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December 9, 2010 10:30 PM Subscribe
For two years, I worked for an organization that now has a bad reputation. Should I include it on my resume?
posted by anonymous to work & money (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
About five years ago, I worked at a large organization that, within the past few years, has gotten a really, really bad reputation. Probably partly deservedly (and they definitely had some crummy practices when I was there), but most of it is due to the fact that it became a catchall for everything that was wrong with a certain industry. I imagine the majority of Americans wouldn't recognize the name, but among those who do, most would probably have a bad reaction.
I worked there for a little over two years. I started out in an entry level position, and received two promotions. I was not really involved in the sort of stuff that the org is known for.
I'm not hugely proud of the work I did there but I'm not ashamed, either; my first two positions were heavily administrative. In my last position, I had several projects that were meaningful to me, and it helped put me on the track that I am am on now. I've done similar work at other organizations since.
I'm wondering if I should include this job on my resume for both work or for a graduate program application. Because I worked there so long, I don't want to have those blank spaces on my resume, and I did do things that are applicable and meaningful to what I want to do now. However, I'm afraid just the name of the place is a huge turn-off to people, and may make them toss my resume or application aside. I will likely be applying to graduate school in a year, so I am thinking about both current jobs and future school plans.