DES ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS DECEIVES THEIR INTERVIEW CANDIDATES – COMPLIMENTS OF BRANDI QUIRARTE

Have you ever wanted to waste your time and money?  Have you ever wanted to be anti-sustainable by wasting your precious time interviewing at architecture and engineering firms for jobs that do not even exist?  Well, now you can by applying as a Structural Engineer at DES Architects and Engineers, located with Redwood City, CA, with a new office in San Francisco, CA.

A Candidate contacted the Structural Stupidists about his/her interview experience with DES Architects and Engineers.  This Candidate received an email from DES.  So the Candidate showed up and met with Structural Engineering Manager Tom Parrish and Brandi Quirarte.  The Candidate presented the Structural Stupidists with their business cards.  The Candidate discussed his/her qualifications with Tom Parrish. During the interview, Tom Parrish told the Candidate DES Architects and Engineers was forced to turn down work because they had too much work to do.  Brandi Quirarte told the Candidate about the benefits of the firm.  It sounded like Brandi Quirarte was leading the Candidate on.

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Before the interview even started, Brandi Quirarte asked the Candidate for the completed application.  This application had information about the Candidate’s references.  The Candidate put a few down such as code officials that reviewed that person’s work.  Brandi Quirarte promised that DES Architects and Engineers would get back to the Candidate right away.  Brandi Quirarte did, folks, with a rejection phone call stating that DEA Architects and Engineers needed to re-evaulate the position.  Re-evaluate the position?  What does this mean necessarily?  Did Brandi Quirarte act unethically by posting an ad for a job that does not exist?  You betcha!  Obviously, many people believe horses are smarter than Brandi Quirarte!  Just look at the horse below!  Brandi Quirarte is quite a dingdong because she fails to wear a helmet!  Maybe she wants to be like Christopher Reeves someday!

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We have decided to post the ad for the position they posted on their website.  Guess what?  It looks fine to us!  It seems like a normal day for a structural engineer, folks.  And this Candidate was licensed as one in the state of California.

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Yes, folks, Brandy Quirarte is a lying sack of crap.  If she lies this much when it comes to interviewing people for non-existent positions, we can only imagine what it is like to work for DES Architects and Engineers.  The reason they had this Candidate interview is because they wanted to get free marketing leads without doing any actual work.  If Brandi Quirarte did, she feels she might contribute to the eventual heat-death of the universe!

THE REAL MOTIVE BEHIND THE DES EMPLOYMENT RACQUET

Also, we believe DES Architects and Engineers is doing this to get cheaper workers by using the H1B Visa program.  Let us tell you how this scam works!  DES posts ads for positions all over Craigslist and their website claiming they need help.  Then people apply.  These people interview for the position and they get to be told they are not a fit.  So then DES hires lawyer to file H1B visa applicants to get much cheaper help.  This helps DES Architects and Engineers achieve a much lower overhead. What these people failed to realize is that it has exposed them for the unethical employer that they are.  See below the copies of the H1B Visa Applications they filed.

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DES ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS NEEDS TO CHANGE THEIR VALUES TO REFLECT REALITY

We believe that DES needs to reword their website to truly reflect their actual culture and values.  So let us take a shot at this:

 

DES is committed to the professional growth of every employee and establishes an individual Career Development Plan for all employees. DES does this at the expense of others.  DES uses job interviews to come up with ideas for their employees to grow.  Think of this as free consulting.  Each employee receives an annual career development stipend complete with paid training hours. A program has been designed specifically for professional licensing which we refer to as “Licensing Track”. The company provides study resources, support, motivation, training and mock exam testing for the employees, as well as reimbursement for fees and a licensing bonus. DES even uses employment ads to mock interviews on job candidates to get ideas for their future jobs because they are incapable of coming up with any of their own.

 

Also incorporated in the Career Development program are project site visits, vendor presentation lunches, lessons learned seminars/events and design charettes.  Let’s not forget the phony interviews DES subjects their candidates to so they can get free engineering design, architectural design, and marketing ideas.

 

We take health and wellness very seriously. Our Fitness Factor program was established in 2003 and we use a seasonal approach by introducing a schedule of activities each quarter. We believe that fitness is comprised of five basic areas: physical, financial, emotional, sustainable and community. We also provide employees with a monthly fitness stipend.  Of course, DES wants their potential candidates to do heavy lifting so they can keep their financial health at the expense of others.  Think of DES as that new fungus that leaches onto their job candidates until they give up their advantages.

