I worked on the same floor as the CEO and never met the guy. Weeks into my time at Mitratech, I had to ask somebody if the man leading an all-hands meeting was the CEO - it was.
When I gave notice, they asked for the rest of the day to counter. I agreed not expecting anything to come from it. Just before a team meeting at lunch, I was pulled to the side, asked to sign exit papers, and walked out the door without the chance to talk with anyone. I then understood previous employee disappearances that management "could not discuss." They let remaining employees speculate that the former employee was fired or such, rather than admitting there could be better opportunities for some people.
many young colleagues with plenty of passion and energy, happy hours
hires mostly entry level on the basis of an aptitude test rather than a technical interview, aggressive schedules and dates set in upper management with no input from engineers