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The Dark Side of Outstaffing.

If you’re somehow involved in IT business probably the terms outstaffing and outsourcing are familiar to you. What you definitely don’t know, is that both of these IT practices have their aspects that will not make you a proud dad if these were your kids.

Is this situation really happened? Yeah, but all names were changed, so I decide to tell this story.

Meet Paul, he’s the first ever outstaffing victim.

It all started back in 2015 when he was a senior full-stack JS developer in a company called…ehm, let’s call it Javia. Paul made an astonishing career, and being a smart 29-year-old guy and already a proud owner of a Chrysler 300.

The company where he worked is a really famous IT incubator in his hometown. Everyone knew that successful career, and all kinds of money, can be found in Javia. The company managers ensured that every newly hired person, in the short time span, would get all the necessary skills to make Javia prosper.

One of the most respectable perks for Javia’s workers was an outstaffing opportunity. Basically, it’s a process when one company rents its workers to another, to complete certain tasks that can’t be fulfilled due to lack of resources or knowledge. Only the most dignified workers could be chosen as members of an outstaffing team, and this happened to Paul.

Into the storyline comes another company that’s an antipode of Javia, let’s call it Notjavia. At the end of 2015, Notjavia made an outstaffing request hoping to get a well-up JS developer.

This is how Paul began his short adventure in a company commonly known as the “Hell-Gate”.

The “Hell-Gate’s” policy reminds me of the Fight Club rules 1-2 — “You do not talk about the Hell-Gate”.

That’s why nobody could warn Paul about developer’s team leader in the “Hell-Gate”.

The first day was ok, but after the bug in Paul’s code was detected, in the first 10 seconds our friend faced the wall of bullying, violence, and insults. Excuses were not accepted, they blazed the dev-psycho.

The last thing Paul remembers was how the team leader picked the book by Patrick Niemeyer “Learning Java” (which is a really fat book, 1k pages)…and then comes the darkness.

The incident was hushed up, but Paul felt like Javia let him down, and on the New Year’s Eve Paul threw a goodbye party.


What can Paul’s story teach us in the context of outstaffing?


The «silence police» is a bad thing.

A widely accepted silence policy not only prevents applicants from finding the truth about the teams they want to work in, but also restricts giving publicity to the shit that happens in the background.

Basically, outstaffing is an awesome opportunity for young professionals to get new experience unless they don’t get hit in the face for making some silly mistakes. Watch your back.

Psychology issues

According to the statistics provided by Nathan Brooks, a forensic psychologist, it turns out that 1 in 5 CEOs is a psychopath. That’s a pretty scarу data because the way how these people treat their employees can make daily routine truly unbearable.

Apart from CEO’s people like the team leader from the Hell-Gate are singled out for rapid promotion due to their polish, charm, and cool decisiveness (while guys like Paul have to work their asses off trying to get the promotion.) Manipulative and bullying skills help them achieve any possible goal.

What companies need, is a full-time psychologist who will attend all interviews, and will help make portraits of applicants, thus prevent infiltration of such personalities into the team.

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