 

We encourage our employees to establish a healthy work/life balance while taking it away from the people who visit through our door. We offer flexible hours to accommodate individual needs. We also support both corporate and individual volunteerism with a “give back” philosophy because we are too busy taking away from the interview candidates who walk through our doors.

Our Little Things program is designed to provide assistance and help to relieve stress in our employee’s personal lives, offering services such as valet dry cleaning, commuter programs, health fairs and rental car discounts.  Notice how they do not mean potential candidates because they are too busy stealing their ideas.

  1. Thomas Gilman says: “A key factor in successful projects is the selection of the right design professional – a dependable partner that creates an environment to reflect your ideals and goals.”Unfortunately, these people at DES Architects and Engineers  are lying sacks of crap.  Think of DES as a Jim Jones cult for the 21st century!

 

 

RUTHERFORD + CHEKENE CAUGHT DECEIVING THEIR INTERVIEW CANDIDATES – COMPLIMENTS OF DAVID BLEIMAN, PATRICK RYAN, BRETT LIZUNDIA, PRISCILLA CASTRO & HELEN FEHR

Rutherford + Chekene Caught Deceiving Their Interview Candidates

We would not believe it for ourselves, but we just discovered a structural engineering firm that could be run by the people of the fictional planet Ferenginar because they value money/capitalism and unethical behavior over their reputation of their firm.  This firm is called Rutherford + Chekene.  For those who have never heard of R+C, they design hospitals, universities, biotech buildings, and several museums.  Many people will know their work such as the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Monterey Bay Aquarium (as featured in Star Trek IV) and the Pixar Animation Studios (home to Toy Story & The Incredibles).

The Candidate applied for their ad.  As many people in California know, Rutherford + Chekene has a stellar reputation for their structural engineering services.  So this Candidate was excited to apply for this ad.  We have posted the ad so you can see it for yourselves.

Rutherford + Chekene

R+C is one of the foremost engineering practices in California, providing structural and geotechnical engineering. Established in 1960, we are committed to hands-on involvement with our clients, and to maintaining a friendly and welcoming in-office atmosphere.

Our new building portfolio includes significant collaborations with internationally acclaimed architects on a variety of building types. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide creative and practical solutions that support great architectural visions. Our services also include seismic evaluations and retrofits of existing buildings. We have many new and exciting projects in the institutional and commercial sectors, both here in the U.S., and abroad.

  • RECENT AWARDS:
    o Hollister Courthouse | SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Merit, New Construction, 2016
    o LBNL Chu Hall (Solar Energy Research Center) | AIA SF Design Awards 2016, Honor Award
    o UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Redevelopment | SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Merit, Retrofit/Alteration, 2016
    o Stanford Energy System Innovations (Replacement Central Energy Facility) | SEAONC, Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Merit, Infrastructure, 2016 & AIA SF Design Awards 2016, Honor Award & ENR’s “Best of the Best” Energy/Industrial Project of the Year
    o SFO New Air Traffic Control Tower | SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Award of Excellence, Landmark, 2016
  • EXCITING/RECENT PROJECTS:
    o New Hospital Bed Tower in Fresno
    o New Childcare and Office Buildings for Biopharmaceutical Client in the Peninsula
    o San Francisco International Airport, New Boarding Area B & Terminal 1 Renovation
    o Over 1 million square feet of new commercial laboratory buildings for BMR(Black Rock) at Foster City, South San Francisco and Fremont
    o UCSF Mission Bay Precision Cancer Center
    o Google TI work
    o Stanford Biomedical Innovation
    o San Jose Performing Arts
    o Frost Amphitheater at Stanford
    o UCSB Lecture Hall and Theatre
    We are seeking two Structural Engineers to join our team, to help us manage our growth and work on the next interesting projects. Build your career with us! If you are interested in joining a dynamic and growing team, we want to hear from you.

These are salaried, full time positions, with benefits.

