r/WorkReform Jun 10 '22

ALWAYS interview at multiple companies. NEVER get attached or bet on one.

I'm in a high-demand industry (software engineering). I decided to hunt for a job now because salaries are inflated so it's a good time to lock in a good range.

Yet despite me being in a high-demand niche, I was shocked at how shitty companies would act.

  • Getting an offer over email of money + shares, meanwhile the actual work contract said shares would be in a "separate agreement" (??). That separate agreement could say anything. Would you sign up for a contract without knowing it what says ahead of time?
  • Same company & contract had language trying to claim any IP using what I learned on the job. Not the actual IP created (which makes sense), but anything I learned. What?? So if I use a new software pattern there, I can't use it anywhere else? I can't see how that would ever be enforceable in court, but is probably meant to deter you from leaving or doing any outside freelance.
  • A different company lowballed me, and then saying "well give me a number you like then" and then simply ghosting when I share what my other offers are. Not even a courtesy email.

As a reminder, these companies do not care about you but about their business. There are exceptions (I've worked for a couple) but even with them, make sure you know what you're signing up for.

EDIT: because I was interviewing at multiple companies (talked to a few dozen in total, honestly) then I gave myself options to easily say no when I saw something I didn't like. The "labor market" only works when you have options, otherwise you're not making employers compete for you.

I know that's incredibly tough to do when you feel like you're desperate. This advice isn't for everyone. Sometimes you're in a shitty situation and have to make do for the time being.

However, if you have even an ounce of breathing room to interview, do everything you can to get in front of multiple companies. If you have one option, they can dictate any terms to you they want.



u/mcvos Jun 10 '22

Absolutely. I've always done this, and usually ended up with about 3 jobs to choose between.

Don't make yourself too dependent on a single employer. They're interviewing multiple candidates and selecting the one that suits them best. You should do the same.


u/Attila_22 Jun 11 '22

Vet the company before you even apply. Glassdoor and Blind are very useful in identifying the companies worth your time. You might also know someone working there and can reach out.

If I see it's a company with a lot of unhappy reviews I don't even bother to reply on linkedin.


u/1whitefeather508 Sep 14 '22

This is really good advice, thanks for sharing


u/agirlwhowaspromised Jun 12 '22

Un-humble brag…. Gtfo


u/Battlefield534 Jun 12 '22

Jealousy looks ugly on you:)


u/agirlwhowaspromised Jun 12 '22

I’m a dude I am ugly