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

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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.

PATEL BURICA & ASSOCIATES PULLS BAIT-AND-SWITCHES ON THEIR CANDIDATES – COMPLIMENTS OF SHARAD PATEL

Last month, a promising structural engineering candidate applied for a position at Patel Burica & Associates of Irvine, CA.  The Candidate was being interviewed for a Team Leader/Project Manager position.  The Candidate received this email:

Candidate:

I have a potential opening I would like to discuss it with you.  Particularly, I am looking for a team leader / project manager specializing in high density wood framed buildings, 4-5 stories tall, wrapped around parking structures or podium type, with parking underneath.  Please send me more detailed information about your experience with this type of work.  Perhaps we can arrange for a Skype meeting soon.

Thanks,

Sharad T. Patel, Principal of the firm

The Candidate was traveling to Southern California for a bunch of job interviews, so (s)he thought it would be easier to arrange an in-person visit in Irvine, CA.  The Candidate felt it would be better to see the office environment up close.

Patel Burica & Associates is a structural engineering firm that specializes in multi-family and other low-rise buildings.  Founders Sharad Patel & Mike Burica were formerly of VCA Structural Engineers.

THE INTERVIEW

The Candidate was being interviewed about his/her design experience.  The Candidate was asked by Sharad Patel how (s)he would be managed.  The Candidate said it would be no issue working with Patel Burica & Associates Principals and Founders Sharad Patel and Mike Burica.  Also, why would a Candidate need supervision if (s)he already knows how to do the job?  We understand that this Candidate wanted to learn how these Principals do their job well and take no issue with it.

Later, in the interview, Sharad Patel performed a bait-and-switch on the Candidate.  Sharad asked the Candidate whether (s)he would work as an independent contractor.  The candidate asked why that was.  Sharad Patel stated there would be work in Northern California, but not enough to warrant hiring a full time engineer.

Patel Burica & Associates Principals and Founders Sharad Patel and Mike Burica discussed a pretty stupid engineering issue.  As many people know, apartment buildings are quite huge in plan area.  They are usually made of wood.  The California Building Code allows these apartment complexes to be huge but the area has to be chopped up through the use of fire walls.  This safety feature allows only one part of the building to be on fire so that the occupants of the complex can safely get out.  Sharad Patel asked the Candidate about running structural members through it such as a collector strap.  The Candidate rightly said this was not allowed. For all intents and purposes, each plan area needs to be analyzed separately for gravity and seismic forces.  Sharad went off on the Candidate and told the Candidate that this was allowed because he said so.  The Candidate rightly stated that the fire department did not allow anything to pass through the fire wall because it would act as a conductor and transfer heat and a fire risk to the neighboring units.  This means that Patel Burica & Associates is only in the market to rebuild apartment buildings every so often.  Can you say this new name:  Structural Stupidist Sharad?

The Candidate received this email a few days later:

Michael,

Thanks for coming in.  At this time, we will not be offering you a full time position.  However, we do have several projects in Northern California, and should the need arise for engineering support as in independent contractor, I will be sure to contact you.

Thanks,

Sharad

This was clearly a bait-and-switch.  Ask yourselves:  who would want to relocate in Irvine, CA, for a part-time opportunity?  For all the Candidate knows, the opportunity may not even exist.

For all we know, Patel Burica & Associates could be using this Candidate’s outstanding accomplishments to get work for the firm without that Candidate actually being employed there.  This is a scam in so many ways.  Here is how it works:  the firm saves this person’s resume.  Using Adobe Acrobat, the firm changes it back to a Word format so they can edit it for themselves.  The unsuspecting architect/client has no idea this is happening and they will have no way to check it because the Client firm will leave off identifying information such as a California Licensed Structural Engineer number, personal portfolio websites, and personal email addresses.  It’s truly the sign of an unethical company like this one may be.

This candidate experience demonstrates many things.  It proves that Patel Burica & Associates does not value their employees.  In fact, they see their employees as disposable.

Because when Patel Burica & Associates uses a bait-and-switch tactic, it means at least one of the following:

* Patel Burica & Associates is unethical.

* The principals of Patel Burica & Associates are unethical.

* Patel Burica & Associates’ environment is chaotic.

* Patel Burica & Associates is going through a reorganization.

* The corporate culture of Patel Burica & Associates is abusive.

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

* Patel Burica & Associates will rescind other things it offers its employees, such as bonuses, benefits, or vacation time.

The Candidate was glad this proverbial card was played.  The Candidate has decided to publicize the bad experience.  It was last seen at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

So if you encounter a scam like this one, take note of this engineering firm called Patel Burica & Associates and run away from them immediately.

KAL KRISHNAN CONSULTING SERVICES CAUGHT PERFORMING REVERSE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WHITE MALE JOB APPLICANTS – THANKS TO BRANDI CAGNOLATTI!!!!!

Folks, we at Structural Stupidists believe everyone should have the opportunity to have the engineering career without regard to race, sex, religion, or ethnicity.  White males should be considered as well as long as all qualifications are considered equal for the job.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen.  This is another example of an employment scam where people are taken advantage of.  Let us discuss a firm that discriminates against white job applicants:  Kal Krishnan Consulting Services.

