Inspired from this question.
The career post:
- Has lots of shouting and caps.
- Asks me to email some random guy at gmail. Apparently they're not up to having a Google Apps domain even.
- Wants me to work in Union Square, New York, which it describes as the "ground zero" of tech. I found this questionably offensive/distasteful as someone who has been working in New York. (Their office is only a couple miles away from what everyone actually thinks when they hear "Ground Zero.")
- I spent 10 minutes on the site. I still don't know what the company does, although it seems to be in the real estate industry.
Which left me thinking, not that I want to report this or whatever. Just that I want to downvote it, and possibly leave a constructive comment explaining how the OP can, you know, post something more useful.
Then I realized that actually sounds like a pretty good idea.
- People in our community looking for jobs can find desirable ones more easily
- Career postings get feedback precisely from the people looking to find jobs and learn how to make their ads relevant
All in all, it is the same approach as to our Q&A - good information gets upvoted, bad information gets downvoted, usually with feedback on how it may become good information.
I can see kinks of this turning into a "popularity contest." But if ever-so-popular Google has its listings upvoted highly, what's the harm in that? Yes, reputation counts. Perhaps Microsoft or Oracle would get the hate laid on them, but again, who cares - the companies that have strong reputation, the prospective applicant probably isn't relying on SO community opinion to evaluate, they probably have some sense somewhere else anyway. My gut is the signal-to-noise ratio will be strong enough here.