stupid job postings: “bennies” edition

Posted by amy on May 29, 2007

Recently I saw a job posting that had a list of perks including “free Starbucks coffee, bennies.” Wow, I thought, do they really want to advertise that their developers need tranquilizers (possibly from all the free coffee)? Then I realized that “bennies” meant benefits, as in health, leave, insurance, retirement. Note to recruiters: benefits are important enough to be listed before free Starbucks coffee and should not be referred to with a diminutive.

Also, anyone who writes “All applicants must have the ability and desire to thrive in a fast moving team environment.” deserves whoever they end up hiring.

I’m not linking to the offenders. What if I want to work for them someday? Then I’d be embarrassed and the New York Times would use me as an example of the perils of online work life in the days of blogging.

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    1. Dave Thu, 02 Aug 2007 08:56:55 UTC

      Benzedrine is an amphetamine.

    2. max Thu, 02 Aug 2007 09:02:16 UTC

      Yes, but she was referring to benzodiazepines, not to benzedrine. We Gen-Xers are more likely to pop tranqs than amphetamines (I think…)

    3. Dave Thu, 02 Aug 2007 15:24:19 UTC

      Hmm, never heard “bennies” refer to anything but benzedrine; benzodiazepines are usually referred to as “benzos”. Weird. Live and learn, I guess, although I think literature backs me up :)

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