Back in 2018, my CEO wrote a book. I usually don't read these kind of memoir/non-fiction books, but I figure it would be interesting to get insight into the mind of someone I've been working under for the past 5 years.
The book was bad. And I mean REALLY bad. Everything about it. It somehow managed to be pretentious, boring, and confusing at the same time. There were typos all over the place. I had to re-read a paragraph several times just to understand what they were trying to say. In one particularly irritating section, he spent pages bragging about how he is so young and how he'd be able to continue running the company for another 40 years. He brags about how he's cheated the tax system for years. He jokes about personal affairs he's had and how he's destroyed the lives of other people.
(I only tell you this to emphasize how annoying this book was. I can guarantee you that nobody here has read it nor would be familiar with who he is).
Using a different name, I wrote a review on Amazon. I gave the book 2/5 stars (which I thought was EXTREMELY generous). I wrote a few comments on what I thought the flaws of the book were. This book wasn't exactly a best seller, and there were just 3 reviews.
Last week (almost a year after I wrote this review), we got an e-mail saying that the company got wind of bad Amazon reviews of the CEOs book. They warned us very sternly that keeping a positive image of the company is important. Just to avoid any trouble, I immediately removed my negative review.
This morning, I got a meeting invite with an SVP (somebody who probably makes 15x my salary) for tomorrow. The subject of the invite says "Discuss Amazon Reviews". I looked it up, and this SVP reports directly to the CEO.
Now I'm starting to freak out. I didn't think they could trace that bad review back to me, but I guess they must have been able to. What's done has been done, but what can I do now? What is the best thing to say or not say in this meeting? Should I be worried about getting fired?
Edit - 10/14
SVP didn't want to fire me. Now I'm freaking out for other reasons.
The SVP brought me in and told me everything was fine. He said that he read my review and he completely agreed with it. He then told me that the CEO is "even worse in person" than his book made him seem.
He asked me if I wanted to join a meeting with a group of like minded colleagues, who weren't afraid to speak out against unethical behavior. I asked him what the group does, and he said it's fairly confidential and he couldn't share specifics with me at the moment. But he promised me it would definitely be worth my time. I told him I'd have to think about it.
Also, to answer a question, he figured out it was me that wrote the review because my Amazon screen name was the same I had used on an obscure forum, which had my e-mail buried in one of the posts from years ago. Stupid on my part, I know. It's definitely possible that somebody else could have figured it out, but it must have took some digging and I haven't heard anything from anybody else.