Stories by Gary Rivlin

  • Silicon Valley's dirty side

    Guadalupe Herrera puts in more than her share of late nights at Cisco Systems, but don't count her among that company's paper millionaires. For the past 14 months, Herrera has worked from 6:00pm to 2:30am emptying the trash, cleaning the toilets and wiping down the work areas of the senior programmers who are paid a starting salary somewhere between $100,000 and $125,000. Herrera, by contrast, makes less than $17,000 a year.