Do companies like Google really keep “unassigned” employees around for years despite not working on anything?

In the latest “Silicon Valley” episode, the Houli company shows a group of unassigned employees who do nothing all day except vest their shares under contract.  Do this really happen at companies like Google?  To what extent?

  • Haven’t seen Silicon Valley, but at LinkedIn, there are a lot of folks from Managers to Engineers who are doing as little as possible to stay employed and vest. They’re not officially “unassigned” but everyone knows they’ve checked out mentally.

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