Recruiter Hall of Shame

List of "Bad Egg" Recruiters and Recruiting Firms

This is a list of recruiters and recruiting firms which made unsolicited recruiting calls, and/or sent recruiting email which demonstrated a — generally profound — lack of understanding of my résumé. My take is that this constitutes a list of the names of people and firms which neither side of the recruiting equation should consider using. The names listed are generally based on self-identification, as conveyed via voice or in email headers.

This page was started in November of 2013 (with a small amount of information from earlier in 2013 added retroactively). I do my best to maintain its accuracy, however I make no iron-clad guarantee.

Date Recruiter Recruiting Firm Hiring Firm Perceived Infraction(s) Note(s)
2-jan-2018 Travis Tate Coinbase, coinbase.com boilerplate email
10-jan-2018 Miryame Krogmeier Pandora, pandora.com boilerplate email
15-jan-2018 Darren Koontz Quest Groups, questgroups.com Metromile, metromile.com; and Foursquare, foursquare.com boilerplate email
23-jan-2018 Raechel Paine Coda, coda.io boilerplate email
26-jan-2018 Raechel Paine Coda, coda.io boilerplate email
29-jan-2018 Parul Dhingra LinkedIn, linkedin.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
30-jan-2018 Nikesh Mistry Ace Hires, acehires.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
31-jan-2018 Marty Greenia Facebook, fb.com unsolicited invite to recruiting event; no unsubscribe link (c)
1-feb-2018 Raechel Paine Coda, coda.io boilerplate email
5-feb-2018 Sean Ellis Iterable, iterable.com boilerplate email
6-feb-2018 Nikesh Mistry Ace Hires, acehires.com SignalFx, signalfx.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
7-feb-2018 Sean Ellis Iterable, iterable.com boilerplate email
15-feb-2018 Brian Tang Pure, purestorage.com boilerplate email
20-feb-2018 Andy Fang DoorDash, doordash.com boilerplate email (c)
26-feb-2018 Brian Tang Pure, purestorage.com boilerplate email
28-feb-2018 Rebecca Rinke Lyft, lyft.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
7-mar-2018 Adam Berson Adobe, adobe.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
8-mar-2018 Neha Sovani Houzz, houzz.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
8-mar-2018 Brian Tang Pure, purestorage.com boilerplate email
9-mar-2018 Bryan Spears Andiamo Partners, andiamogo.com Jet, jet.com; HBO, hbo.com; and Bloomberg, bloomberg.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
12-mar-2018 Julie Nguyen Tesla, tesla.com boilerplate email
20-mar-2018 Blair Lewis Dfinity, dfinity.org boilerplate email
21-mar-2018 George Sleiman Looker, looker.com boilerplate email
28-mar-2018 Ian Lyubinski Talentkast, talentkast.com Alation, alation.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
28-mar-2018 Brian Tang Pure, purestorage.com boilerplate email (c)
29-mar-2018 Tim Wenzel The Alyst Group, thealystgroup.com Zume Pizza, zumepizza.com boilerplate email
4-apr-2018 Josephine Nguyen Sift Science, siftscience.com boilerplate email
6-apr-2018 Brian Aspland Skipper Chat, skipper.chat boilerplate email
11-apr-2018 Josephine Nguyen Sift Science, siftscience.com boilerplate email
17-apr-2018 Jack Shravan up2date Technology Solutions, up2datetechsol.com eInfochips, einfochips.com surreptitious LinkedIn connection request
17-apr-2018 Prince Martin up2date Technology Solutions, up2datetechsol.com eInfochips, einfochips.com cold call, boilerplate email
18-apr-2018 Josephine Nguyen Sift Science, siftscience.com boilerplate email
17-apr-2018 Ben Markowitz Techees, techees.com Cruise Automation, getcruise.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
25-apr-2018 Prasad Garimalla 3i People, 31people.com State of Colorado boilerplate email
30-apr-2018 Eric Amemiya Clover, cloverhealth.com boilerplate email
1-may-2018 Vincent Vallente III Helix, helix.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
3-may-2018 Josephine Nguyen Sift Science, siftscience.com boilerplate email
3-may-2018 Eric Amemiya Clover, cloverhealth.com boilerplate email
