Re: List of Bad xyz

Subject: Re: List of Bad xyz
From: Chris Hamilton <chamilton -at- GR -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 5 May 1997 12:00:03 -0500

Doreen Mannion wrote:
> Why not a list of bad employees then? Or bad degree programs? Bad
> conferences?
> I think information on bad employers is already out there. You can get it
> once you've networked sufficiently with other tech writers. Keep in touch
> with everyone you've ever worked for and with, whether you can stand them (or
> their work style) or not. You then have a readily available data base of
> sources, and you can give the answer the amount of credibility you think it
> deserves based on the source. You can get info at local STC meetings.

While I have some serious reservations about a "bad" list, I
respectfully disagree. My last job was as a contractor in Phoenix, AZ.
My current job (in a Chicago suburb) came to me out of the blue because
someone saw my resume on a newsgroup. I wasn't looking to move from AZ
and didn't really want to, but the job offer was so good I couldn't say
no. But I had no real method for checking up on this company. I rolled
the dice and got lucky. I think networking is great if you're looking
locally, but with companies scanning the internet and relocating people
they really want, networking at the local STC meetings isn't going to
cut it all the time. So, short of opening a legal can of worms, how do
you get information about companies that might be across the continent
or even in another part of the world? Posting a query to this list could
help, but not if the company is new or small. Other than that, what's
the solution?

Chris Hamilton, Technical Writer
Greenbrier & Russel
chamilton -at- gr -dot- com

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