Frugality - What to do?

Cognizant / Eng
!false

Cognizant Eng

PRE
Google, Microsoft, amazon, Dropbox, Lyft, Uber
!falsemore
Feb 13 21 Comments

Potential employer asked me to board a flight (sponsored) for 3 hours and attend on-site interview directly without any accommodation or reimbursement for expenses.

Should I insist on reimbursements?
Should I go either way?

New grad here with 3+ experience..
Employer - start up with 60 employees

comments

Want to comment? LOG IN or SIGN UP
TOP 21 Comments
  • Airbnb wise taco
    Interviewing is like dating and the job is like a marriage. If they're treating you like that now, expect bad things if you go work there.
    Feb 13 1
    • Cognizant / Eng
      !false

      Cognizant Eng

      PRE
      Google, Microsoft, amazon, Dropbox, Lyft, Uber
      !falsemore
      OP
      It's service based..Which makes me think twice...Won't join . . .Bt got zero offers in hand..Kind of desperate . .
      Feb 13
  • F5 Networks RRA
    This is deeply unethical conduct. You can insist on reimbursement, but the better course would be to find a different employer.
    Feb 13 5
    • F5 Networks RRA
      Hmm. True. OP, is this a tech startup or a fledgling trucking company?
      Feb 13
    • Cognizant / Eng
      !false

      Cognizant Eng

      PRE
      Google, Microsoft, amazon, Dropbox, Lyft, Uber
      !falsemore
      OP
      It's a start up service based firm . .
      Feb 13
  • Ironclad
    ⌐(ಠ۾ಠ)¬

    Ironclad

    BIO
    leave me the f alone
    ⌐(ಠ۾ಠ)¬more
    Do you want to join a company that is this frugal?
    Feb 13 1
    • Cognizant / Eng
      !false

      Cognizant Eng

      PRE
      Google, Microsoft, amazon, Dropbox, Lyft, Uber
      !falsemore
      OP
      I don't . . Bt right now don't have another offer . .Thinking of leveraging this later on . .
      Feb 13
  • Amazon readme.q
    Sounds sketchy.
    I would pass.

    It’s not only 3 hours , it’s getting to an airport , flying , landing , getting to the office interviewing getting to the airport and back home with no reimbursement.
    So it’s a minimum of 4 ubers and two - three restaurants
    I ain’t covering that for a potential employer.

    They want to be frugal? Interview on skype.
    They want to do an on site? Than put up the money.

    For a compny it’s small change.
    Especially if they work with a recruitment agency.
    But for me as a candidate? Pass. I don’t need to spend around 200$ for shuffling around in airports and having the “honor” of interviewing.

    Regardless of that being the only opportunity - this just shows company has very bad decision making on spending money.
    Feb 13 0
  • Microsoft isp1
    I have had multiple startups telling me the same thing. It is not unethical. They are cash constraint. Don’t expect them to treat you the same way as an established company would.
    Feb 13 3
    • Amazon readme.q
      (Worked at a couple of startups - grew with one of them from 5 people in an apartment to 150 people , 5 international locations and 10s of millions of daily users)
      Feb 13
    • Cognizant / Eng
      !false

      Cognizant Eng

      PRE
      Google, Microsoft, amazon, Dropbox, Lyft, Uber
      !falsemore
      OP
      @isp1 . . .So interview me virtually . .I'm just a student...They r killing me of 200 bucks atleast . .
      Feb 13
  • You get a ton of valuable information about a company by their behavior during the interview process...

    They are on their best behavior when courting a candidate. Think about it that way....
    Feb 13 1
    • Amazon readme.q
      This 👌 couldn’t have said it better
      Feb 13
  • Apple MzFj76
    Is your flight back on the same day? If they’re flying you back on another day then it’s very unprofessional to not already have a hotel ready for you
    Feb 13 2
    • Cognizant / Eng
      !false

      Cognizant Eng

      PRE
      Google, Microsoft, amazon, Dropbox, Lyft, Uber
      !falsemore
      OP
      Flying me back later in the evening . . . What hurts me is flying in formals for 3 hrs...Sweating out all day...Spending another 4-5 hrs gng back home . . All in FORMALS 😢
      Feb 13
    • Yeah that’s rough. Ask them if they can accommodate you for one night so you can check out the city. If they say no that’s pretty shitty of them...just depends on how desperate you are
      Feb 13
  • Walmart / Other kaleen_b
    Why don't you ask for accomodations and their reimbursement policy and see what you get back before travelling. You'll have better j formation to work off of. Good luck. I would pass though...
    Feb 13 0

Salary
Comparison

    Real time salary information from verified employees