Odd billboards from Domo’s chief, Josh James aren’t a new thing. It’s kindof his schtick, hailing from days back at Omniture (now Adobe) and even using secretive billboards to attract people to his newest, then-stealthy gig, which turned out to be Domo.*
Designed to read like a classified ad (in the personals section), the ad reads:
Sexy young startup seeks hot engineers
4 a good time, go 2 www.domo.com/jobs
Initially, this ad is clearly trying to play a joke on the idea that Domo is putting out ad after ad to hire engineers, something akin to putting a personal ad out or joining an online dating site (insert golf clap here). This is something that’s not lost on me or the recruiting industry in-general, but I have always felt this conversation that “recruiting is like dating” just lends itself to the wrong kinds of allusions. The last thing we need in the world today are more hiring managers going about hiring staff like they would try to find a date for Friday night.
However, thinking just barely beyond the initial impression, it becomes clear that this billboard is, at a minimum fairly tasteless, but in the extreme, highly offensive to both women as well as any self-respecting professional looking for work.
- Are Domo engineers hotter than other engineers? I mean, if this is what’s being recruited for, they should have an unusually attractive workforce…
- Are candidates measured by hotness? Is there a technical term for that? What programming language(s) do hot people write in?
- If your hotness quotient should diminish over time, are you passed up for promotions or does your percentage in the bonus pool shrink? As an analytics/dashboard company, are these rankings published (with photos, of course) on the internal intranet?
- I’m not sure – Is this an ad for a long-term relationship or more of a one-night-stand type thing? Would you want to work for a company that just wants to NCMO?
- How would you feel after being hired to find out that the next engineer hired is actually getting all the attention? Would you be jealous? Is this a precursor to an episode of Sister Wives?
All jokes aside, while the billboard isn’t technically sexist (It doesn’t specify that the sexy startup is masculine or feminine or that said sexy startup is seeking a preference of males or females), it does lend itself to a pretty cheap kind of relationship between the employer and the employee. If being hired is like being selected for a date, what kind of experience should a candidate–or employee–expect to have in that environment? I’m not going to lie, I am pretty shocked that Human Resources didn’t step in and squash this billboard pretty fast.
Look, if an employee in a company I worked with put up a sign outside their office saying exactly this when they began hiring for a specific job to fill, it would be taken down pretty fast by either request or by force. Even if there’s, perhaps, nothing immediately harassing about what this sign says, it sure smacks of it and that’s pretty plain to see. I wouldn’t recruit on a job being advertised this way. If the company is just looking “4 a good time”, then what does that make the recruiter??
* Disclosure: I used to work for JJ at OMTR. Have no idea if this matters, but since there’s a connection here that might not be readily apparent, I figured I should say something.
As we enter 2013, I’m thinking of additional ways to improve the Utah Tech Jobs website. I’m thinking it would be great to add list of resources that would be valuable for people who are seeking new or different employment.So, what job resources do you know about? I’m interested in profiling companies, job clubs, Networking and user groups, and other tools that may not be readily apparent to the casual job seeker. Related Posts:
Sallie Krawcheck poses an interesting question on workplace flexibility in LinkedIn’s 50 Big Ideas for 2013:
The US economic recovery is tepid at best, with growth in short supply. At the same time, progress on gender diversity has stalled, with the number of women in senior roles plateauing.
Solving the second challenge can help the first. Fully engaging women in the economy can increase GDP by as much as 9% … but it will take some very different thinking.
What do you think? Read more and comment, below?
The Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah is immediately seeking a full-time Software Developer with interests in big data and archival/library technologies to assist us with our new digital preservation project.
- Design, develop and support systems which benefit library patrons or extend purchased library systems
- Communicate with all stakeholders regarding commitments and requirements of all participants and users
- Hire, train and manage student employees to assist in development projects
- Keep up with new developments and technologies in digital preservation, library science, digital libraries, and integrated library systems
- Attend appropriate training or professional association conferences
- In-depth familiarity with software development principles
- Java (prefered), C(C++), PHP or other mature programming language
- MySQL or Oracle database development
- XSLT(highly desirable)
- Experience developing using Linux or a similar operating system
- Experience with Ex Libris products (highly desirable)
- Excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate technical issues clearly with non-technical employees
- Ability to manage projects which cross organizational lines and to direct team members who do not report to the incumbent
- Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Computer Science or related field
- 3-5 years experience with Java, PHP or other mature programming language
- 1 year programming database applications.
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This post was submitted by Curtis Thacker.