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July 11th, 2002


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02:17 pm - Conflict of Interest?
Hmm. Hire date is today or tomorrow. Discussed salary: I'm not as cool as trurl, for now, but make the same as my coworker (MS in CS) and the previous person in my job. And enough to afford my new apartment. Soon after, I just received an email from an associate head of CS looking for a letter of recommendation... for my "new" boss. Hmmm. update: got offer letter. start date is tomorrow.

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From:ex_trurl
Date:July 11th, 2002 11:38 am (UTC)
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By not as cool, you mean you aren't making as much as I was?

I'm assuming this is something from Burks? From what I've heard, is that the candidate can give them a list of names of people to consult and then they randomly select the rest from course rosters.
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From:daemonv
Date:July 11th, 2002 01:40 pm (UTC)
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yes.

Yeah -- I've done numerous recommendation letters at this point, but mostly for Chemistry people. I'm not sure if I was picked or whatnot, but I have taken 3 classes with him, which increases those odds. Interestingly enough, my coworker did not. And it sounded phrased like "as a student of his" not "a one of his code monkeys".
From:ex_trurl
Date:July 11th, 2002 02:17 pm (UTC)
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So you're saying that I was getting paid more than a person with a masters? Wow. I guess the key is to not realize you're asking for too much.

Well, I don't think you need to worry about the ethics of this. It's confidential, so if you say bad things, you can't lose your job. And it is expected that he is going to nominate at least a few people who are working or have worked for him.
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From:daemonv
Date:July 11th, 2002 02:21 pm (UTC)
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I think he had more money when you were there. I get the sense that molspice was big money, but he's mostly drifted away from it.

I'm not worried about the ethics. It was just amusing. And I'm kind of in favor of him getting promoted, if only so he's still around for the year. :)
From:ex_trurl
Date:July 11th, 2002 02:27 pm (UTC)
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I suppose that makes sense. Seth doesn't seem like the sort to abandon a probject with that kind of money behind it.

You seriously think he would pack his bags that quickly if passed up for promotion?

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