For those who have never heard of this firm, they are a consulting firm that specializes in engineering design and construction management services.  They are based out of Los Angeles with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, New York, and Boston.

THE INCIDENT OF REVERSE DISCRIMINATION ON ONE WHITE MALE JOB APPLICANT

In July 2016, KKCS posted a structural engineer position on LinkedIn.

KKCS LinkedIn Ad

 

 

The Applicant applied for the position.  It is note the Applicant was a white male.  The Applicant was thrilled to receive a call from Brandi Cagnolatti of KKCS.  The interview went pretty well where Brandi discussed the Applicant’s experience.  The Applicant discussed his/her qualifications for the position such as designing BART’s new stations in San Jose.  This person was a local candidate and has a California Structural Engineer License.  This person did not get hired.

In case most people do not know this, Brandi Cagnolatti is black.  We at Structural Stupidists have no issue with African Americans working in the engineering industry.

Later that week, Brandi told the Applicant that the position was filled with someone with much more experience.  The Applicant could tell in the tone of her voice that she was not completely truthful.  This candidate was in their 40s so we believe Brandi Cagnoatti violated California state law by discriminating against this worker.

A few weeks later, KKCS posted the job opening again!  Brandi Cagnolatti lied to the Applicant.  Someone else went on KKCS’s Facebook page and asked whether the Structural Engineer position is still open, this was the response:

KKCS Facebook

 

Brandi Cagnolatti removed the posting for the position when someone mentioned the position was filled.  This is completely ironic because Brandi Cagnolatti stated she was high-integrity person!  That clearly shows that Brandi Cagnolatti of KKCS has major issues.  We bet she lied to get her current job at KKCS.  In fact, as we will explain, Brandi Cagnolatti has opened her employer up to lots of lawsuits.  Oops!

Brand Cagnolatti is a lying sack of crap!

THIS TYPE OF DISCRIMINATION IS ILLEGAL

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that reverse discrimination is illegal.  Let us state some of the cases where the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is illegal because it violates the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.  This is ironic because Brandi’s ancestors fought for equal treatment under the law.  Now she is not treating her candidates equally!

The following are some of the significant cases in this area. They are offered as a start to understanding the issues, and are not intended as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from DOI’s Solicitor’s Office or private counsel. These summaries are intended neither as a legal analysis regarding specific matters, nor as a complete review of the topic.

  1. McDonald v. Santa Fe Trail Transportation Co., 427 U.S. 273, 96 S.Ct. 2574 (1976). Two White employees and one Black employee were charged with stealing property from their employer. The two White employees were fired while the Black employee was retained. In the first big reverse discrimination case, the Court decided that Title VII is not limited to discrimination against minority persons, but includes discriminatory actions against majority persons as well.
  1. Middletown v. City of Flint, 92 F.3d 396. (6th Cir. 1996), cert. denied 117 S.Ct. 1552 (1997). Challenge by White police officers passed over for promotions because of voluntary affirmative action plan involving a 50% set aside of promotions to Sergeant for racial minorities. Court found plan to be an “unnecessarily drastic remedy.”
  1. Police Association of New Orleans v. City of New Orleans, 100 F.3d 1159 (5th Cir. 1996). City’s race conscious promotions violated Equal Protection Clause because they were not narrowly tailored.
  1. Hopwood v. Texas, 78 F.3d 932 (5th Cir. 1996), cert. denied, 518 U.S. 1033 (1996). Strikes down the race-conscious admissions program of the University of Texas Law School. The school used lower minimum criteria for African American and Mexican American candidates than for other candidates. The Court held that obtaining a racially diverse student body is not a compelling interest under the 14th Amendment.
  1. Harding v. Gray, 9 F.3d 150 (D.C. Cir. 1993). D.C. Circuit interpreted McDonnell Douglas (described in our “Civil Rights Cases” category in list at left) to require an additional showing for White plaintiffs in reverse discrimination cases over and above what would be required by minority plaintiffs. The court held that, because racial discrimination against White persons is so rare, in order to establish the necessary inference of discrimination, White plaintiffs must prove “background circumstances” that “support the suspicion that the defendant is that unusual employer who discriminates against the majority.” This can be done by showing that plaintiff was better qualified than the minority applicant whom the employer selected.
  1. Lucas v. Dole, 835 F.2d 532 (4th cir. 1987). The Fourth Circuit refused to adopt the D.C. Circuit’s “background circumstances” requirement and instead applied McDonnell Douglas test in the same way to White and Black plaintiff. White plaintiff satisfied her burden in this case where she showed that she was more qualified than the selected minority applicant, that the interviewing process was too subjective, that the minority applicant had received irregular acts of favoritism, and that other employees believed that race was a factor.
  1. Schafer v. Board of Public Education, 903 F.2d 243 (3d Cir. 1990). Reverse sexual discrimination case. The court held that male teacher stated a claim for discrimination where he was not allowed to take a year of paternity leave, while female teachers were allowed to take similar amount of maternity leave. Distinctions between men and women can be made with respect to physical disabilities related to pregnancy or the delivery of a child, but not with respect to child rearing.

