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Apple Suicide

Will no one speak up even now? Is tech so hush hush that peoples work problems shall never be brought to the forefront? If a few colleagues come up with the reasons behind the tragic incident, then maybe atleast then the companies can perhaps take cognizance of the prevailing lack of policies to handle employee-related issues. I am hoping that some soul will reveal the real reasons that drove someone to the point of no return.

Keeping products info hush-hush makes sense as a business case. Not divulging employee issues is only to safeguard the company's image. Doesn't help other employees in similar situations in other companies to highlight their issues too.

May his soul RIP.

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Edward Mackowiak made a reckless remark about having Apples future in his head, they took it back...the beast will not be stopped

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Post ID: @gAlqe+H89CR9s

Another Qualcomm employee killed himself:

https://timesofsandiego.com/business/2018/06/19/qualcomm-mourns-suicide-of-contract-employee-at-san-diego-hq/

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Post ID: @cGkfn+H89CR9s

Years ago, there was an Intel Fab23 factory manager (name not mentioned out of respect). He was overseeing the factory closure, and tried to place as many of his people as possible, before the fab was bought by another company (which would have resulted in the people being laid off). He also encouraged the people to leave for other companies if they wanted to (senior management did NOT like that, since it would reduce the "value" of the acquisition). He basically sacrificed his career to save his people. This all came to a head one day when he got into a shouting match with the VPs, and security escorted him out of the building (this was the factory manager!!!).

Later that day, he was found dead of a motorcycle crash. I don't think the authorities ever called it a suicide, but we former Fab23 employees have always wondered. It was so tragic - he left behind a family, including young children.

It was the sunset of the factory, and of many people's careers, but the people loved him. He was truly looking out for the workers, not for himself. And he paid the ultimate price in the end. It makes me cry just to think about this man's family years later.

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Post ID: @3baa+H89CR9s

My friend took his own life at Intel a year ago and they kept it so quiet, it was a shocker when everyone at work heard how he 'passed away suddenly'. I agree if they would just SAY what happened we would all become more sensitive to this problem.

Rest in peace Kelly A (Intel for 19 years, gone in a moment).

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Post ID: @1ytd+H89CR9s

"The employee was identified as 25-year old Edward Mackowiak.

A Google search suggests that social media profiles with that name have been deleted at LinkedIn and Twitter"

Tech industry knows when to support and band together with each other. They will exert their right and get information from social media withdrawn at their will. But they will not give Terrorist cell info to FBI. So much for tech's double standards.

Did these companies have any right to delete the social media profiles of the deceased?

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Post ID: @wbf+H89CR9s

What is this Apple employee's name and what was his role ? Was he laid off that day ?

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Post ID: @xbv+H89CR9s

We had similar incidents at Qualcomm who is your modem chip supplier. Two engineers jumped to their deaths from Qualcomm buildings on 2/18/2010 and 6/11/2012. Qualcomm HR (Employee Relations Department) claims that both engineers committed suicide because they had "family problems". They deny it may have had anything to do with the "sweatshop" working conditions at the company. I would imagine if you are made to work more than 12 hours per days and all weekends and not allowed to take vacations, even if you don't have family problems, you will develop one. The first case was all over the media and can easily be found today on the Internet. However, HR kept the second one under wraps. I heard they paid their families $4M to keep them quiet. The Employee Relations office now keeps advertising their "Employee Assistance Program" to employees. This way, when the next suicide occurs, they could legally cover themselves by saying they have been offering psychological help, but the deceased did not take it..

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