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SpeedFC: Alert the Captain! The ship is sinking!!

Created: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
01:24:02 UTC

I announced my resignation at SpeedFC on 7 February 2011, one week after the resignation of their most tenured, senior and skilled developer, Ben Lake — who is still in the job market to the best my knowledge. In the month since, my backup on their ecommerce platform, Neil Little, jumped ship as well.

Well! I just received the following email:


Excellent Opportunity For PHP Developers: Dallas, TX

[...]

I'm reaching out to you today on behalf of one my clients — a leading provider of eCommerce solutions — who urgently seek PHP Developers to design and deliver B2B/B2C web applications on the back of the LAMP stack.


Now, I am willing to wager serious money that the client of this staffing agency is none other than SpeedFC.


Things are extremely rough over at SpeedFC right now. I've heard first-hand how the senior developers are talking to recruiters on the phone in the office, showing up well-dressed and telling people they're going to job interviews, etc.

There were 7 senior developers in November 2010 and 10 of us as late as January 2011; there will probably be 3 or 4 after this month, and those four will have an average tenure of just about 4 months.

Why is that? It is my opinion that SpeedFC is being mismananged into the ground. Because it is a privately-held company, there is very little objective information sent to the clients.

Let me be clear, however, the mismanagement did not come (in any form) from

In fact, those gentlemen are still fighting an epic battle to "manage up", bailing far more than their fair share, desperately trying to keep the ship afloat while the captain surrounds himself with Yes-Men and believes everything is OK.

I was the Team Lead and Senior Developer of SpeedFC's Internet Retail Platform, the glue that holds all of their various ecommerce properties together and handles the vast majority of their business logic.

While at SpeedFC, I had the pleasure of working with incredibly competent people there, who have all decided to jump ship there in the last 3 months:

Here's the full email:


Excellent Opportunity For PHP Developers: Dallas, TX

Good afternoon.

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is David Parkes, Resource Development Manager with Modis, a global provider of IT employment services.

I'm reaching out to you today on behalf of one my clients — a leading provider of eCommerce solutions — who urgently seek PHP Developers to design and deliver B2B/B2C web applications on the back of the LAMP stack. These are Permanent positions, based in North Dallas, TX, and offer a dynamic, challenging environment, excellent compensation and the opportunity to join a company that is experiencing explosive growth.

My client wants to interview candidates immediately, so if you're an experienced PHP developer and want to learn more about these opportunities, send your resume today to, censored@email.com.