chairman fired, entire engineering team quits

Submitted by I Like Burgers on July 11th, 2016 at 8:04 PM

Just saw this one come across on the Twitter feed.  Awful Announcing has a good write-up on the craziness happening over at Scout.  Sunday night, the chairman (and former CEO as of June) Jim Heckman was fired after trying to negotiate on behalf of the engineering team over late paychecks and unrealized equity.  The board didn't like that, so they fired him and changed the locks on the engineering office in Seattle, which prompted the whole engineering team to quit.

Whole thing sounds like a giant clusterfuck.

Story at Awful Announcing.



July 11th, 2016 at 8:44 PM ^

Sam must be really rakin it in to stay at that dump.  Although maybe if they hire new engineers their layout will become mildly useable.  Those guys should've been fired ages ago.


July 11th, 2016 at 8:57 PM ^

Moreover, with no CEO and no tech team (although a source indicates investors believe they may be able to coerce the tech team to return), Scout’s future doesn’t look bright, and there’s speculation the company may be snapped up by either Yahoo’s Rivals or CBS’ 247. It looks like we’re set for yet another roller-coaster ride in the world of recruiting sites.

Well, it would definitely be hard to stay in business with neither leadership nor a team to support the product, but yikes, what a clusterfuck. 

I was kind of interested in seeing the letter concerning the tech team quite frankly, but the link didn't seem to work on my browser. 

I Like Burgers

July 11th, 2016 at 10:27 PM ^

TV is a small shrinking world. Jobs aren't easy to find and that's before you flood the marketplace with people.

And either way, throwing out a "find another job" is still a shitty thing to say.  Gonna guess that you probably wouldn't like it if people openly cheered for your industry to collapse so you and your family had to move states to find new employment in likely an entirely different field (because if ESPN goes down, the entire cable TV industry has likely collapsed).

You may not like ESPN, but there are thousands of people that work there that have nothing to do with the opinions of some on TV. Plenty of us don't like them just as much as you.


July 11th, 2016 at 10:58 PM ^

If there is a market, then someone will fill that market slot, and they will need to hire experienced people to do so, thus ending the job search for the former ESPN people.

If there is no market, then ESPN is doomed anyway.

So, really, your post is full of shit.


July 12th, 2016 at 12:16 AM ^

From the strength of your reaction I'm guessing you (or maybe someone in your family) works for ESPN.

Speaking as a long-time employee of a company known for inspiring equally passionate critics and defenders (and I'm talking about religious-level zealotry here) my advice to you is to ignore comments from people attacking your company. Just roll your eyes and move on.

I Like Burgers

July 11th, 2016 at 11:44 PM ^

Cool. I'll let some of the people I know that were laid off know it was for a good cause.  That'll help pay their mortgage.

I mean...y'all realize there's a handful of people that work at ESPN that read this blog and are part of the community, right?  And you're still dicks anyways?  Its a sports network.  Maybe you being a little miffed that people say things on air that you don't agree with or in a manner you don't like isn't quite worth wishing ill will on the people that work there.


July 12th, 2016 at 12:13 AM ^

First of all, I'm assuming you were here in the comment section crying about people losing their livelihoods when Dave Brandon was fired too? If not, all you are is a hypocrite.

Secondly, you think people don't like ESPN because sometimes we disagree with what they say? Hahahaha ok, whatever you say. 


(Hint: It could also be due to shit like this)