Job Title: Senior Licensed Engineer/Project Manager

Job Start Date: Monday, September 12, 2016

Job Description:

  • POSITIONS OVERVIEW:

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER/PROJECT MANAGER
You will be working as part of a firm-wide team to manage and work on all aspects of engineering including analysis and design for a variety of high-profile projects. This is a great opportunity for a candidate eager to collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams, using cutting-edge technology and processes to deliver excellent design.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Manage the structural design effort for a variety of complex and interesting projects.
• Interact directly with design first world-class architects.
• Apply skills, knowledge and expertise to collaborate with all project team members to:
• Identify scope of services and required information and steps to meet project commitments.
• Obtain information, decisions and approvals as necessary to meet project commitments.
• Present engineering concepts and lead discussion of concerns with project team.
• Maintain awareness of applicable design standards, regulations and approval processes.
• Complete structural engineering design activities including review of applicable building codes, performing structural analysis and calculations, developing construction drawing and details, assembling project specifications, reviewing shop drawings and performing construction administration activities.
EXPERIENCE/SKILLS:
• 8-11 years of working experience in the structural engineering field.
• Experience designing building structures in concrete and steel.
• Experience with a variety of structural analysis software: ECAD, SAFE, RAM, ETABS, and SAP90.
• Ability to manage projects and engineering staff.
EDUCATION/CREDENTIALS:
• B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering or Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Structural.
• Master’s Degree a plus.
• SE Required.

  • ATTRIBUTES/CAPABILITIES:
    Candidates should have strong analytical, detailing, communication and interpersonal skills and should be able to develop and maintain good relationships with industry peers.

We are looking for employees who enjoy engaging with architects, owners, contractors, clients and other external team members.

We are seeking engineers who are able to jump into a project and start working immediately.

Ability to resolve issues and complete work per deadlines efficiently.

Ability to work well on a project team.

  • REWARDS/BENEFITS/COMPENSATION:

Rutherford + Chekene offers a competitive salary and benefits package: medical, dental and vision insurance, paid personal time off, 401(k) plan, and continuing education allowance. We believe in developing employees to be the best they can be in their professional life, with a genuine work-life balance. R+C is an equal opportunity employer.

END OF SEAONC AD

Folks, this sounds like a great ad from an engineering firm, but is it really?  One Candidate got this interesting email and (s)he got a response from Priscilla Castro, their HR person.  See below:

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From this email, it is obvious that Rutherford + Chekene did a bait & switch on this Candidate.  Instead of interviewing for the full time Structural Project Manager position they advertised, they decided to tell the Candidate the job would only be available for two months because Priscilla Castro mentions one specific job this person would be working on.  That is quite a big difference from their ad stating the positions were full-time.  Now ask yourselves, would you trust this firm at all?  If they wrote an ad for a full time position and then offered a part time position, would you trust Rutherford + Chekene?  We say no!  We say that their answers are followed with flying pigs and flaming snowballs.  Ask yourselves:  would you trust them to honor things like vacation time, PTO, or other benefits?  Most likely not! We know this firm is composed of lying liars because they recently promoted a bunch of people in the firm.

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Also, this organization can claim they are hands-on all they want, but the fact is this was clearly demonstrated by their lack of hands on experience in the use of a computer when writing this ad!  Did they forget to write the truth in their employment ad?  Of course not!

In addition, Priscilla Castro wanted this person’s references before the interview.  This is really unusual because the Candidate did not have the interview or see the working environment of the firm.  We can only imagine how she shops for plumbers to fix plugged up drains in her house!  We guess the true reason she did this is to get additional marketing contacts for Rutherford + Chekene without having to open a book or pick up the phone to call them herself.  This is very unethical!  Priscilla Castro needs to be thinned from the herd, if you know what we mean!

And being deceptive may not be her fault!  It could be caused by her fellow co-workers at Rutherford + Chekene or even worse yet her own husband!  Her husband is Azarias Castro, a San Francisco police officer.  This is significant because the SFPD has plenty of issues with unethical individuals.  Just look at the racist texts they send.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/26/us/racist-texts-san-francisco-police-officer/

http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/05/02/san-francisco-lieutenant-arrested-for-covering-up-for-fellow-cop-in-rape-accusation/

http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/09/14/san-francisco-police-caught-on-camera-mocking-citizens-they-may-kill/

https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/08/30/san-francisco-police-union-chief-berates-colin-kaepernick-for-painting-false-narrative-about-police/

Apparently, Rutherford + Chekene is in desperate need of continuous education because they have clearly demonstrated they have no concepts of ethics!  Lying in a job ad is problematic because people tend to not believe you.  We can think where Priscilla Castro’s next job could be:  crooked car saleswoman!

