The request raised red flags for the co-founder. And he changed his decision from a “hesitant yes” to a “hell no”. His reason: if someone makes requests like these, then they are not a right fit for his firm.
A user posted a screenshot of the post on Reddit. And here’s what Redditors had to say.
“Honestly, the candidate dodged a bullet.” – auctus10
“Candidate dodged a bullet there. F*** his company and his “I am job giver” attitude. With this attitude, his company is going to run to the ground. Piece of sh** startup hustle culture a*****e.” – roguerak
“If a start-up co-founder is asking for validation on his arrogance and lack for communication abilities on the Internet, then definitely it’s a workplace which people should be cautious about. What’s next, rejecting a candidate because they recovered from an illness? Or rejecting a female because the candidate recently got married and is potentially planning to have a baby?” – aatank619
“Imagine having to work for this guy, with a God Complex, where a single wrong question would cost you your job or promotion. The candidate was lucky to have dodged this bullet. On top of everything, he had the audacity to post that on LinkedIn; so that he would come off as some sort of wannabe thought leader with a badass attitude.” – masoomdon
“The answer should’ve been a simple, “No, we don’t have any such benefits, our CTC is structured differently.” The problem, though if you expect your employees to WFH, you need to make sure they don’t cheap out on their internet. And it’s the company’s responsibility to pay for the internet connection. You’re literally paying peanuts for your employees to be more productive.” – penguin_chacha
“It’s not like the girl even demanded for the reimbursement! This guy just rejected her on the basis of a request! These are the type of people which the general workforce tends to hate with a vengeance.” – ThickSkinIndian
While the setting for the original post has been changed on LinkedIn and it is no longer public, users were quick to share this on Twitter too.
LinkedIn x startups are a special marriage made in hell lol pic.twitter.com/x6zxQN2VLN— harnidh.eth (@chiaseedpuddin) May 23, 2022
What happens when someone asks this gyaani for maternity leave? Or accidental leave? Or medical care reimbursements.— Vasu Chaturvedi (@VasuChaturvedi) May 23, 2022
“It’s just a gut feeling that someone that makes this kind of request is not someone for our company” – that LinkedIn dude probably….
Such co-founders are a red flag. Somebody made a very good point in the threads, the wifi cost is possibly a significant 2% part of the candidate’s CTC. Moreover, why do such questions hurt you. A penny might not matter to you but it matters to most. https://t.co/lEwcqF4I9V— Madhav Ranka (@mady619) May 25, 2022
Wondering how difficult it is to answer her question with a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’? https://t.co/pm1vxwO1vn— A Grumpy Mama (@Agrumpymama) May 25, 2022
High time companies give us actual perks and benefits rather than bean bags and ping-pong tables.