BRANDI CAGNOLATTI IS A BIG TIME HYPOCRITE WHO NEEDS TO BE FIRED FROM KKCS ASAP

Folks, here is a woman that is a big time hypocrite.  She wants equal opportunity for all people to work in the engineering world whether they be veterans, women, or other minorities.

 

This woman is too busy excluding qualified white people from the position just like she did in that position she advertised.  People have to wonder if she is doing this because she has a subconscious bias where her ancestors were screwed over by white people during the Civil War.

According to her LinkedIn profile:

“With a deep commitment to accuracy and high level of integrity, I have coordinated and administered socially impactful programs in fast-paced, detail-oriented environments to support public and private-sector organizations for the past 16 years. Organizations benefit from my effective communication style, strong problem-solving and computer skills, reporting capabilities, along with my proven abilities to manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities and competing demands.”

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Tell us, Brandi, how do you have integrity when you claim a position has been failed and then posted it on LinkedIn?  The only reason Brandi does this is because she was caught redhanded discriminating against white males.  We bet she thought no one would notice.  Guess what, folks?  We have emailed every co-worker and client her company works with.  Brandi Cagnolatti needs to understand she represents KKCS.  When she does things like deceive well-qualified job applicants, she is showing the whole world she is only at KKCS just to receive a paycheck.  We can only imagine how her marriage is:  not good because she would possibly deceive her husband.  Her unethical actions have caught the attention of lots of people like David Duke!

We are calling on Dev and Kal Krishnan to address this issue because we believe this would be unfair to blame an entire organization for the ill will caused by this piece of crap named Brandi Cagnolatti.  We know this is the reason KKCS cannot find talented people to work for   We would like Kal and Dev Krishnan to consult this Applicant immediately before the Applicant uses this opportunity to alert all of KKCS’s clients about their unethical behavior.

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

SHUMS CODA ASSOCIATES RUNS EMPLOYMENT SCAMS – PRINCIPALS TALAT ABBASI AND ROBERT SULLIVAN ARE SILENT AND DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

Dave Bowles of Shums Caoda Associates runs an employment scam! Jeff Falero benefitted from it!

We will discuss an example that proves this perception that structural engineers are morally corrupt:  Shums Coda Associates.  For those who do not know who they are:  Shums Coda Associates, Inc. is a privately held company providing professional Building and Safety Consulting Services to Cities to verify conformance with California Building Codes.  They are based in Pleasanton, CA.

After seeing articles on LinkedIn that discuss getting rid of HR departments, we now have an actual case that demonstrates why this is true:  Shums Coda Associates.

One person we know applied for one of the plan reviewer positions that was advertised on the ICC website.  This person was more than qualified to do the job.  Here is the ad that was posted on the ICC website.

“Shums Coda Associates, Inc. is a privately held company providing professional Building and Safety Consulting Services to Cities to verify conformance with California Building Codes.  We are currently seeking both a full-time and a part-time experienced Building Plans Examiner Engineer in our Pleasanton office.  The position will report to one of the Principals, with day-to-day supervision and direction of assignments provided by the Municipal Building Dept. Clients.

ICC Certified: Reviews plans, calculations and specifications for compliance with the most current California adopted codes and ordinances.  Performs related work as assigned, meets, and may confer with the applicants at permit services counters.  Responds to inquiries from the public; and when serving in jurisdictions assists at the public counter in issuing permits and other duties as required.  Must have knowledge and full understanding of the current CBC, CMC, CEC, CPC, CalGreen, CalEnergy and CRC provisions and must have at least two (2) years of experience working for a jurisdiction or providing consulting plan reviews.

Engineer: Seeking experienced Registered Plan Review Engineers with ICC Certification.  It is highly desirable if you can complete life safety review (B. P. M. & E.) in addition to structural review.  This is a long term position.  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or Architecture,  and five (5) years of design experience as a structural design engineer or architect in building design, construction, or related field; or five (5) years of experience as a plan checker in the State of California.”

After having this person interview with him and one of the firm’s principals, the applicant got this gem of an email on January 21, 2015:

“Hi Mr. X,

I hope you enjoyed speaking with Dave.  His feedback was very positive, however as I mentioned the Partners need to conduct further strategic planning to validate the skill set required in the next Shums Coda employee.  Part-time work is also a possibility.  So, if you accept a job offer, consider checking back with me when or if you might consider working on the side.  I do not have a firm timeline for our strategic planning, but my new estimate is in the 2-3 week range.  Whatever the result, I will be in touch once I have more clarity.

Best Regards,

Dave Bowles

Director, Human Resources & Staffing

Shums Coda Associates

510-907-0287 mobile”

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MEET THE NEW FACE OF DUMB RECRUITING DAVE BOWLES

Dave Bowles says he didn’t know what he was looking for in a Shums Coda employee.  We say he is full of crap.  Don’t take our word for it.  Just look at his email above.

