Don't get lured like me - Scam company experience
So I thought this was fairly common and industry well knew about this. But I decided to share so that people don't fall into the same situation like I was (or at least spot something down in this industry).
I'm originally from non-tech field. I majored in some other engineering principles and worked for non-tech related company for non tech position.
I started learning because I wanted to work for tech after getting a bit sick of my first job. Learned, apply for different places and one day I was offered a job from this company after a phone interview.
I should have known back then it was kind of weird that they offer a job after a phone interview only. But I was happy at that time and desperate for a tech job.
They lured with me a training but never told me about the "business model" they were into. All I knew was that it's a consulting company that sends their people to different companies.
After some initial training they told me to sign some contract, which basically says "You will have to pay 1k a month if you choose to breach the contract before the contract period ends" blah blah.
So I signed that. After a few months, the trainer finally tells the truth blatantly saying, "Well I hope you guys realized that we will be faking your resume to 5~6 years and will send you to different companies". I was stunned. I wasn't sure how the kind of activity was permitted in the States.
At first I thought she was joking. Turns out they really started to push me to write a fake experience. All the jobs that they were going for was this multi-layered contract-to-contract position. They assign this person who basically will be putting all the resumes and upload it, contact other recruiters (also seeming to know what is going on) and fetch different interviews.
All the references were provided within the company. I have seen that they were faking visa status and heard changing birth date in DL of some young fresh graduate to compensate that age/exp difference.
I was scared about the contract that I signed. I didn't have the job, and I had no ability to pay for it. But I felt really uncomfortable and depressed. I really didn't want to tell my parents about the situations because I told them I'm going into the field that I wanted. They were against/doubted because I wasn't from the tech background.
In the end I had to. I told my parents about the situation. My parents were really supportive, asking people around and talking to the lawyer they know, etc.
Now I'm working for legitimate companies after coming out from it. Just did Amazon interview and got a verbal offer that I dreamed of. Everything is green, sort of. But I'm still worried about this thing coming up from my past experience, anxious and agitated. Smoking cigarettes again that I quit about a year ago.
So non tech people who tries to join tech field. Be aware. Do research on the company. It's better off going to the boot camp if you have to. Make a wise decision. Don't be naive like me.
To people with visa status, I don't know what to tell you. I know it's limited. But in my opinion it really isn't worth it selling your conscience over it. But I don't know because I'm not in that position. Nevertheless, I wish you make a wise decision.
Thanks for reading.