Today in Absolutely Ridiculous news, a woman named Taylor Byrnes had passed a telephone interview with Winnipeg startup food delivery company Skip The Dishes and was scheduled to have a second interview. But the startup canceled the interview when Byrnes asked about pay and benefits.
This was because apparently the woman in charge of hiring feels that people should be working full-time jobs out for the fun of it, and not for, say, financial compensation. Yeesh.
Byrnes tweeted about how her question about pay resulted in her interview being canceled. She included screenshots of her initial email asking about wages and the two replies she received from a woman—presumably in HR—named Victoria Karras, who was handling the interviews for the open position at the company. The tweet has since gone viral, with almost 5,000 retweets, because what the??
In her tweet, Taylor Byrnes shows that she'd written to Karras asking "If I do end up filling this position, how much do you think I'll be getting paid an hour? Benefits will also be included, right? Sorry, I just thought I should ask now." She even apologized for asking about salary!
Well, Karras replied to Taylor Byrnes' innocuous question about wages by canceling their scheduled second interview and writing:
Your questions are valid ones and we would like to clarify where we may have not communicated our position clearly. As a startup company, we seek out those who go out of their way to seek out challenges and new opportunities. We believe in hard work and perseverance in pursuit of company goals as opposed to focusing on compensation. Our corporate culture may be unique in this way, but it is paramount that staff display intrinsic motivation and are proven self-starters. For these reasons, questions about compensation and benefits at such an early stage is a concern related to organizational fit.
Remember, this is a food delivery service, not Doctors Without Borders. How passionate could one be expected to be?
Twitter very much sided with Taylor Byrnes in this matter.
After Taylor Byrnes' tweet went viral and the backlash against Skip The Dishes began, a co-founder of the company contacted her. We know this because the company then tweeted his apology message to her, including her name, instead of contacting her directly in private. SMH.
In a statement to BuzzFeed Canada, Skip the Dishes co-founder Joshua Stimair backpedaled, writing:
The email sent to Taylor was wrong and does not represent our team’s approach or values. We are very disappointed in how it was handled. We do share a compensation package prior to hiring. As soon as we became aware of it on Monday, we reached out to Taylor to apologize for the email and reschedule her interview.
Simair added that the company plans to provide staff with more training so this kind of thing doesn't happen again in the future. Yeah, that sounds like a pretty good plan.
Hopefully Taylor Byrnes finds a job soon that doesn't balk when she asks about pay.