Well, if you’ve been following Toronto Tech Jobs for a while, you’ll know that I posted a job for an Agile Web Development Manager for FreshBooks and a reader applied and got the job. As a result of that, FreshBooks offered me the bounty they had publicized for referrals.
I took some time to think about it. Does accepting a bounty for a job I posted bias me, affect the way I deal with postings from that company or compromise my credibility? Would it affect my ability to select job opportunities to post? Would readers care?
In this particular case, does the bounty affect my opinion of FreshBooks? Possibly, although I think the fact that FreshBooks offered me a bounty (that I didn’t demand, request, nor was motivated by) is probably more pleasing than the financial value (although certainly the latter has its moments). I take this as a further sign that they’re a pretty interesting employer, that they’re interested in making good on their own choices even if it has some cost to them. Even if it’s just enlightened self-interest, there are lots of companies that don’t seem to be able to muster that.
I also need to consider that what I’m offering here is as much opinion as it is anything else, and anyone who believe their opinions are free from bias is probably just fooling themselves. That said, I’m wary of stepping onto the proverbial slippery slope. So far there don’t seem to be an avalanche of potential employers beating down my door with offers of secret kickbacks for luring in unsuspecting developers, but it’s hard to know what the future holds.
I’ve decided for the time being that I’m okay with something that encourages me to put more effort into Toronto Technology Jobs. Something that helps to offset the cost to my spare time. I’m not always sure where Toronto Tech Jobs is likely to go, but finding ways to make it pay for itself (and the effort that goes into it) is something I’ll have to face sooner or later. Accepting a bounty for a job that I’ve already posted and that someone has filled based on reading that posting seems fairly innocuous for now.
So — opinions? I’m happy to hear feedback on this subject one way or the other, it’ll help to inform my decisions should this arise in the future.