7-may-2018 Mr. M— R— d—.org borderline boilerplate email (a)
8-may-2018 Eric Amemiya Clover, cloverhealth.com boilerplate email (c)
29-may-2018 Chantz Staden S&A Associates, s-aassociates.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
4-jun-2018 Fadi Hindi Box, box.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
5-jun-2018 Mike Chiang Tesla, tesla.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
7-jun-2018 Kate Castillo CodeFights, codefights.com boilerplate email (d)
10-jun-2018 Doc Williams Bolt, bolt.com boilerplate email
12-jun-2018 Kate Castillo CodeFights, codefights.com boilerplate email
19-jun-2018 Matthew Barg Embodied, embodied.me boilerplate email via LinkedIn
25-jun-2018 Thomas Jenkins RoboRecruiter, roborecruiter.ai boilerplate email
25-jun-2018 Rama Chakravarthy New Relic, newrelic.com boilerplate email
13-jul-2018 Ethan Rousso Quantitative Systems, quantitativesystems.com boilerplate email
16-jul-2018 Simon Williams Cross Creek Systems, xcreek.com boilerplate email
17-jul-2018 Ethan Rousso Quantitative Systems, quantitativesystems.com boilerplate email
18-jul-2018 Elena Kovalenko Zhukonet Jobs, zhukonetjobs.org boilerplate email
18-jul-2018 Dylan Knox Ettain Group, ettaingroup.com Bank of America, bankofamerica.com boilerplate email
24-jul-2018 Stacy Au-yang Amplitude Analytics, amplitude.com boilerplate email
30-jul-2018 Jamie Tarver Quest Groups, questgroups.com Motionloft, motionloft.com boilerplate email
30-jul-2018 Greg Jones Amplitude, amplitude.engineering boilerplate email via LinkedIn
31-jul-2018 Spencer Houskeeper Thumbtack, thumbtack.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
1-aug-2018 Justin Hopper Mythic AI, mythic-ai.com borderline boilerplate email
5-aug-2018 Justin Hopper Mythic AI, mythic-ai.com boilerplate email
7-aug-2018 Spencer Houskeeper Thumbtack, thumbtack.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
11-aug-2018 Justin Hopper Mythic AI, mythic-ai.com boilerplate email
14-aug-2018 Spencer Houskeeper Thumbtack, thumbtack.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
16-aug-2018 Cedric Hayes Yahoo / Oath, yahoo.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
23-aug-2018 Patrick Rose CommandScape, commandscape.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
31-aug-2018 Henry Chen eatsa, eatsa.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
4-sep-2018 Joe Xavier Grammarly, grammarly.com boilerplate email
7-sep-2018 Joe Xavier Grammarly, grammarly.com boilerplate email
10-sep-2018 Joe Xavier Grammarly, grammarly.com boilerplate email
14-sep-2018 Priya Tripathi ITCO Solutions, itcosolutions.com boilerplate email
21-sep-2018 Taylor Hughes Facebook, fb.com boilerplate email
2-oct-2018 Subha Alwarswamy Byton, byton.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
3-oct-2018 Brooke Marston Coinbase, coinbase.com near-boilerplate email
5-oct-2018 Stephanie Nguyen Facebook, fb.com boilerplate email
9-oct-2018 Jesslyn Webb Workbridge Associates, workbridgeassociates.com Mastercard, mastercard.com cold call, boilerplate email
9-oct-2018 Patrick Lee Roblox, roblox.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
9-oct-2018 Maren Kruger Riviera Partners, rivierapartners.com Instacart, Robinhood, and Cruise Automation boilerplate email
10-oct-2018 Veronica Velasco Dropbox, dropbox.com boilerplate email
19-oct-2018 Cassie Chao Sonder, sonder.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
22-oct-2018 Danielle Abramov LinkedIn, linkedin.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
22-oct-2018 Maren Kruger Riviera Partners, rivierapartners.com boilerplate email
23-oct-2018 Rebecca Rinke Dote, doteshopping.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
24-oct-2018 Veronica Velasco Dropbox, dropbox.com boilerplate email via LinkedIn
29-oct-2018 Maren Kruger Riviera Partners, rivierapartners.com boilerplate email
30-oct-2018 Veronica Velasco Dropbox, dropbox.com boilerplate email

Notes

"Bad Eggs" from previous years:


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