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HR departments: creepy.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Peter McFerrin, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. My brother mentioned yesterday that his firm's HR department found his profile on Monster.com, because he forgot to anonymize it. They said, though, that because of his credentials (he has a very uncommon degree, the Master's in Financial Engineering from Berkeley) they would have found his profile sooner or later. The company is dangling all sorts of carrots at him to try to get him to stay, but I think this also means that he will be treated more harshly in the event of a screw-up than he would have otherwise.

    But yeah, the HR department at his company writes scripts to look for its employees on job boards by doing searches on combinations of credentials that are clearly unique to that individual. Is this genuinely creepy, or am I just paranoid because of insufficient sleep? :bag:
  2. Diggler


    Mar 3, 2005
    Western PA
    Happy employees don't leave the company. Maybe they should look at why they have a higher turnover rate and find ways to fix it... I am assuming they have a high turnover rate because it would be hard to justify the expense of writing scripts unless they were losing employees.

    However, I always have a profile on Monster whether I'm content with my job or not. No matter how good you think you have it, there may be another job out there even better. The degree to which you job search should be inversely proportianal to the level of happiness to your job but you should always keep your eyes open for better opportunities.
  3. Herman


    Dec 25, 2005
    Lynchburg, VA
    It's common practice for HR departments to scan Monster and other job search boards for new recruits. While doing this, it's not uncommon for them to run across some of their own employees. Writing search scripts for Monster isn't that time consuming so I doubt there's a huge expense involved but it seems unusual that an HR department would spend time trying to find their company's employees on a job board. Did they tell your brother that this is what they were doing or did they just run across his profile while in search of new recruits?
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    My boss scans online job banks like Monster to see if any of us are fishing for another job. He's paranoid.

  5. jive1

    jive1 Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    You shouldn't be worried if the HR department is doing a scan on a job board. Recruiting is part of their job.

    But, if your direct supervisor is searching job boards to see if people are looking for work, then it's a little creepy.

    Besides, IT folks can usually determine if someone is looking for another job while at work by looking at firewall logs. IT guys are the ones to fear. :ninja:
  6. Yeah, that's probably the right view of things. I'm hoping my brother has been prudent enough to keep his Monster activity at home.
  7. It's financial services. Turnover is gonna be high, period. The amount of money being thrown around ensures it.
  8. westland


    Oct 8, 2004
    Hong Kong
    That's actually the hot degree in finance now ... Berkeley has a good program; the top program is MIT's, which was started by Andrew Lo and his group. I can see why your brother is in demand.

    HR departments regularly do this sort of stuff... usually the initiative and decision to spy comes from line management though. HR just ends up with a lot of the dirty work.

    I have mixed feelings in general about the much-loathed HR Dept ( ... headed by the Evil Catbert :help: ). They have an unenviable job ... but my experience is (if I may stereotype) that they are also insincere cynics, sloppy thinkers, and untrustworthy syncophants. HR may be populated by lower life-forms, but they do deserve some sympathy nonetheless.
  9. No, the ones to truly fear are what I call, "The Pale Ones." These are a sub-spieces of human. Which is strange, because they cannot propagate. While they have all the equipment for it, they all seem to be males.

    Pale Ones usually live to be about 35. They live in shadowy, damp places, like parents basements. They shun things like physical activity and natural light. In some ways they are like bats. But without the cool ears.

    Their natural habitat is the internet. These are the ones that look at all your files, make copies of your nasty e-mails, and pose at 15 year old girls in chat rooms. They are akin to trolls, but much more vile. Do not anger them, or you will wake up one day with no money, no job, and the police coming after you with child porn charges.

    Sorry, I kinda went off on a tangent there. What were we talking about again?

    Rock on
  10. My ex-boss once not only found my resume online, but told me to change what it said to be less clear about what I was actually doing for the company.
  11. "Human Resources" is a pretty creepy term all by itself.

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