And if you thought the culture of unethical behavior was only limited to one employee, you would be completely wrong!  Meet David Bleiman, the CEO of Rutherford + Chekene.  His last name rhymes with Lie-Man because he cannot tell the truth!  David Bleiman clearly cannot read a job description either.  In his rejection email to the Candidate, David Bleiman stated he could not hire this person for positions at Rutherford + Chekene because they did not have Revit experience.  David Bleiman needs to understand how to read and write the English language because he did not state this in his ad for the position.

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During the Candidate’s interview with Helen Fehr and David Bleiman, the Candidate asked about Revit training because (s)he did not have it.  Helen Fehr & David Bleiman assured the Candidate (s)he would get it.  Per the Structural Project Manager position, it was not stated.   During the interview, David Bleiman & Helen Fehr constantly complained how the firm lost their engineers to DSA, OSHPD, and the Structural Engineering division of HOK Architects.  Also, Helen Fehr (aka the Little Old Lady from Martinez) and David Bleiman admitted the full-time positions were not available even though their ad stated this.

Also, the Candidate interviewed with Patrick Ryan & Brent Lizundia.  These Principals told the Candidate (s)he would be having a chaotic environment where the Candidate would not be told about any project deadlines.  Translation:  expect to be their client’s personal whipping boy!  Also, expect to be fired for something that is not your fault!

The problem with bait-and-switch tactics is that they produce disengaged workers, damage company cultures, spike employee turnover rates and severely impact productivity. They also take a nasty bite out of a business’s bottom line.  Guess Rutherford + Chekene do not care about their current and/or future profits or their employees.  Based on this incident, it is no wonder they had to set their sights on a smaller office on Beale Street in San Francisco!

Rutherford & Chekene’s screw-ups have made local news.   This is easy to do because their projects are high profile.  In fact, these people are so dumb they could not figure out what standards to design their structures to.  One such problem was the pedestrian bridges at the West Dublin Pleasanton station.  Anyone with 1/3 of a brain would know that you should look at a map before designing a structure.  Well, folks, Rutherford + Chekene did not do that at all because the pedestrian bridge was located over a Calrans freeway.  As a result, the pedestrian bridge had to be torn down.

So what have we learned today?  We have learned that structural engineering firms are more like car dealerships in that they have higher levels of morality impairedness!  If you want to be scammed by senior citizen engineers like David Bleiman and Helen Fehr, then this firm is for you.  Clients and the public should avoid this firm like the bubonic plague because Rutherford + Chekene is bad news to anyone who interviews them or eve designs buildings for them.

HAMMONTREE & ASSOCIATES:  HOME OF THE EXPLODING JOB OFFER

Hammontree & Associates uses exploding job offers and bait and switch.

JT O’Donnell recently discussed the new tactic that companies are using to get people to work for them:  the exploding job offer.  We at Structural Stupidists will discuss a firm that uses this tactic and introduce you to another bad engineering firm.  This particular one is unique because it is the first one with an exploding job offer.  Let us tell you what happened with a candidate.

The Applicant applied for a Project Manager at Hammontree & Associates back in 2012.  They have offices in the Akron, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA, areas.  At that time, they were a growing Structural Engineering firm.  Here is the ad they posted on their website:

PROJECT MANAGERS and SENIOR DESIGNERS, who have demonstrated that they can develop a solid client base & have excellent technical skills in the areas of land development, municipal engineering & planning services, water/wastewater, environmental engineering & structural engineering. Professional Registrations preferred.

The Applicant received his/her first phone call in November 2012 from Charles Hammontree himself.

The Applicant received this email from University of Dayton alumnus Charles Hammontree on November 1, 2012.

Excellent credentials Mr./Ms. X.

Needless to say we are very interested in the prospect of you joining our firm. Thank you for the response.

