Wednesday, December 03, 2008

To spam or not to spam

The spousal unit's company isn't doing well. He's doing work that he hates. So he's in the market for a new job.

A tech recruiter contacted him yesterday about a job where the hiring manager is someone I used to work for. The work interested the spousal unit, so I tracked my former boss down and gave him a heads up that he'd be getting the spousal unit's resume soon.

In the meantime, the spousal unit starts researching this company. Turns out that the CEO has the title on Wikipedia of "king of spam". The company has gotten in trouble for hacking MySpace with spam and for stealing IP addresses. Now he's not so sure he wants the job.

There are some reasons to take it. It would be really good for his resume if he could work with these particular technologies again. It's close to home. It pays very well and we have a baby on the way. Plus, I'd look rather foolish to my former boss if the spousal unit decides not to interview with this company.

On the other hand, well, it's spam. And the technologies may not look so good on the resume if the company has a bad reputation.

What to do?


Megan said...

Eek that's a tough one.

In a somewhat analagous situation, I took the job with the 'spammer' and had one of the most enjoyable and profitable years of my working career.

But then the bad things the upper levels had been doing came out, and we all lost our jobs...


justacoolcat said...

Spam sucks, but in these times a job is a job. Especially, a good paying job.

whoissecretdubai said...

a humble request...(for anyone not allowing this post through--not spam--)

Anyone happen to know who Secret Dubai (the blogger: is?

Megan said...

There you go! Some spam! :)

Slave to the dogs said...

Megan - do you think that spam is a sign?

JACC - true. Not sure how long the current company will last. They just gave everybody 7.5% paycuts. Merry f@cking Christmas!

Metro said...

If I were your hubby I'd think about staying away. As I recollect, Soloway's doing four years in jail nowadays, no?

However, as justacoolcat points out, "A job is a job."

There's a thin line between underhanded-and-nasty and criminal. And self respect lies on only one side of it. I think if your husband makes sure to hang onto that, he'll be doing alright.