Based on this email response, we do not believe Shums Coda knows what they want in their employees. Dave Bowles is proof that non-engineers should never review engineers for jobs at engineering firms.  This is an employment scam because the job the applicant interviewed was for full time while Dave Bowles wanted the applicant to work only part time. Based on this email, it demonstrates that Dave Bowles views employees as expendable.

Here is why Dave Bowles is completely wrong about this applicant.

  • ICC Certification as a Building Plans Examiner: The applicant has this and it was verified on the ICC website.
  • 2 years of providing consulting plan reviews: This applicant has five years.  Clearly Dave Bowles cannot use his fingers and toes to count, a skill mastered easily by toddlers over 2!
  • Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering: This applicant has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering
  • Five years as a building designer: This applicant has 12 years of building design experience.
  • And did Bowels forget this applicant was a Licensed California Structural Engineer? Of course he did.

Did Dave Bowles ever read this applicant’s resume?  Of course not!  Did he ask for help from people in his firm?  Most definitely not!  If this is how Dave Bowles understands the basic reading comprehension of a job posting he published, we can only imagine how the firm he works for reviews engineering plans that are submitted to his firm by other building departments for his review.  We would have to assume it is not good at all!

Dave Bowles can say he wants qualified people, but this is not true at all. Heck, Dave Bowles demonstrated he is willing to violate California Labor Law to get what he wants.  He does this by discriminating against applicants over the age of 40!

We think there may be something else going on.  We believe that Shums Coda Associates could be hiring people on H1B visas instead of qualified Americans like this applicant.  Notice we said “could”.  We do not know if they are, but based on the tactics they used on this applicant, it seems possible.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the video I discovered on Youtube that shows how employers can get around H1B visa laws.  Just look under Cohen & Grigsby under PERM Fake Job Ads. It shows how employers lie to job applicants during the process.  Why else would this firm say this applicant is more than qualified and then reject this applicant with a lie shown in Dave Bowles’ email?  Because Dave Bowles is incompetent – that’s why!

Also, Dave Bowles did something completely unexpected!  He admitted Shums Coda Associates does not use full time employees!  This is problematic because he committed breach of contract with several municipalities.  When a firm like Shums Coda Associates uses part time employees, they are essentially saying they do not care who doe the plan review work as long as they receive money!  A part time employee is used to fill a position where they are meant to fail!  If Shums Coda Associates does not like the way an employee reviews plans, Shums Coda Associates fires them, even if that employee violates state laws related to fire and life/safety!  This proves “prostitute” David Bowles and his firm are willing to do anything for cash!

 

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Just take a look at what David’s job description of Shums Coda Associates is according to his LinkenIn profile:

Director, Human Resources & Staffing

Shums Coda Associates

September 2010 – Present (4 years 6 months)  Pleasanton, CA

  • Lead quarterly Strategic Planning Meetings with partners to define purpose of the business, growth objectives, establish action items and priorities. (ongoing) • Coach management through staffing requirements, methods of sourcing, and selection process.  • Guide management through defining and implementing Partner bonus structure based on revenue generation, with MBO’s taking a reduced value. • Evaluate benefit options. (ongoing) • Establish policies & procedures to assure compliance with California Labor Law.

We wonder how his professors at CSU Chico would feel if they know about his stupidity.  He has a BS in Business Administration, or BA for short.  BA must be short for Bad Answers!

Based on this applicant’s encounter with David Bowles and one of their employees, they should change their name to Scum Cobra because they are snakes to their applicants.  We can only imagine how they treat their employees who work for them.  Would people have an issue of being employed by them?  We believe the partners of this firm need to counter this person’s behavior.  After all, if we were a client, we would not use them!

Dave Bowles promised to contact this applicant two weeks later.  He never did.  Dave Bowles has shown why he is a member of the 4-H club, short for Huh, Hey, Hadn’t Heard of Ethics, and Heck If He Knows How To Hire Engineers for His Company Shums Coda Associates!  Heck, Dave Bowles shows us he is dumber than a second grader.  Second graders can read calendars, unlike Dave Bowles!

Right now, we have emailed every one of Shums Coda Associates’ clients so they know what is going on.  In their case, they happen to be municipalities.  And when it comes to elections, use this incident to prove that the politicians hire morally corrupt firms – and what better way to do that than with Dave Bowles’ emails.  Does you municipality use Shums Coda Associates?  Here is the names of municipalities that use them:

Brentwood, CA

Folsom, CA
Grass Valley, CA

Menlo Park, CA

Mountain View, CA

Sunnyvale, CA

Hailey, ID

We bet Shums Coda Associates head Talat Abbasi has no idea this is going on.  Recently, Talat Abbasi chose to leave the firm instead of apologizing to the applicant and addressing the issue. Instead, Dave Bowles did something completely unexpected, as you will about to see.

DAVE BOWLES GAVE THE APPLICANT A NASTY RESPONSE AND IT WAS HEARD ON LIVE RADIO

The applicant received a call from Dave Bowles.  He is the HR representative for Shums Coda Associates.

