Hacking Startups

Jun 18 2008

Would you work with micromanaging boss, no salary, and all your work thrown away?

If you think the coming nuclear winter will make job market tough for employees, you need to hear about the job offer my daughter got recently.

The job has:

  • $0 salary and no equity (you’re supposed to be compensated in experience)
  • no benefits other than vacation and sick time: no insurance, for example
  • no possibility of promotion or raise, ever
  • no job description: just do what you’re told
  • micromanaging boss asks about project status every hour
  • strict hours, starting at 8:30AM sharp
  • if you’re late even a few minutes, your boss sends you to her boss
  • rigid workweek, but then you’re expected to work from home a ton
  • open-desk seating, not even a cube, with a hard chair
  • the work is boring and demeaning, like adding digits and copying text
  • all your useless work gets thrown away
  • if you want to use a computer, you can buy one or just scribble on paper
  • no supplies room, either
  • my daughter can’t drive, so commute was complicated
  • can’t even put the job on your resume until you work there for a decade

I wish this was a joke or I was making it up.

Having consulted with me, my daughter of course rejected this ridiculous offer and is now just working on side projects while looking for a better opportunity.

But millions of other seven-year-olds accepted identical offers.