Reddit Gives its Employees Controversial San Francisco Relocation Ultimatum

Having to relocate for the sake of a job is something that some employees and even job seekers can find themselves pondering. For some, making the choice is relatively easy whilst for others the idea of moving half way across the world just doesn’t seem appealing at all, but what if your employer told you that in order to keep your job you had to relocate?

That’s the question that Reddit’s employees have to answer before the end of this year. The popular networking platform’s CEO Yishan Wong announced that all remote employees have to move to San Francisco, which is already home to some of the world’s leading tech companies. The announcement comes as no surprise to those in the tech industry. It’s clear that Reddit has outgrown its “underground” roots and is now ready for commercial glory, by rubbing shoulders with fellow booming tech businesses, but it needs all of its remote staff on board to do that.

Reddit has a lot going for it these days. Recent reports that the company has managed to secure $50 million dollars in investments only encourages suspicions that Wong is making a business decision based upon profit rather than the wellbeing of his staff. In a statement he expressed that this daring managerial decision which would make most employees shudder with anxiety, was to increase Reddit’s productivity and oddly to improve the company’s staff retention:

“Intention is to get whole team under one roof for optimal teamwork. Our goal is to retain 100 percent of the team.”

Millions of dollars in investments or not, Wong is making a risky move. Despite Reddit being a unique platform adored by its users, giving staff the ultimatum to relocate or risk losing their jobs is probably not boosting company morale right now. These days, finding a job that offers job security, great workplace culture and benefits is hard enough without having to deal with being obligated to relocate anywhere your employer tells you as well.

It’s also clear that as the CEO of a growing company Wong has to make some tough decisions and this is one of them, but it’s one that could spell disaster for Reddit’s workplace practices at the same time. Whether all of Reddit’s employees that have been instructed to move will do is yet to be seen. Surely some of them will not be able to make this decision as easily as their CEO, however, under the circumstances it could be the best career move they ever make.

Reddit is bound to continue to grow as a company, hopefully Reddit’s staff will perceive this move as more of an opportunity to grow professionally rather than a case of “go big, or go home.”

Companies like Reddit don’t just expand over-night, this is a company that has certainly paid its dues over the last few years and is simply looking to conquer new pastures, but it is looking to do so by ripping any sense of job security from its employees in order to do so. Reddit owes much of its success to its staff just like any other company and it looks like success has come at a price.


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