Snap CEO Evan Spiegel Says Charges Of Sexism At His Company Are A ‘Wake-Up Call’

By David Pierson and Meg James
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Snap” says it has reorganized the engineering department and installed new leadership. The action comes in response to a widely distributed employee email which described a frat-like atmosphere at Snap in which male colleagues boasted of push-up competitions and alcohol-fueled hot tub parties.

Los Angeles Times

Snap Inc. Chief Executive and co-founder Evan Spiegel said a widely-shared email by a former software engineer who accused the company of harboring a “sexist” and “toxic” workplace culture was a “wake-up call” that has already prompted change at the Venice firm.

Speaking on stage at the Code Conference in Palos Verdes Tuesday, Spiegel was asked to respond to a report published earlier in the day by digital news outlet Cheddar about the email and subsequent accusations by the former employee that the makers of Snapchat did not promote diversity.

“That letter was a really big wake-up call for us,” Spiegel said. “We’re constantly thinking about how to have the culture that we want, how to reinforce the values that we want and we’re thinking about it even more because … the company has grown so fast.”

In response, Spiegel said Snap reorganized the engineering department and installed new leadership.

The company also hired consultants and issued a companywide survey to identify areas that require improvement.

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