really to "slave drive" home workers, but just to stay in touch and involved with what they're doing and to assure that at least a reasonable level of work is actually getting done.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:42 PM

26. Marissa Mayer probably thinks life is pretty good right now,

and can't understand why some employees are unhappy. Let them eat cake!

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:43 PM

27. Ya but her baby is special

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:52 PM

31. Usual cluelessness from the privileged class, who don't have an inkling

of the problems other women have.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:38 PM

34. Another privileged 1%er.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:39 PM

35. one, there's a lot of advantages to being a CEO, but two, there are also responsibilities.

She should take this as an opportunity to reflect on how life is for families of women who aren't CEOs.

And get to work changing it, where she can.

And I'll ask the same question I always ask when the topic of Marissa Mayer comes up, which is, what the fuck is yahoo's business model, anyway?

I'm surprised they're still afloat.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:55 PM

36. I distinctly remember

interviewing for a job at the Fruit of the Loom plant many years ago and being asked if I had kids.

Before I had the chance to even answer I was told having no babysitter, having a sick child, was not an excuse to be absent from work.

Working hours were from 7 am to 5 pm and half a day on Saturday.

The place employed 3000 women. Childcare was not their problem.

Many women were either let go or quit because of their rule. Then the SOBs moved to Mexico and devastated the town forever.

To this day I refuse to buy Fruit of the Loom anything.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer should be ashamed of herself.

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