The phone call started with a congenial tone at first.  Later you will see Dave Bowles did nothing but get very angry.  What Dave Bowles did not know is that his entire conversation was broadcasted on live radio.

DAVE BOWLES:  I am calling to tell you I have decided to keep your resume on file in the future shall a position open up.

MR X:    Thank you for that.  Dave, let me ask you a question:  If I saw an ad for a car in a newspaper and I went to the car dealership to buy it and it wasn’t there, would I trust that dealership?

DB:         What do you mean?

MR X:    If the car that was published in the ad wasn’t there, would you trust the dealership?

DB:         What do you mean?

MR X:    You ran an ad for a full-time position.  Then you wrote me an email stating it wasn’t available.  It was a full-time position instead.  Isn’t that lying?

DB:         What do you mean?

MR X:    Dave, explain to me why this ad was posted.

DB:         What do you mean?

MR X:    Who placed the ad on the ICC website?

DB:         We post it because we are looking for qualified people.

MR X:    Dave, let’s go over the ad.  Explain to me why I am not qualified.  Did you check to see if I had an ICC certification?

DB:         No.

MR X:    Did you check to see if I have a California Structural Engineering License?

DB:         No.

MR X:    Then why I am not qualified?

DB:         We don’t have the work available.

MR X:    Then why post it?  Is this what you learned at CSU Chico?  To be unethical?

DB:         (Starts stuttering and whimpering!)

MR X:    Dave, let’s face it.  Shums Coda Associates is run by lying liars.  SCA is worse than crooked car salesmen.  I love hearing how firms claim they cannot find people, yet they pull crap like this.  Structural engineering firms are liars.  Dave, you and these firms are the primary reason the media hates the profession hates them.  Based upon this encounter, structural engineering firms must be destroyed!  Like crooked car salesmen, I treat firms like crap now!  If I didn’t consistently get bad experiences from them, this would not be happening!

DB:         I want you to remove your post!

MR X:    Too bad, Dave.  It will do you no good because I have decided to publicize your stupidity to the public at large. I have posted your idiotic response at Stoneridge Mall – which happens to be outside your office.

DB:         Quit humiliating me!

MR X:    Too bad, Dave Bowles!  You should have thought of this before.  As a famous British person once said, you are the Weakest Link – goodbye!

There were lots of radio callers discussing these issues.  Every one of them has a negative impression of Shums Coda Associates.

Also, this conversation is quite telling.  It shows that Dave Bowles of Shums Coda Associates participates in blacklisting of candidates.  Why else would this idiot not check out this person’s qualifications?  The only reason he does this is because he is looking for a new friend like people do on Facebook and eHarmony instead of qualified plan review engineers.

And what did we learn from this encounter?  That Dave Bowles is a liar.  Because he represents Shums Coda Associates, we can only guess his company is pretty unethical.  The company should have a new name:  Scum Cobra!  What Dave Bowles didn’t know is that we used a speakerphone so many people heard how stupid he is.  If Dave had decided to act ethically, his firm Shums Coda Associates would not have any issues getting people to work for them!

SHUMS CODA ASSOCIATES JOB REQUIRMENTS IGNORED AT WILL

We have discovered that Shums Coda Associates is not the company they claim to be.  They can claim all they want that they hire qualified individuals.  The reality is that this is not true at all.  And we have acquired proof that their firm is run by idiots like Dave Bowles.  Let us introduce you to new SCA employee Jeff Falero.  Dave Bowles literally messed up big time because he failed to check out his employee’s background.  And Dave Bowles and his dumb firm is willing to violate their contracts with their municipalities if they want to.  Based on our information, Shums Coda Associates values people that are more incompetent so they can be paid less.

  • ICC Certification as a Building Plans Examiner: Jeff Falero does not have an ICC certification a a Building Plans Examiner.
  • 2 years of providing consulting plan reviews: Jeff Falero has no experience in this according to his LinkedIn profile.
  • Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering: This applicant has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering
  • Five years as a building designer: This applicant has 9 years of building design experience.
  • Jeff Falero is Not a California Licensed Structural Engineer.

Here is his LinkedIn profile so you can see it for yourself.

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CONCLUSION:  AVOID SHUMS CODA ASSOCIATES AT ALL COSTS

Folks, we have shown you how Shums Coda Associates operates – very unethically. If you are a municipality with a contract with Shums Coda Associates, we recommend you cut your contracts immediately.  But consult with your city attorney first before doing so!  If you cannot do this, you should send them as little work as possible to cut off their money supply!  Jeff Falero is proof they use unqualified people to review their work.

UPDATE:  DAVE BOWLES QUITS SHUMS CODA ASSOCIATES

Folks, recently Dave Bowles was forced to leave Shums Coda Associates.  We guess he did not like people finding out what scams he was pulling on the potential hires.

SAN DIEGO BASED WISEMAN + ROHY STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS CAUGHT RUNNING AN EMPLOYMENT SCAM

Wiseman + Rohy Structural Engineers scammed a potential employee. Little do they know that everyone knows of their hostile work environment.

