Skip to comments.Ageism In Silicon Valley Is So Bad People In Their 20s Are Getting Cosmetic Surgery
Posted on 03/24/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
It's a common for people in the acting, modeling and music industries to feel pressure to maintain a young appearance. Actors and actresses over 30 and 40 complain they cannot get roles. Now, all that anxiety is coming to Silicon Valley. In The New Republic, Noam Scheiber illustrates just how severely ageism plagues parts of the tech business in California.
"Silicon Valley has become one of the most ageist places in America," Scheiber writes.
Dr. Seth Matarasso, a plastic surgeon that administers Botox treatments in the Bay Area, told Scheiber that he frequently treats middle-aged Silicon Valley workers, saying the following:
It's really morphed into, 'Hey, I'm forty years old and I have to get in front of a board of fresh-faced kids. I can't look like I have a wife and two-point-five kids and mortgage.
But what's more troubling is the fact that even younger workers are approaching Matarasso for cosmetic youth-preserving procedures. According to Scheiber, Matarasso turned away a 26-year-old seeking hair transplants.
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I applied for a position last year with Rackspace. They only hire twenty something’s and an occasional 30 something if they are desparate to fill a position.
I interviewed with 15 people over two days, each one telling me they needed someone “seasoned” in managing a team where conflict was prevalent. Finally the last interviewer, after walking me around, showing me the slide and all the cool things they do asked me why I wanted the position, I told him I wasn’t sure if they were looking for a manager or a baby sitter.
I was hired as a Business Analyst by a guy into a semi-start-up company two years ago. I was about 58 years old. My first day on the job I notice that we have 15 people working in a 500 sq ft room with barely enough room next to your computer to put a piece of paper, and the furniture looked like it was out of Ikea. The entire staff was under 35, most of them under 25. Then I had my first requirements meeting with the primary owner, who was worth a few hundered million and about my age.
Having relatives much richer than her, I was not intimidated and was polite and did my job but I noticed a subtle bristling on her part. By the second meeting I mentioned to my manager (he hired me) that there may be a problem. He said not to worry, and that she had no hiring or firing authority (which I found impossible to believe), and to just do what I do and it would be fine.
By the fourth meeting I was wondering if I even wanted to be there. I thought I’d give it a month or so to see if a positive could grow out of it. It’s happened before.
Two weeks from my hire date, they let me go. Actually, their doing that pretty much summed up the kind of company they were and why I probably would have turned in my notice not long after that.
I’ve worked with people since then (I’m new to this area) who have worked with that lady. She got rich hiring cheap young people and getting a company up to the point where she can sell it. And other stuff I won’t get into... But my age was absolutely a factor, and I look significantly younger than I am...
So much for the discrimination laws.
Shows why idiots keep getting elected into office, we are going through an absolute moron apocalypse with young people today. I’ve never seen kids so stupid in my life. Oh they know their computers, but when it comes to anything else it’s like dealing with 6 year old kids. “Obama is good President cause he blaaaack! Waaah! You must be racisssst if you dont like hiim!” And history? Holy smoke, it’s like they never even heard of the world. “Is that like the past or something?” “Marxism, is that like the 3 Stooges?”
See my post at #6...The kids today are absolute morons thus easier to control which sounds like what she was all about, she was on a power trip and someone like you who is significantly smarter and more experienced than the moron kids she hired is someone she couldn’t control the way she wanted. I will bet you shoes to noodles she was making insane demands of those kids when nobody was looking “I need you to dress as a clown and tie me up and whip me” “Uh Ok boss!”
Baby sitting is exactly what it was. Incredible, they'll hire people with the emotional maturity of toddlers, but not people who are mature, and then they wonder why they are having problems.
Ever since the cult of Apple Silicone Valley has loved young people with no external commitments that want to work 100 hours a week. Get away from the Valley and you start getting businesses that like older people that get the job done right in 40.
There was one lady there that was an absolute incredible lackey. I was actually embarrassed for her. What’s funny was when the manager let me go (and he was literally sweating when he did it) he said that that women corroberated the thing they didn’t like. Yet I never worked with her. ;-)
The odd thing was that not only did I completely agree with him that it was not a good fit, but I had to keep from laughing during the meeting, in spite of the fact that I was “left on the street without notice”.
To be fair, it really helps to know that you are the Lord’s. It segued into working at the place I’ll probably be working the rest of my life. I love it.
Had a wife and kids he rarely saw but he still felt guilty for going home occasionally at a reasonable hour.
Now Google does feed their employees lunch and dinner. Their campuses have barber shops, dry cleaning, day cares and what not. But it's not entirely unselfish on Google's part. They want their employees to practically live there. They want Google to be their entire waking life. If not for zoning laws, they'd probably set up cots for their employees as well so they can sleep there too.
This kind of lifestyle pretty much mandates that you be in your 20s or 30s.
This reminds me of an Old Testament curse:
“As for My people, children are their oppressors,
And women rule over them.
O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err,
And destroy the way of your paths.
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