I work for a financial company (listed on the stock exchange) and some of the stuff they do are not ethical/legal. For instance:
- tax evasion
- not paying for software licenses
- using data from some providers in ways which are not in agreement with their terms
- scrapping websites for data without paying
- firing people without a good reason ("we give you money to leave, or we could hurt your reputation")
- making people work at night without any written agreement/compensation
- paying people with complicated schemes to avoid paying taxes or social contributions
The speech the management is giving is very hypocrite, they did not do "tax evasion" but changed things to "catch better opportunities". Or they say that "The company would not earn money if we did not do that". People are not really fired, they "met a mutual agreement to end their collaboration".
I considered leaving the company because I do not adhere to those standards. However, it pays really good and I earn almost 70% more than I would in any other company for the job I am doing. It lead me in a complicated position where in the short term, for my financial success it is a very good opportunity to stay there. Moreover, I still want to stay because there are a lot of positive things about this company (not just the money).
I believe most people in the company are good people but orders are coming from the management, and nobody wants to get in trouble with the bosses.
Moreover, there is this mentality that "everybody in the industry is doing this", or people are just playing dumb saying "I am not a layer", or refuse to see the truth "I don't know what they do but it must be legal I guess".
I considered several options:
- not saying anything and keep doing my job, as if nothing is happening
- raising my concern to my boss (outcome some coleague received: if you are unhappy, the door is open and you can leave the company)
- denouncing the company to the authorities as it does not respect the law in several aspect
- sending detailled informations to a newspaper
- leaving the company, despite the loss in salary
- get evidences to build a case against them
What really bother me is that I know that the company would still make a profit without all these bad behaviors, and that most people are probably not adhering to them. But the greediness of the management make a lot of good individual people do unethical things.
I wonder if there are some ways I can change things from the inside (given the fact that I am not in a managerial position).
Here are some of my thoughts:
- starting a union (would not be welcome at all)
- writting an open letter (anonymous or not?)
- talking to my boss of a small matter at first (like software licensing) to engage the discussion
Is this even possible or am I just a dreamer in believing that? What would you advise me to do in such a situation?