Charles Hammontree wrote this email:

Ok Mr./Ms. X. Would you appreciate a job with more opportunity to advance in an area with a much lower cost of living and the ability to assist with building your backlog of work? Other firms seem to hire and layoff as the big contracts come and go. We keep good staff between contracts and are slow to layoff especially talented engineers. Of course big salaries with little work is tough business model for any firm.

What the Applicant got as a response back from Charles Hammontree floored him/her.  The Applicant received this email on January 15, 2013:

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This is obviously a bait and switch because it was not a full-time, long-term career opportunity that he stated earlier.  This was an exploding job offer plain and simple.

There were plenty of unanswered questions:

  • Where did the full-time position go? Why work for only a month?  Would anyone in their right mind move to Akron, OH, to work only a month?  So much for career opportunities that he promised!

Imagine if Hammontree & Associates were a car dealership and they ran an ad for a luxury car for $10K.  You go to the dealership and the advertised car was not there.  Would you trust that dealership again?  Absolutely not!

  • What happens when someone works more than 40 hours a week? Is the time banked for use later?  According to the company’s handbook, there is NO comp time.  In fact, the company expects salaried employees to work 5 hours above the 40 hour week for free.  So the Applicant would have been screwed out of my money.
  • What happened to the job he was offering? According to his job offer letter, it would happen pending an in-person interview with Charles Hammontree himself.  Did Charles forget that the Applicant interviewed him for three months for a permanent position with his firm?  This sounds like he wastes time.  If he were movie characters, he would be Ten Second Ted from 50 First Dates!  Perhaps the Men In Black showed up and had Charles Hammontree’s memory erased!

Guess what happened, folks?  The Applicant called the firm repeatedly and did not get a call back.  It is an exploding job offer because the Applicant had a very short time to respond to it.

The four reasons for exploding job offers are because the employer:

  • Tends to have a really hard time recruiting candidates

(b) Is desperate to fill the position immediately

(c) Knows you’ll never choose them if you have the chance to consider other offers

(d) Sees candidates as virtually identical, and is perfectly happy moving quickly to someone else

Hammontree & Associates fits all of these red flags to a tee.  Charles Hammontree may have attended a Catholic high school but he is in no way Catholic.  In our encounters, Charles Hammontree’s Bible is short a few commandments like “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”

As painful as this situation is, it’s actually a blessing in disguise, and the Applicant handled it correctly by walking away. Because when an employer uses a bait-and-switch tactic, it means at least one of the following:

* The company is unethical.

* The manager Charles Hammontree is unethical.

* The environment is chaotic.

* The company is going through a reorganization.

* The corporate culture is abusive.

* The job is different from what you were told it would be.

* The company will rescind other things it offered you, such as bonuses, benefits, or vacation time.

Hopefully, you never experience a bait and switch, but if you do, count your blessings! You have just dodged a career bullet.

The reason we believe Charles Hammontree only wanted to hire the Applicant for a month is because they had a problem they wanted to be solved immediately.  Charles Hammontree was using the Applicant to buy time for the candidate they really wanted.  If this is not an example of how candidates are used, we do not know what is!

Clients may have no idea he is doing this.  If their deadlines were not being met, they have the right to know why.  And Charles Hammontree’s recruiting process may be the key reason.  Are you a client of Hammontree & Associates?  You are if you are:

Steve Katz, Vice President, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Anna Capaldi, Truste, Perry Township

Steve Paquette, President, Stark Development Board 

Bob Sanderson, Director, Stark County Regional Planning Commission

Bob Nau, AICP, Director, Stark County Regional Planning Commission 

James McGrath, Project Manager, Ohio Department of Transportation

Joe Race, Executive Director, Stark County Building Industry Associations

Jamie Wagner, Director of Franchise and Corporate Construction, Subway

Paul Pickett, PE City Engineer, City of Green

Bob Fronte, Director, Stark Parks

John Kilgore, P.E., Manager of Trail Projects, Cleveland Metro Parks Engineering and Design 

Al Brubaker, P.E., P.S., Summit County Engineer, Summit County

Robert Graham, P.E., Principal, ME/IBI Group 

Bill Yen & Ian Ainslie, Elliot & Associates Architects  

We do not expect Charles Hammontree to apologize to Applicants ever.  But we do want to warn others that exploding job offers are real at Hammontree & Associates.  Other firms may have them.  The bright side is that people will know who is doing them.akr_fl_hammontree_0511