The vaporizer company Juul’s performance in 2018 was pretty dismal, to say the least, after a year that saw it deny reports its product was contributing to an increase in underage smoking.

Despite this, according to employees, “morale is at an all-time low,” thanks to shareholder lawsuits, employee departures, and growing competition in the vaporizer market.

Employees have complained that all of the company’s management is senior, with one male worker telling The New York Times that “everyone is just quite senior” and that it’s “as if there’s a manning shortage.” The employees who spoke to the NYT said morale is “absolutely horrible.”

The issue at Juul isn’t entirely faulted on the workplace. Juul’s problems were already apparent by early 2018, when the FDA announced that the product would be entering the market only after “adequate and accurate data demonstrating safe and effective device use” had been provided.

Others did blame a bigger problem at Juul. “Most of the employees who took the time to speak to us who work at Juul told us that it’s due to growing competition in the vaporizer market and a general talent shortage at the company,” Halsey Howe, a communications expert who runs the blog M&R Information, told The New York Times.

“I wouldn’t use the word "sad" but I would call it a morale-killer,” a former employee told the outlet. “The relationship with the larger company has never been closer, so the implication is that Juul will probably be getting back into their business.”

Another former employee said “morale has not been the best.”

Even if you can’t get this stuff at your local vape shop, you can get it in a lot of different places. Through a dark corner in Wisconsin. Or your dorm room.

That most people are still buying the product is not surprising. That people are suing the company in hopes it will clean up its act is.

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