The next time you seek a career advice on a social platform, make sure your prospective boss doesn’t see it. An engineer found out that social media is not the best place to discuss future career options after his post on Quora discussing the benefits of a job at Zenefits vs Uber, resulted in him losing the offer at Zenefits.
It began like this. The engineer posted a question regarding his doubts to join Uber or Zenefits, both start-ups in San Francisco. For some reason, he also put along a list of pros and cons of the two companies and bits of his interviews with the two but still needed an advise.
In his post, the engineer was clearly leaning towards Uber, because he thought it had “a really good reputation” and that it could help land the next job at “Google and Apple.” However Uber wasn’t really desperate to hire him and were not really offering a decent salary package.
On the other hand, with Zenefits he was getting a higher pay package but he felt that it didn’t have “buzzword like Uber” and that it “isn’t as exciting a brand name to have on your resume when applying to the likes of Google.”
Also he said that, “Zenefits seems to be really aggressive in trying to keep me. They have tried really hard to make me choose them over Uber. And they are paying me a better salary by about 15k (where Uber completely refused to negotiate).”
Unfortunately for him, Parker Conrad, CEO of Zenefits read his post and wasn’t too happy. He wrote in a reply, “Definitely not Zenefits,” adding that the company was was revoking its job offer, but later replaced that part as it was not fair to make it public.
Quartz quoted Conrad as saying in his reply to engineer, “Mostly, it seems like where you really want to work is Google (“I think that [Zenefits] isn’t as exciting a brand name to have on your resume when applying to the likes of Google.”). You should just apply there.”
Lesson from this whole incident: Best not to post about job offers on social media as even CEOs are online these days.