Although based in the United States, the tech start-up Grammarly Inc. nearly half of its workforce is in Ukraine. The company that offers a typing assistant is therefore directly affected by the conflict that is tearing the country apart with its Russian neighbor. On Monday, the company’s CEO spoke about this extraordinary situation with disastrous human and economic consequences. Brad Hoover took the opportunity to point out that the start-up has continued to pay full salaries and benefits to its Ukraine-based employees who joined the country’s military to fight against the Russian invasion.
“The team focuses primarily on its safety”, he specified. Before the war, nearly half of the company’s more than 600 employees worth $13 billion were based in Ukraine. The CEO said many workers have since left the country or settled in areas of Ukraine more spared from conflict. Paid leave has also been granted to workers forced to flee their homes due to the fighting.