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  Forogar  5-Feb-21 4:04
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  Forogar  5-Feb-21 10:01
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I had developed some novel aircraft telemetry monitoring analysis code for my current employer - who did not pay well and my manager treated me like a second class citizen because I impressed his manager with my working code. Anyway, that's another story. Needless to say I was looking for another job to escape to.

I went for an interview with another company doing similar work on helicopters, not a direct rival. I spent all day there meeting managers and engineers who all treated me with respect and friendly professionalism. They went into great detail about how they did their telemetry work. They bought me lunch at their canteen and talked a lot about what I had developed. A few of the questions were along the lines of, "We have a problem doing X, how would you solve it?" This was a great bragging opportunity for me as I was a young programmer who hadn't ever been treated this well in my current position. After lunch one of their engineers came up with some follow-up questions, based on my answers earlier. They then asked if I could meet with more of their people tomorrow and offered to put me up at hotel overnight. I realized they weren't interviewing me, they were picking my brains on how to solve issues they had - I was being used as an unpaid consultant (not counting lunch and hotel expenses). I was quite shocked as they had appeared to be a large, reputable company.

At this point, I had been there over six hours and, as the technical questions got very specific, I said I couldn't say any more due to confidentiality and security restrictions. They immediately wrapped up the questioning and started talking about when I could start and hinting at how much they would pay me, even offering some minimal relocation expenses. It turns out they paid as poorly as my current employer and the relocation expenses was an advance on my salary which I would have to pay back over a year. I made excuses about catching the last train (I actually drove down) and made an exit. A random guy working in the office was assigned to escort me off site and I chatted with him. He quite openly referred to the company as interesting to work for when things went well for but a "skinflint" operation who often fired people who complained too much and that things hadn't been going well recently.

I obviously didn't take the job and, in less than a year, the company went bankrupt and were bought out by a foreign rival. Maybe I could have saved them with my technical knowledge and amazing code skills, but probably not.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.

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