FORTRESS STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING CEO MARCUS ODEN CAUGHT RUNNING A BAIT-AND -SWITCH EMPLOYMENT SCAM

The Structural Stupidists have uncovered another structural engineering firm scamming job applicants with bogus job openings.  The individual who did this is Marcus Oden, a business development person with FE Jordan Associates, the Oakland based civil engineering firm.  When the Candidate went to the in-person interview, Marcus Oden stated the full time structural engineering position did not even exist.  Marcus Oden wanted the Candidate to only work for a week.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcuskoden

Ask yourself:  would you trust Marcus Oden with job openings he posts in the future?  We say you should not trust him.  To Marcus Oden, integrity is a toilet paper he uses without impunity.  And if Marcus Oden is that bad when it comes to job openings, would you trust him with life safety issues like structural stability?  Of course not!  The only way to stop this from happening is to not do business with him and his structural engineering firm Fortress Structural Engineering!

LYING LIAR LISA LOCKE AND KEY CAUGHT DECEIVING THEIR CANDIDATES

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARecruiters are used when companies do not want to know employees are being replaced or when companies just do not have the time to interview people.  The goal of a recruiter may appear genuine, but almost 100% of the time, they make things worse by lying to the candidates that use them.  One such bad recruiter is Lisa Locke of the recruiting firm Locke and Key!

This Candidate applied for a Structural Engineering position offered by Rutherford + Chekene using Lisa Locke of Locke and Key.  Lisa Locke of Locke and Key appeared to be very enthusiastic for the Candidate.  Naturally, Lisa Locke of Locke and Key referred this Candidate to Rutherford + Chekene to be interviewed.

Rutherford + Chekene had their own ideas.  They decided to use this ad to pull a bait and switch on the Candidate. In this email, Marketing Director Priscilla Castro stated she wanted the Candidate’s references before the job interview took place.  Why would a marketing person do this?  Because she wanted to use the Candidate’s references to poach engineers from other firms, that’s why!  And people should not feel sorry for Priscilla Castro because her hubby is a member of the San Francisco Police Department, a police department known for unethical arrests.

Also in this email, Priscilla Castro told the Candidate the specific project (s)he would be working on.  Ask yourself:  why would a structural engineering firm state to a Candidate they only had a need for them on one specific project when Rutherford + Chekene ran a full time ad?  Rutherford + Chekene is a firm that intentionally deceives people, that’s why!  And Rutherford + Chekene has no issue being the most unethical structural engineering firm not only in the San Francisco Bay Area but in the entire U.S.

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When Lisa Locke of Locke and Key was told about the issue, guess what she did about it?  Absolutely nothing!  Lisa Locke of Locke and Key has no issue with deceiving job candidates that use her service.  In fact, she can claim all she wants that she works for the company Rutherford + Chekene as their recruiter.  The fact is that Lisa Locke of Locke and Key is a very despicable human being who posts jobs that are not real.  Lisa Locke of Locke and Key posted a job stating it was full time when it wasn’t because she makes people believe she will lie about any job just to get herself some cash.  Based on this encounter, applicants who use her recruiting firm need to think twice before doing so because for all they know, all the jobs Lisa Locke of Locke and Key advertises are phony!

The only way people can protect themselves from this person is to avoid doing business with her.  Friends don’t let friends use Lisa Locke of Locke and Key!

Are you a client of Lisa Locke of Locke and Key?  Here are the clients:

Rutherford + Chekene

http://lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_167.php

Page and Turnbull

http://lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_168.php

Form 4 Architecture

http://lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_169.php

http://lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_146.php

http://lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_131.php

http://lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_153.php

Jeff King and Company

http://lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_162.php

IFTI

http://lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_160.php

RINA Accounting

http://lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_149.php

Van Meter, Williams, Pollack, LLP

http://lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_165.php

Aaron Gordon Construction

http://lockeandkey.com/jobs/JobOpenings/job_opening_163.php

BCRA DESIGN’S DIRECTOR OF STAFF RESOURCES JENI ENSLIN IS THE LYING LIAR OF RECRUITING IN AEC FIRMS – WE HAVE PROOF

Recruiters are supposed to do everything they can to convince people to work for their firms.  Some will even play dirty by convincing candidates that their place is the best one to work for.  Let us tell you one such firm exists.  Its name:  BCRA Design.

For those people out there who have never heard of this firm, BCRA Design is a firm the designs public and private school buildings.  All the services are in one place, which makes it cheaper for owners overall.  But this does customers and owners no good when BCRA Design cannot find the talent to make all these projects happen.  One such example is the case in their search for a Director of Structural Engineering at BCRA Design compliments of Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design.

In 2015, a Candidate applied to the Director of Structural Engineering position at BCRA Design.  The candidate got to meet the HR staff of BCRA Design.  She sounded pretty nice but then got to varying levels of nasty in the interview.  A few days later, Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design, sent this nasty email to the Candidate:

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In this email, Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design, told the Candidate that his/her talents would be better suited for a larger firm.  How is this an example of valuing individuals?  It’s not!  We can only imagine how Jeni Enslin buys cars and houses:  based on price and not the service she would get.  How is this encouragement?  It’s not!  How does Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design, know about talents in a larger firm?  J Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design, is as useless as a screen door on a submarine with this response.

