Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Time to Lawyer up? (Updated 3/2/08)

Rumor has it that the ITS companies are out to snuff out unfavorable comments on the web... Guess it's cheaper to hire a lawyer than actually deliver a quality product.

So for the heck of it, i went to one of the sites and started poking around - same site basically as it's been for a while. Same sort of material as 2 years ago. Then i hit a page with some of the "shareholders." Not sure what the heck a shareholder means in this context, but i decided to cross check the names (which use only the last initial to protect the innocent i'm sure) against those names mentioned in the comments on this blog. And can you believe it, i found that that's a lot of the same folks who've been mentioned as being managing directors, etc. For those keeping score, they're Norris P, Paul B, Lynette D, Tom K, Tom S, Sue S, Carol R, and Gordon R. So now i'm thinking (speculating of course), those are the guys who've been around the longest - they probably run the show. So which one looks like the "heavy"? I'm thinking it's Sue or Paul.

Anyone else heard anything about these guys trying to stifle bad publicity?

Update: Looks like the rumors are true... See this post for the muzzle letter i got (and my response)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

ITS Agreement

As luck would have it, i was able to get my hands on the current agreement (good thing since the old link i had is broken.)

It looks pretty much the same except point 13 is new (summary: "don't complain if you don't get a job.") And of course the last page is the money shot (summary: "doesn't matter what we've promised you up till now, this is what the deal is.")

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Help tell the story of McKenzie Scott, usajobmarket, ITS

Over the past year, there's been a lot of traffic to the posts on McKenzie-Scott (or their other apparent pseudonyms). The comments on the post represents a tiny fraction of a percent of the traffic that has visited the posts.
Traffic seems to come from two key sources:
- google (of course)
- (there's some posts there that reference these pages)

From scanning these sources, it's obvious that the McKenzie Scott business model is still alive and kicking and finding many willing customers. (IMO) that's a shame - as time has passed and i've thought more about my experience, my disgust with their practices has hardened. The feedback by all those reading the posts has always been "thank god i read this - i was about to sign up." I can't help but thinking about all the folks who didn't have the information before jumping in.

So with that said, i'd like to do my part to provide info to those looking to find out more. Some of the links (like to the agreement) in the original posts are dead. If there's anyone out there who has copies or links that i can put up, please let me know (or add to the comments). Of if anyone has additional stories that would be useful to share, i'll be happy to post them.

BTW - in case anyone cares, i landed just fine. I got a job in a small IT group without the help of any headhunter or agency.

UPDATE (3/31/2013): See latest legal actions.

UPDATE: Here's a website of someone who went farther in the process -

UPDATE: Looks like the site no longer exists