What Jeff Bezos Really Told Princeton Grads About Kindness

Bezos, who is said to have engineered a brutal workplace, told students to be nice to each other

Inside Amazon's Working Environment and Culture

On Saturday, the New York Times published a detailed profile of Amazon's white-collar work culture that made the company seem like a very intense place to be employed. The article described Amazon’s offices as a “thrilling, bruising” environment in which people are encouraged to belittle their colleagues, and where leaving work to recover from cancer earns you a demerit. The story is heavy with frightening details, but one of the strangest anecdotes in it is told by founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos to a group of Princeton students during their 2010 graduation.

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