After a former Goldman Sachs employee published an extremely critical op-ed on his former company’s practices, Mayor Michael Bloomberg subsequently visited the company to show his support. And on John Gambling’s radio show this morning, Mr. Bloomberg continued to stick up for the company against “a nasty letter from an employee.”
“I thought this piling on is ridiculous,” he explained. “You go to work for a company, it seems to me they have an obligation to never dis you, they can part company with you [but] they should never do that, nor should an employee walk away [like that.] … You walk away from friends, you walk away from an employer who took a risk in you. ”
Mr. Bloomberg went on to defend Goldman Sachs’ place in New York City.
“There’s an awful lot of people at Goldman, they work very hard, they pay taxes, they live in this city and we want to have more companies come and locate here,” he said, later adding, “It’s my job to stand up and support companies that are here in this city that bring us a tax base, that employ our people, and I’m going to do that.”
The Mayor also took exception to the media chasing the story.
“I thought the news coverage was — ‘ridiculous’ isn’t even quite the right word — I thought it was not up to what we should do,” he said. “They’re a company that’s here to make money, that’s what they do.”