Have you ever wanted to play wackamole with your profession?  Have you ever wanted to be treated with disrespect?  Have you ever wanted to experience professional immaturity?  Well, now you can by applying to work in the structural engineering profession at Wiseman + Rohy in San Diego, CA.

Here is the ad they posted on the SEAOSD website:

Wiseman + Rohy is a full service Structural Engineering company with four decades of quality projects constructed around the United States. Most of these projects are in Southern California, but recent projects have been in Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and New Mexico. We have the advantage of being an established company with a lot of young energy.
Wiseman + Rohy Structural Engineers focuses on retaining quality engineers to ensure a quality design. We encourage our engineers to advance as quickly as possible and take on as many different types of projects as soon as possible. This is a unique opportunity to show your skills while keeping your career interesting.
Wiseman + Rohy Structural Engineers has an extremely diverse list of clients. Our projects are equally varied and include corporate, theater, hanger, religious, medical and educational projects.

Job Title: Project Engineer / Project Manager

Job Start Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Job Description:

Wiseman + Rohy Structural Engineers is looking for an engineer with over 5 years of experience in structural engineering. This position offers the opportunity to participate in challenging and unique projects in all types of commercial structures.

Job Requirements:

Attitude that is focused on responsiveness and superior client service
BS degree in Structural Engineering
Proficient in the design of concrete, steel, masonry and wood structures
Construction Administration experience
Experience with writing reports
Demonstrates experience interacting with clients and staff on projects
Ability to manage projects while working on concurrent projects
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills
Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in California
The responsibilities of this position include producing design calculations and construction documents, coordination with the design team and team members within our office, construction administration services and management of other engineers for a wide variety of projects. The job allows for engineers to see a project from design all the way through construction.
We are looking for a highly motivated engineer to become a long-term part of this established company. We pride ourselves in all of our long-term employees and feel this is due to our varied projects and good working environment.

 

WISEMAN + ROHY IS NOT THE COMPANY THEY CLAIM TO BE

At first glance, the ad appears to be OK.  The problem is that this ad does not affect reality of Wiseman + Rohy whatsoever.  Let us explain why:

“a lot of young energy” means they perform the illegal act of discriminating against candidates 30 and up.  One applicant for the position wanted to work for this firm because (s)he felt their cultures and engineering work meshed.  Jim Wiseman wrote the candidate an email stating he wanted the candidate to see his excellent company.  But when that candidate took Jim Wiseman up on his offer, Jim Wiseman immediately rescinded the candidate’s application to the company.  For Jim Wiseman and his staff, every day is April Fools Day because he advertises jobs that are nonexistent.

“retaining quality engineers” is another false statement W+R puts in their job ad, evidenced by the firm withdrawing the candidacy of a person who is more than qualified.  And when we say qualified, we mean having 15 plus years of experience and a California Structural Engineering License.  But his ad states he is looking for someone with only 5 years of experience.  Translation:  W+R wants to pay their employees as little as possible!

“demonstrates working with clients” is a slap in the face.  This firm Wiseman + Rohy cannot even demonstrate how they work with potential job applicants who know their clients.

THE MAJOR RECRUITING ISSUES OF WISEMAN + ROHY STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS

Wiseman + Rohy also has major recruiting problems.  If you check out their former employees’ LinkedIn pages, their claim for long-term employment does not hold water at all.  Just check out the LinkedIn profiles of people who have worked there:

Just ask Barry Speer, currently the regional manager of Donan, who was stuck in the Project Engineer position for 9 years.  Jim Wiseman treats engineers like cogs in a wheel until he can no longer use them.

Another employee W+R treated like garbage is Rosella Moreno.  She only worked for W+R for 8 months before leaving to work for the city of San Diego.

Another employee named Lindsay Patch left W+R after a mere 16 months to work for a contractor.

How does Wiseman + Rohy retain quality engineers if they leave in such a short time?  Answer:  they can’t!

What do all of these people have in common?  They all left because Wiseman + Rohy was too busy screwing them.  For all people know, they could have been fired for no reason at all.

Also, you may notice that Wiseman + Rohy has been attempting to recruit engineers from as far away as Washington. Ask yourself:  why would they do this?  Because their reputation as an engineering firm stinks as much as limburger cheese!

It is so bad at Wiseman + Rohy that one of their Directors of Marketing left after a very short time working there!  Just check out the LinkedIn profile!

WISEMAN + ROHY CANNOT EVEN FIGURE OUT HOW TO RECRUIT ENGINEERS

We are pretty lucky to get some proof about the recruiting problems Wiseman + Rohy has in attracting qualified people.  Look at the emails where a candidate named Michael asked about arranging an office visit while he was vacationing in San Diego.  As anyone knows, it is great for people to check out the office before they decide to work for Wiseman + Rohy.

 

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Did you notice how James Wiseman’s tone changed when they wanted an office visit?  There are many explanations. The best one is that Wiseman + Rohy was looking to fire an employee at the firm without telling them about it.  And the reason may or may not be legitimate.  We would not be surprised if it were a person with a California Structural Engineering License.

