Startup CEO's Slack Messages Did Her In

Steph Korey stepping down from luggage company Away after 'Slack bullying' revealed in Verge report
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2019 9:00 AM CST
Updated Dec 14, 2019 3:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Last week, an explosive expose by the Verge focused on Away, a luggage startup that ex-employees claimed hid a "toxic work culture," despite a cheerful public-facing message of travel and inclusion. In this "cutthroat culture," workers were said to work "exceedingly long hours" and pressured to not take time off, while company executives reportedly "brutally" berated employees on public Slack channels. Especially implicated in the "Slack bullying" was CEO Steph Korey, who was said to be especially harsh on the messaging platform, once calling someone "brain dead" and referring to one of her teams as "millennial twats," sources say. On Monday, Away made a big announcement, per Business Insider: Korey is out as CEO, though the company insists it had been looking for a new CEO as part of its plan for longer-term growth. More on the recent happenings:

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