Wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for their corporate cult mentality
Something I've noticed rising in Silicon-valley style companies is this weird cult-like culture forming. When I started my career, I had a standard 40-hour work-week, a pension, a union card, and a very balanced work-life ratio. When I left work at 5 pm, I could take off my work ID, tuck it in my pocket, and I"d be my own person until 9 am the next work day. We wouldn't talk politics or working conditions at work, but we had sufficient free time to do so after work or at our union meetings.
A few years ago, the company was bought up by a Google-like Silicon Valley company, and the whole thing felt super creepy. All the various 'features' of the company, such as the video games, toys, alcohol, food, and so on. It felt like they were saying "You have no life of your own, we are your life now". I find myself spending 60+ hours in the office now, and being shamed for doing anything less. I find many of my coworkers already at work when I get in, and staying long after I leave for the day. I found conversations with my coworkers have shifted from non-work topics (EG, our lives outside of work) to now its all about our company, our competitors, the industry, etc. The bland walls of the office have been replaced with bright colors with quotes from the founder and corporate logos. Standard dress has gone from standard 'business casual' to shirts with the company's logos splattered all over. My title of 'Director of Information Technology' got replaced with a meaningless one that included the company's name.
But, really, the two big things that bother me the most are that my pension has been replaced with a pile of a ridiculously volatile stock that I worry will either double immediately after I sell it or I hold on too long and it tanks. But also, the company has made it so that my union card is now just a piece of power (Less than 1% of the company is Union, so being union holds very little power). The stock thing bothers me since it means that any time we air a legitimate criticism of the company, we risk seeing our retirement just go up in smoke. Anytime we don't make our unreasonable deadlines, again our retirement gets chipped away...
In essence, I went from a boring, but stable job to chaos and cult-like worship of the company. Ironically, I enjoyed so much more freedom and felt so much happier in my blue-ish cube in my beige office than I did in the "Chuck-e-Cheese with laptops" office I work in now. Pretty much everyone that I had worked with before the acquisition feel the same way, and not just the grey-beards like myself, but also everyone from upper management down to the interns.
Really, we wouldn't be talking about anything controversial like politics or workplace grievances at work if we still had our other venues to do so.