WISEMAN + ROHY CAUGHT VIOLATING STATE EMPLOYMENT LAWS

Wiseman + Rohy wants candidates to write out their entire job history.  The real reason Wiseman + Rohy does this is that they need free consulting to write job ads.  Why else would Jim Wiseman do this?  What James Wiseman doesn’t know is that he breaks state laws by making employees, potential and current, work for free!

And why would this firm do such a thing?  Does his firm have a high turnover rate?  We bet it does.

Heck, they even harassed an applicant over 40.  What makes people think W+R will not break the other employment laws?  We do not know about that, but we bet you would not even go near them in the future,

WISEMAN + ROHY IS GREAT AT SCREWING EVERYONE ELSE

Even worse yet, Wiseman + Rohy is too busy screwing candidates over who happen to develop business opportunities for them.  For example, one of Brandon Deems’ projects was the Regal Theater in Issaquaah, WA.  For those that do not know, Regal was busted for cutting employees’ hours to get out of giving them health care.  That city happens to be the HQ for Costco.  Costco is the 8th largest retailer in the world.  The candidate his dumb firm interviewed with happened to help Costco get more locations built and expand their business with his/her ideas.  So W+R has no problem shooting themselves in the foot.

For Wiseman + Rohy, treating candidates like crap appears to be a way of life.

Who are the employees who work there?  Notice very few have advanced engineering degrees.

Steven Crook, SE – 1998 Grad of Cal Poly SLO

Jim Wiseman, SE – 1988 Grad of Cal Poly SLO

Steve Rohy, SE – 1992 Grad of Cal Poly SLO

Michael Sims – 2013 Masters Grad of UCLA

David Maestas – 2003 grad of University of Wyoming

WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT WISEMAN + ROHY

Folks, there are plenty of things that people can do about Wiseman + Rohy.  The easiest way they can do this is to avoid doing business with their clients.  It is much easier than people think.

If you want to go to the movies, avoid the Regal and Century/Cinemark Theaters.  Wiseman + Rohy designs them.

Do you want to buy your next new or used automobile?  Avoid AutoNation dealerships.  Wiseman + Rohy designed them, too.

Are you looking for some office space to rent?  Do not get it from City Heights Center in San Diego.

Do you need to go to a hospital?  Avoid the Scripps Memorial Hospital in Chula Vista.

Retailers, are you looking to locate your business in a shopping center?  Avoid Bella Terra in Huntington Beach.

This list will be updated constantly as we find out more information.  For right now, you can think of the firm as unWiseman + Whore-y!

 

NOVATO, CA’S CHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL ANNETTE CHAVEZ SCAMMED ENGINEERING JOB SEEKERS AT WILLDAN/PUBLIC AGENCY RESOURCES

NOVATO, CA’S CHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL ANNETTE CHAVEZ SCAMMED ENGINEERING JOB SEEKERS

Building officials are the most trusted people when it comes to construction and design of buildings.  The public’s safety is quite literally in their hands.  But all Building Officials are not this caring.  Building Officials can be unethical.  In fact, they can do unethical things like run employment scams.  Let us introduce you to one such person:  Novato, CA, Chief Building official Annette Chavez.  Annette Chavez did the unthinkable before coming to the city of Novato, CA:  Annette Chavez ran an employment scam where engineers were scammed for jobs.  They applied for one fulltime position, but were offered one part-time position with as few hours as possible, about as many hours as men using the bathroom for 3 months!

We got emails from Annette Chavez while she was employed at the Roseville, CA, office of Willdan.

AN ACCOUNT OF NOVATO, CA, CHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL ANNETTE CHAVEZ RUNNING AN EMPLOYMENT SCAM AS TOLD BY ONE PERSON WHO APPLIED AT WILLDAN

Back in December 2014, Mr. X applied for a plan review position at Willdan for the Supervising Plan Check Engineer position in Roseville, CA.  Here is the ad they posted on their website:

“We currently have an opening for a Supervising Plan Check Engineer in our Roseville, California office.  The qualified candidate will be responsible for overseeing plan review (architectural and structural) for commercial and private buildings to ensure compliance with building code regulations.  The qualified candidate will also provide Building Official services to local jurisdictions when necessary.

Requirements:

  • BSCE

  • ICC Building Official Certification

  • ICC Plan Examiner Certification

  • 5 – 10 yrs plan check experience

  • Professional Registration in California

  • Municipal experience

  • Thorough knowledge of building codes

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills”

 

Since Mr. X was a certified as a Chief Building Official and a California Licensed Structural Engineer, this position would be a great fit.  Mr. X was a plan reviewer at three different jurisdictions, two of which were in California.

Mr. X had a phone interview and an in-person interview in their Roseville office with Willdan employee Annette Chavez (now Annette Chavez, the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA) and Michael Graham.  The problem is that it was for a Plan Review Engineer position for Willdan instead of the one Mr. X applied for.  Annette Chavez decided to pull a bait-and-switch with this applicant.

