Cambridge Analytica engineers are getting flooded with job inquiries despite the scandal



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  • A former Cambridge Analytica engineer told Business
    Insider that he’s gotten more than 30 job inquires on LinkedIn
    since
    the firm shut down earlier this month.
  • He said big data companies were interested in hiring
    him and didn’t see his experience at the embattled firm as a
    liability.
  • He maintains that everything CA did was legal and
    standard in the industry

A former Cambridge Analytica engineer says he’s received more
than 30 job inquiries from recruiters and executives at big data
companies in the weeks since the scandal-plagued data firm

announced it was shutting down and filing for bankruptcy.

The employee, who requested anonymity because legal proceedings
surrounding the company are currently ongoing, told Business
Insider that despite
Cambridge Analytica’s litany of scandals
, he has fielded
numerous offers from recruiters and CTOs working with big data.
And he said that some of his colleagues at CA have received
similar levels of interest from recruiters as well. 

While the Cambridge Analytica name has become tarnished in
the public realm following a string of scandals like its

misuse of Facebook customer data
, the controversy does not
appear to have hurt the market value of the engineering experts
and computer programmers who created the technology. 

That’s partly due to a shortage of tech talent in the booming big
data industry, the source that BI spoke to said. 

What’s more, he said, recruiters and interviewers at data firms
seeking to offer him a job— none of which were primarily
political companies — did not hold his prior employer’s sins
against him; some even assured him that they believed much of the
media reporting about Cambridge Analytica was “fake” and “didn’t
make sense.”

I know people think that we are the devil itself but it’s
not true, the work we did at Cambridge Analytica and SCL was
legal and the stuff on the press is mostly lies from my point of
view,” he said.

“I don’t want to be in this position again”


Chris Wylie London talk Cambridge Analytica
Cambridge
Analytica whistleblower Chris Wylie at a speaking event in London
on March 26.

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About 100 Cambridge Analytica employees,
The Wall Street Journal reported
, are looking for new jobs
after the Trump-linked political research firm ignited a global
debate about data privacy by breaking Facebook’s own rules to
improperly obtain the personal data of 87 million Facebook users.
Former Cambridge Analytica executives were also
caught on camera
appearing to suggest that they could
manipulate elections and entrap political candidates
with sex workers and bribes.

“Personally I would like to see the unedited version [of
the video], but also some of the stuff he said should never have
been said,” the engineer said of the video featuring the
company’s CEO. Still, he added, “at the end he is a businessman
and it’s trying to sell his product.”

The comments are in contrast to Christopher Wylie, one of
the whistleblowers that bought the Cambridge Analytica story to
light and who
has said the company’s technology was turned into a
“psychological warfare” tool.

About 35 or 40 of the 100 CA employees worked in technical
roles, the engineer told Business Insider.

The toll of working at a company with an incredible amount of
scrutiny from the media has taken its toll, though. The employee
said that he declined every offer from a big data company because
he said he doesn’t want to be at the center of a media firestorm
again.

“This Cambridge Analytica story made me realize that common
people don’t understand how these companies operate and I don’t
want to be in this position again, when the press disagrees with
the next company I go work for,” he said.

Cambridge Analytica is under
several investigations
in both the U.S. and the U.K. 

Still, the employee maintains that everything Cambridge Analytica
did was legal and standard for the industry, parroting the
defense the company has made publicly. 

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