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Old 01-07-2014, 09:44 PM
 
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Hello Everyone! My husband & I currently live in the New Orleans & we will be moving to CS within the next 3-6 months for my husband's job. There aren't a lot of jobs or opportunities for advancement with a company in NOLA due to A LOT of nepotism. Do you guys have a problem with this there? I know it happens everywhere, but it seems to be a HUGE problem here. What about city/county jobs?
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:18 AM
 
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I don't think it is a big problem, but I think certain industries or companies sometimes have a bit of a network they tend to hire from - for example, school district 3 is well known for preferring to hire people who attended the district themselves or family of people already in the district, -- it is kind of a small town thing going on there. But they do hire other people all the time, too.

Short story - I think there is a bit of that everywhere, but it is not a problem people frequently think about or bring up here, and most certainly less of an issue than New Orleans.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:07 AM
 
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Nepotism is a serious issue everywhere. Relatively, it occurs less here than in many other locations I have researched. Is the difficulty with one company, or with all companies? I wouldn't have expected it to be so common in New Orleans, since it is a large city, but it seems to be less common on the west coast than other areas. As far as landlocked areas go, we do better than average at controlling it. However, I still frequently witness hiring decisions that are sub-optimal and see job postings for positions that are never filled or where the candidate was chosen, the position was designed for them, and the qualifications were written to their resume. The best advice I can give is to be proactive about applying to several companies, regularly, and to never move to the Midwest. I can't imagine NOLA being anywhere near as strong in nepotism as the big towns (not really cities) in the Midwest. (Chicago is a city, they are not being included in this generalization)

PS. It seems to be some industries are more ripe for it as well. Unfortunately, anywhere you go the best positions are usually given out based on nepotism. You can certainly land low level jobs (IE call center) without help from nepotism.
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:55 PM
 
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I'm also planning on moving to COS in about 6 months and am from New Orleans. At least I know there will be a few other Who Dats and Tigers fans there!
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:48 PM
 
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lurtsman, maybe you've never been to Louisiana - it and New Orleans are notorious world wide for corruption and nepotism. I believe it has ranked as having the most corrupt governors and other leaders historically out of all the states.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:00 AM
 
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You are correct Otowi, I have never been to Louisiana. I was hoping to visit New Orleans at some point. How bad are these governors? On the level of Toronto and San Diego?
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:07 PM
 
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Lurtsman: The history of Louisiana political and police corruption is legendary. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't visit New Orleans. It's a fun town (depending on how you define "fun"). On holiday or festival weekends (not just Mardi Gras) the Quarter is a zoo. Wall to wall people, the majority of whom appear to be falling down drunk; clubs too full to even get in the door, etc. etc. Not my thing, but off Bourbon Street, things are much quieter and reasonably sane. The food is out of this world. Beignets, cafe au lait, and people watching at Cafe du Monde is a great tradition. The jazz festival is outstanding and street musicians are great. There's a casino by the river if you like to gamble. The art galleries and the aquarium are wonderful. I've been there several times on business and as a place to meet up with friends from the South. If you crave the insanity of the Bourbon Street, have at it, but there are plenty of other attractions to make a trip there worthwhile.

As for your comparison of the mayors of Toronto and San Diego, I have to take exception and stand up for my old home town, San Diego. Toronto's mayor is still in office (though stripped of his duties) and plans to run for reelection. He continues to be a running embarrassment to the good folks of Toronto. San Diego's recent mayor (Filner) was only in office for about 8 months. When the sexual harassment stuff became public, he put up a fight for a while, but resigned pretty quickly under a lot of pressure. While it's been a long time since i've lived in SD, I don't recall any major issues of corruption or malfeasance in office with any of its previous mayors other than Filner (while in office anyway). Filner's (short) tenure is not representative of SD's mayoral or municipal history. Certainly nothing even worth mentioning in the same breath as the history of corruption in Louisiana and New Orleans.
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:39 PM
 
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Hi! I'm also moving to CS from New Orleans! I agree, nepotism is a really big problem here aside from a million other problems that make it really stressful to live here. I can't wait to leave.
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:36 PM
 
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Just fyi, you can Google search it and find lots of articles about Louisiana corruption - it even warrants its own wikipedia page. Louisiana tops the list for country's most corrupt | Mail Online
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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Thanks Carrera. I mean no offense to those cities, and in particular I am very fond of San Diego. It was a finalist in which city we would move to. Rather than referencing the city, I meant only the recent embarrassment, as I could not remember Filner's name.

How about that, we learn something new each day. I know a fair bit about most places in the U.S. but somehow hadn't heard about this. Thank you for all the info.

Welcome to the city Monkeygirl1979.

Otowi, thanks for the link, I'm going to read it now.
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