An Open Letter To My CEO
talia jane

Talia, I found your article interesting on oh so many levels. I found the responses even more interesting.

My first reaction was “Move on. Nothing to see here.” However, I kept thinking about this post throughout the day, and decided to add my take, for whatever it may be worth.

First, I’m the CMO of a medium sized company here in L.A., and I’m interviewing for positions in my department as I write this. I’ve come to firmly believe in the theory Hire Slowly, and Fire Quickly. I find that the applicant who appears to be a perfect match on the second interview, often turns out to be a perfect mis-match by the end of the third interview.

Talia, my guess is that around the third interview, I likely would have decided against hiring you. Let’s face it, trash talking about your current employer is not a great strategy for finding a better job. While I totally agree that minimum wage is not anywhere near a living wage in San Francisco, please tell me what you’re doing about it.

At present, there is a powerful political movement that is trying to address your problem. Get involved in it. You are by no means the only one who is unable to make ends meet. Do you want to be listened to? Make a powerful statement for change.

Dear Yelp,

I’m surprised at you! Hiring people at minimum wage in San Francisco? To me, that sounds like the perfect recipe for disaster. Further, if Talia’s claims are true, that these employees must wait for a year before being considered for promotion, I’d say you’re setting yourself up for more Talias and Huffington Post articles.

As Chris Rock so eloquently stated:

“You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss was trying to say? “Hey if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.”

I’ve likely said enough. Time to move on.