When this critique was posted to the Glassdoor website, Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design, wrote this response:

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There are some major problems with Jeni Enslin’s response such as the fact Jeni Enslin is incapable of functioning in a realty mode.  See, folks, Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design, and her firm BCRA Design decided to waste several candidate’s time on a position that should never been advertised in the first place because they were planning to promote from within in the first place.  Nothing says your firm is a disorganized mess than wasting a candidate’s time and money like BCRA Design does compliments of Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design.  We at Structural Stupidists know this is true because BCRA Design announced on their website they promoted someone in their firm.

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And that shows you that Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design, and her firm BCRA Design does not play fair.  If they are great at wasting a candidate’s time, just imagine how they are in other aspects of their firm.  Wait, folks, we have a Yelp review that shows just that.  Take a look for yourselves.

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After reading this review, you have to wonder whether BCRA design has a natural talent for screwing over their paying customers you just can’t teach!  We say a big fat yes!

There is plenty of things about Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design, that you may not even know.  Did you know Jeni Enslin’s Bible is missing a Commandment or two?  One such missing Commandment is the one stating “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”  And boy did Jeni succeed at violating the Commandments so well!

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Now does Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design, think this will not affect her?  We bet Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design, thinks that.  What she doesn’t know is that she has the natural talent of screwing over her co-workers and family you just can’t teach.

Thanks to the stupidity in that email, we have decided to use it to Jeni Enslin’s disadvantage.  The Structural Stupidists have acquired info that her hubby works for P&G.  So guess what brands we will be urging people not to buy in the future?  P&G!  And we are showing people the email she sent this Candidate as proof.  We have sent this email to Costco corporate!  We have also emailed this to all of P&G’s customers and employees!

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Also, we are using this email as a way to get those Washington state politicians to cut money from Washington State University because Jeni Enslin, the Director of Staff Resources at BCRA Design, proves their grads are no good!

Also, firms like BCRA Design need to look into outsourcing their HR Department.  Yes, it will save them plenty of money.  And they need to do that because nothing says your HR department is stupid like wasting candidate’s time compliments of Jeni Enslin.

BCRA Design is that firm you can refuse!  Paid for by people who fear religious hypo-Christians like Jeni Enslin!

CORE STATES GROUP CORPORATE RECRUITER ERICA AVILA CAUGHT GIVING BAD CANDIDATE EXPERIENCES

Erica Avila: the reason Core States Group is a bad structural engineering firm!

Recruiters can make or break your company.  Here is one company you may not have heard about, but you may have seen their work. Anyone who has even been a customer at Chase Bank, McDonalds, Taco Bell, or CVS may have heard of this firm.  This firm is the Core State Group.

A Candidate applied to their Structural Engineer post.  The Candidate met Core States Group’s recruiter Erica Avila for the first time.  She stated she had never recruited engineers who designed buildings. The Candidate was very patient.

A few days later, Erica Avila contacted the Candidate.  Instead of setting up the second interview like she promised the candidate, she decided to interrogate the Candidate!  She told the Candidate that she wanted a list of all projects the Candidate ever designed. There is one major problem with this:  the Candidate was also a reviewer for two years.  Erica Avila wanted the candidate to list every building (s)he designed.  This would be a massive task.  So why would Erica Avila of the Core States Group want this information?  We believe it is because she wants to use the candidate’s job experience to procure future work.

Erica Avila also claimed that self-employed people should never apply to work for Core States Group.  This idiot also claimed that because someone claimed they were freelance means they are looking only for part time work.  Eric Avila lives in a fantasy world where all structural engineers are fully employed.  We bet she would discriminate against retired people and part-time mothers if she could.  If Erica Avila cannot understand what she is hiring for, do you think she should work as a recruiter?  We bet she must think that being on government assistance would be so much easier than for this Candidate to actually make money.

When the Candidate stated that HR should be eliminated, Erica Avila went off the rails.  Apparently, job security for idiots is a number 1 thing with Erica Avila.

If Erica Avila had a brain in her head or a place to put one, she would know that the Candidate is licensed in California as a Structural Engineer.  This means that this Candidate could legally design any building including schools and hospitals.

We read the Glassdoor complaints and learned that Core States Group is a very bad company to work for.  After seeing how this Candidate was treated by their HR person Erica Avila, we can only imagine how well (or not well) run this firm is.

Indeed.com had some very unflattering comments on this firm!

Core States Group lacked leadership. Work load was unbalanced and there was no focus on manpower utilization. My last day came as a surprise and and someway I felt it was a good circumstance to find and seek other and better opportunities. Management would without consulting your deadlines, override any project manager scope and take away your manpower on your project. This was frustrating and is probably one of the reasons we had to be let go. Overhead costs were being affected by poor management of manpower. Sadly, I did like the CEO but I had no say so on how business should operate.

Conclusion:  Avoid Core States Group at all costs!  If you ever encounter Erica Avila, avoid her at all costs!

 

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.

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!

Davde 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.