Python recruitment failures

I thought Python programmers were supposed to be smarter than average, so why the screw-ups for these Python employers?

  • Connecticut telecommute-only employer

    • Hires a recruiter in Atlanta to find them some good Python developers. Advertises nowhere that I can find.
    • Recruiter emails me. Ignores my response. Emails exact same message a week later. I call him. "Oh, I guess I didn't read my email." And you are recruiting technical people?
    • The recruiter cannot understand basic code syntax. As I read him my answer to the six questions the employer wanted, he keeps asking "Is there a space before the equal sign?"
    • The company expects people to work an average of fifty hours a week. Average.
    • The company has a "bonus" structure based on individual and team productivity, on top of a "base" salary. The "base" salary is low, but hey, some programmers earn double their base in bonuses! Based on what? Recruiter does not know.
    • The company will not talk directly to job applicants until at least two rounds of talks with the recruiter: the clueless one, the one who has a LinkedIn: PyAtl badge but does not understand basic syntax.
  • A well-known open-source company, most of their global workforce telecommutes

    • I applied for three jobs over a three-month span, had four phone interviews, and not once received a timely response.
    • Their COO begged developers to apply to their company, but rejected good developers (that would be me) because I "did not have large-scale systems experience." Exactly where the f--- am I supposed to get that EXCEPT AT YOUR F------ COMPANY? And oh, would you mind putting that requirement in your job ad?
  • A California company with a local office

    • The owner, who conducted the first telephone interview, requested emphatically that I contact them if I chose another job, so that they "would not waste resources pursuing me." Guess what they did after my second interview, which I was told went well? No response, no notification, nothing. A few weeks later they advertise for the same position again.

      So I should expend the effort notifying them if I choose another job, but they are free to ignore me after they make a decision?


  • Employer Number One: I don't even know who they are, so I will not have to avoid applying to them.
  • Employer Number Two: I have stopped looking at their open positions. I will no longer waste my time applying and interviewing there.
  • Employer Number Three: Hypocrites.

Written by Andrew Ittner in misc on Sat 27 September 2008. Tags: employment