“It’s hard to speak about some positive qualities, there’s always a “but” involved. When he does show some, there’s a ray of hope that things aren’t that bad, that you can deal and keep working for the company. This is the flame that keeps you going for a while, but then everything goes to shit with another current of negativity. I first thought about leaving 3 months after starting in the company, but in actuality I worked there for 9 months”.
After running the original article, we received another anonymous comment about working for Nintendo Russia. Here’s the story in entirety:
“Yasha was trying to give us all a bad case of the Stockholm syndrome.
“Out of office, he was an awesome person. The nicest guy you’ve ever met! He has the perfect pitch, knows a lot of funny stories. He’s a blast at corporate parties, while talking to him you feel like you’re special, he comes across as a kind and attentive person. I’m sure all my colleagues will agree, everyone loved Yasha at the parties.
“But in the office he did everything to make you feel like a nobody, feel like you were responsible for every other person’s failures. When something went sideways, he very skillfully made you feel like it was your actions that led to this result. I have no idea what to call it, it was some next-level psychological manipulation.
“After a conversation with him I’d check the facts of the matter and realize that I did nothing wrong… and the result was actually OK, and not the failure I was blamed for. But it was too late – when he had stood beside me, yelling at me in a mixture of three languages, I had been convinced that he was right and I was a piece of shit. And now he won’t listen to me. The ship has sailed.
“And even if by some chance I turn out to be right in this particular case, he will humiliate me on other matters. And he will be correct, because there WILL be a mistake on my part somewhere. Because every employee at Nintendo Russia has more tasks than a single human being can physically attend to. And the tasks themselves are vague, with no clear, obvious priorities.
“By the way, most of the tasks were handed out with extreme brevity, and while waiting for the results every other phrase from Yasha was “well, you’re supposed to guess what I was getting at.” Really? There was no “Mind Reader” clause in my interview and nobody told me I was supposed to tag on additional layers to a short-term task.
“With time, you convince yourself that you actually CAN anticipate his wishes and that you’re able to fully master your taskload. The result? That particular task wasn’t a priority, and you’re an idiot for not realizing it! You get yelled at for not doing some other task instead.
“I read some of the articles about the situation, with people stating their cases anonymously. I recognize some of the authors. I want to hug them. We always hug, feeling a connection… everybody who ever worked for Nintendo Russia!
“So, I read what some people are saying, like, “lots of stuff happened, but let’s not get overboard with sexual harassment allegations…” It’s funny (but not really) that the ones who write that are either men or not particularly attractive girls. I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, but guys, if you weren’t the target, it doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen!
“Of course Yasha wouldn’t harass his employees in front of witnesses. He’s married, after all, and it could’ve been bad for his marriage. But he did harass me. And I’m sure he was livid it didn’t go anywhere.
“Of course, no physical violence. But I did receive constant psychological pressure. At my workplace, from my boss, it’s disconcerting at the very least.
“Many are asking, why we put up with all of this. Firstly, the salary was great. Secondly, many people knew that if you quit after a fight with Yasha, he would do anything possible for you not to be able to find work for a very long time. At least in this industry. And how do you quit without having an argument with your boss? He’s really thin-skinned. And it’s scary to think of yourself without a place of employment. Some have mortgages, some have families, some have rent. Lots of reasons. Everybody needs money.
“Yasha is also really paranoid. I’m guessing he constantly thinks that somebody is trying to betray, cheat or poison him… I have no idea where this is coming from, and find it very strange.
“While writing all of this I can’t get the thought out my head: he wasn’t that bad, after all, we had some nice parties! He was fun and friendly! And all the yelling and humiliation was my fault, I didn’t do my job properly and thus disappointed him. Poor, poor Yasha. He relied on us, and we let him down!
“But the thing is, at my new job everyone is happy with my work, and no one has ever raised their voice at me since.”
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