Have you ever heard of a partner telling a company that a former employee was applying to that they should not hire them?

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Look, unless you live in a massive metro area, partners at your firm are at most one degree of separation from partners at every other firm. They run in the same circles. Go to lunch together. Probably attend sporting events together. Don’t be a jackass and burn bridges. Doing so will be difficult to get away from.

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The industry is small and very incestuous. Everyone knows everyone else at a certain level both public and industry. Don’t burn bridges if you don’t have to.

Pretty sure that is frowned upon. Gets messy with legal. They can just say you worked there from xx-xx if they have nothing nice to say.

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Unofficially this definitely happens

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Yes. If you listed them as a reference you open yourself up to whatever scrutiny they will provide. I had someone list me as a reference that I didn’t particularly think was a good employee and they didn’t notify me they did that. So I provided my honest feedback. If they called me and asked me to provide a positive feedback I would have done so but the assumption of just thinking I automatically would was a bit arrogant and I didn’t take to well

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Just to clairfy, it was arrogant for them to assume you would be positive?

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No, why? Did something happen to you?

I would say very few people get hired without a quick call to someone at the firm. It’s not official - that gets dicey legally. But everyone usually knows someone at the big 4 and can get a quick download.

It’s possible. But why would the partner care? Unless they were friends with an owner of the new company?

Lots of clients will ask for informal feedback on candidates that land on their desk that had previously worked at their auditors firm. Partners and others will likely give informal feedback in that situation. As someone above noted, it’s a very small accounting world. A good controller will likely have contacts at all four big 4 they can ask for feedback on candidates from.

This would be very rare

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