It always is a boon for a young person to land a job in the White House. The chance to learn about how things work at that level and gain town bronze to move up and beyond in the world is one of the perks.
At least, traditionally, it was supposedly that way.
Word from the Biden camp, though is that the place is not fulfilling the needs of a number of staffers. Twenty-One of them, all black as it happens, have decided to hit the road for a number of practical reasons.
In the midst of a competitive White House work environment, many black staffers have decided to leave their jobs because “mentorship is hard to come by and opportunity to move up the ranks of a tight-knit operation is exceptionally rare,” according to Politico.
The White House has historically been a competitive workplace, full of ambitious individuals looking to gain experience to turn into a lucrative job outside of the administration. But according to three black White House officials, the black employee exodus has resulted from a lack of promotion or no clear path to “help them be successful.”
“They brought in a ton of Black people generally to start without ever establishing an infrastructure to retain them or help them be successful,” a black White House employee told Politico. “If there is no clear infrastructure of how to be successful, you become just as invisible in this space than you would be if you were not in it.”
In any workplace, that is a problem, but in the White House, it is particularly an issue.
Another black White House employee told the publication that being a decision-maker has remained elusive during his tenure. “We’re here and we’re doing a lot of work but we’re not decision-makers and there’s no real path towards becoming decision-makers,” the person said. “There is no real feedback and there’s no clear path to any kind of promotions.”
A third black White House employee told Politico that black people need special mentors to give employees a better experience. “People have not had the best experiences and a lot of that has to do with the dearth of Black leadership,” the employee said. “Think about any workplace. Black folks need some person to go to, to strategize and be a mentor, and we just don’t have as many folks who can be mentors to us.”
At any rate, it seems that the Biden White House is just as much of a mess on the inside as it appears on the outside.