Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

The idealism is surely gone.

It's been replaced by a gnawing angst that something should have been done a lot earlier than now.

Once, tech companies would just occasionally look up from their screens and mutter "shut up and trust us."

Now it seems quite clear that the vast majority have, for all the time they were demanding trust, behaved in rancid ways. And when things got a little sticky, they covered up as much as they could.

You wouldn't think, then, that employees of tech companies are still bathed in the belief that their work is special, would you? 

You wouldn't imagine that there are tech companies where almost all the employees believe they are, still, making the world a better place.

Hark with me, then, at a new survey committed by the anonymous employee app Blind.

It asked more than 10,000 tech employees whether they believed their companies were still leading the world toward its ultimate (robot) nirvana.

The results had glorious elements.

91.23 percent of Tesla employees insisted their company is making the world a better place.

Tesla, however, only came out minimally ahead of the second place company.

Please believe that 91.01 percent of Uber employees believe they're making the world a better place.

Yes, the Uber that's long been the symbol of what's a touch putrid in Silicon Valley. The one that became an example of ruthlessness, harassment and a leadership that once met a scruple but didn't remember what it was called.

The company does have a new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi. 

It seems, though, that even Uber drivers don't trust the company

Yet the actual employees -- oh, the drivers aren't employees, are they? -- seem to believe the company is just this side of sainthood.

"It's just a cheapish taxi company," I hear you wail. 

Oh, but cheap changes the world for the better, doesn't it?

Naturally, Google (84.94 percent) features highly in the saintliness claims. Some Google employees tend to be slow to learn, even when the truth stares at them intently.

Employees of LinkedIn, Microsoft, Apple and, wait what, Walmart, figure highly.

Where, then, have employees seen the light? Or, rather, the darkness. 

At which companies do they know they're doing nothing to improve the world's lot?

Oddly, Facebook sits below the survey average of 67.33 percent. 

Sink to the very bottom, though, and you'll find Oracle, with just 27.21 percent of employees believing their company is changing the world for the better. 

I met an Oracle employee by chance today. We got chatting. He'd worked there for many, many years. Why does he stay? He told me: 

I've got a bunch of shares vesting next year.

Immediately above Oracle is Snapchat. 

It's refreshingly hopeful that at least employees of Snapchat might realize that whatever it is that Snapchat still does isn't making our world any better.

It's quite clear, though, that there's still a long way to go.

An overall average of 66.84 percent of tech employees still think they're on the right side of history.

Self-delusion can be so beautiful. 

Published on: Oct 27, 2018