I’ve mentioned Direct Leap before, as some of you will remember. Recently, Simon Rowland of Direct Leap has posted to the comment threads in previous posts and sent me a few emails to try and share his side of the story, and I’ve been doing some re-examination of what I know, what others have said, and what I’ve said, and it seems worth trying again to be as clear as I can. It’s hard to be really clear in this scenario, because I don’t know much and what I’ve heard is both suspect and confidential.
What I Know
Nothing. I haven’t worked with Direct Leap or Simon personally. I’ve heard several stories from both sides now, and I don’t have anywhere near enough evidence to form an opinion, let alone suggest that the matter is clear.
What I’ve Heard
I have heard a caution from more than one source that claims to have had dealings with Direct Leap that didn’t go well. Each of these sources has talked to me claiming that they hope I can protect others from going through the same. It’s motivated by that desire that I’ve been moved to talk about a subject about which I know nothing.
Simon Rowlands, acting on behalf of Direct Leap, argues, as you might expect, that these sources aren’t to be trusted and may be suspect in motive. Perhaps more interestingly, I’ve also heard from another unrelated source that it’s not black and white and that there’s enough blame to go around, and that potential sources might also have axes to grind.
What I’ve Said
Mostly, I’ve just tried to communicate that I’ve heard some things that give me pause, and that if you’re considering working with Direct Leap, you should do your research. I’ve used a lot more words than that, but I hope that’s what it comes down to.
It’s true that everyone in this mess is probably biased in some way, the more so the more directly they’re connected. Even though I’m not connected in any tangible way, I’m trying to err on the side of the candidate, since that’s really why I’m talking about Tech Jobs in Toronto. That is itself a bias, though, and one that factors into my willingness to say anything at all, but also something to bear in mind when considering Direct Leap.
What Does That All Mean?
Not a lot. This is the breakdown, as I see it:
- I’ve heard some negative things thrown towards Direct Leap and towards people who once worked for direct leap in some way.
- I don’t have any evidence or first-hand knowledge with which to confirm or deny the things I’ve heard.
- Business relationships can be complicated and messy, particularly when things go wrong.
- Most of the people involved in this discussion has a bias and an agenda, even if they don’t mean to.
What am I not suggesting?
- That I recommended that anyone should definitely work for, or not work for, Direct Leap.
- That Direct Leap is a good or bad employer.
What am I suggesting?
- Anyone considering working for Direct Leap should try and do research before getting too involved.
- Talk to your friends, put out feelers and find out what you can.
- Talk to the company, talk to past employees and contractors, if you can find them.
- Frankly, that’s the same advice I’d give you about any company you’re considering working for.
I’m not sure I can be any more clear than that. As always, I’m happy for Friends and Foes of Direct Leap to get their words in edgewise below, because my opinion, even when I don’t have one, is not the only word in the subject. Similarly, if you have a question that I can answer, I’ll give it a crack.
I’m also going to go back over what I’d written previously and make sure I haven’t erred to much in one direction or another, but I consider this to be the most complete statement on the subject anyway.