Willdan employee Annette Chavez (now Annette Chavez, the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA) promised the proverbial moon because she said there would be lots of work to do.  She stated there would be at least 30 hours of work a week.

After Mr. X signed the job offer, they never gave him any work to do for several weeks.  This should have been a red flag.  No work showed up for weeks on end.  Willdan employee Annette Chavez (now Annette Chavez, the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA) was mentally AWOL by not returning Mr. X’s calls.  When it did show up, it was as only for a two hours a week many months later.  Mr. X knew this was not going to be a full time job like they stated.

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Annette Chavez email to employee about WillDan offer

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Check out the email and offer letter, folks.  On the top is the email from Annette Chavez representing WillDan.  On the bottom is the offer letter from Public Agency Resources.  Looks like someone named Annette Chavez is scamming job seekers, don’t you think?  We say a big fat yes!  PAR is the company that WillDan uses to avoid paying benefits to their employees as required in their contracts.

Guess how many hours Mr. X actually got?  15 hours for the whole year!  That is the equivalent amount of time for men spend using the bathroom for three months.  The work stopped coming a short time later.  Mr. X did not consider this a full-time job at all.  And why would a company like Willdan do this?  There could be plenty of reasons for this:

  1. They were looking to use Mr. X’s name in proposals to get work. When they didn’t get the work, they gave Mr. X none.
  2. They were cheaping out on salary and benefits, because they have none.
  3. They were using Mr. X until they could find someone much cheaper.
  4. Willdan did not want Mr. X working for someone else. That is pretty stupid when the contract says that Mr. X have to find a full time position.
  5. Willdan wanted samples of Mr. X’s review letters so they could get free consulting.

But why does a company run ads requesting engineers and then not have the work for them to do?  Nowhere in the contract does it mention that Mr. X would have to ask for the work at all.

What really should have tipped Mr. X off is that the name of the firm was changed to Public Agency Resources, compliments of Willdan employee Annette Chavez (now Annette Chavez, the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA).  And they have no benefits at all for their employees!  When Mr. X interviewed with Willdan employee Annette Chavez (now Annette Chavez, the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA), Michael Graham & Patrick Johnson, Mr. X was told there would have 30 to 40 hours a week of work because they were so busy.  This firm reminded us of a Joe Isuzu ad where they lied about their cars in an effort to sell them!

In addition to the bogus job interview, Mr. X was never even given a company computer or engineering software to use.  Mr. X wrote a Glassdoor review to remind other people not to fall for their scams, the ones invented by Annette Chavez.

Engineering is about trust.  This is pretty important because people need to be told that their buildings and structures are safe.  So what kind of message does Willdan send their clients when they cannot even be accurate about the amount of work they give their employees to do?  Even better yet, why would people trust someone who lies about career opportunities?  And why would their clients trust them or use them when it comes to building plan review?  If this is how they are when it comes to work at their firm, just imagine how they are when it comes to public safety?  Do you think they would tell the truth?  Based on Mr. X’s encounter, the answer is a big fat no!

Is this what Willdan CEO Thomas Brisbin meant when he said:  “After the recession, we said to ourselves, ‘The world has changed, and we better change with it.”?  Brisbin is partially right because all Mr. X was left with was change!

We even contacted Willdan’s CEO Daniel Chow and he admitted they do this scam all the time.  He told us Annette Chavez came up with this idea.

Look what they did with the city of Glendale, CA.

The city of Glendale, CA, sued WillDan in 2014 for making fundamental mistakes in a water study that cost that city a loss of $9 million!

We wonder what CEO Thomas Brisbin, CFO Stacy McLaughlin, and Senior VO of Corporate Development Mike Bieber would do about this issue.  So far, we have heard nothing from them.

And because their clients are municipalities, do the municipalities know what is going on?  We do not know about that, but they have the right to know.

Annette Chavez, the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA, is not even a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California.  How can Annette Chavez , the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA, tell people how good they are as engineers when she is not one herself.

CONCLUSION:  ANNETTE CHAVEZ, NOVATO, CA, CHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL IS ONE BAD BUILDING OFFICIAL

You need to ask yourselves why a city like Novato, CA, would hire someone who does this to people who want to work with like Annette Chavez, the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA.  We believe the city politicians had no idea what is going on.  Now they will all be briefed about the scams pulled by this woman.  We emailed this to everyone in Novato City Hall and all of her staff.  We even used this as an economic development tool against the city of Novato, CA.

If there are any single guys reading this, they need to ask themselves if they would date Annette Chavez.  Based on the information highlighted here, men should not want to consider dating her.  If Annette Chavez, the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA, is this deceptive to job applicants, just imagine how she is with dating men.

Annette Chavez, the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA, needs to herself a favor and resign immediately.  If Annette Chavez, the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA, doesn’t, we will be campaigning against every politician who appointed you.  We will be setting up shop all over Novato and showing off Annette Chavez’s scams.  Annette Chavez, the Chief Building Official for the city of Novato, CA, is proof she is the Chief Building Official you cannot trust.