Seriously, what the heck? Is this normal for an employer to do?
No, this is completely unacceptable. Sure, the interview didn't work out, but screwing the candidate because of that is just so, so bad.
Do I have any recourse against this employer?
As a legal question which is going to depend on your jurisdiction and that of the employer. You'd need to ...
Be sure to post to GlassDoor, etc, but be absolutely sure to post only the exact truth, with nothing opinion based which could get you sued.
Do that - after you have found a lawyer; most will give a free consultation if they are fairly sure of a win, for which you probably have grounds (especially give that "had to eat scraps from other customers").
You have, I believe, more options than this.
Go as originally planned, and ask the company to give you an advance on your PTO, or work some weekends, so you can take a full vacation with your family. Use your possible losses as an argument to let you do this. Check if the company has cancelled the hotel booking you were going to use (Tuesday to Sunday), and ...
There's no harm in asking, but you probably shouldn't be expecting them to allow you to take a cash alternative.
The chances are that they're paying for business class flights because they want you to be able to get off the plane at the other end in a fit state to start working and not because it's a luxury perk.
My suggestion is to make the most of it, ...
Travel as you would normally.
I.e, spend the money as if hypothetically you were not having your expenses covered. If you'd normally get a taxi, get a taxi. If you'd normally use public transport then you should use that.
This is a good guideline for all expense claims.
I am pretty sure that those 4 round trip flights would be considered a business expense. However, if your company paid off your student loans this would not be considered a business expense. There are tax implications.
The company is paying all your expenses, including a flight. I don't think there will be an accountant looking how you got to the airport wondering why you did not take public transport. The accountant costs more money wondering than you taking that taxi.
So take a taxi. Don't overthink it. It's not a test, it's just travel.
Seriously, what the heck? Is this normal for an employer to do?
No. As far as slimy tactics by employers go, this is pretty up there. If I were you I'd name & shame them on glassdoor and the like. If they're in any sort of public spotlight the PR from that will be disastrous. Nobody wants to interview much less work for a company with that track record.
Yes, it would be inappropriate. It doesn't matter that they are official documents, they're still personal documents - i.e. not part of the company's business. There's no reason your employer should pay for your personal life.
And frankly, it's a first class stamp.
For a 15 minute trip I would cover the costs myself. It's just not worth the hassle of sending them the receipt and waiting a month for their expenses. If you've flown in to a foreign city it would be a different story, and your transportation could be part of the trip expenses, somewhat dwarfed by your airfare. This doesn't seem the case from your question.
Is this normal for an employer to do?
I've swapped 'horror interview' stories with other developers and managers, but I've never heard of this happening.
I must have said something offensive
Maybe, but only blame yourself for blowing the interview.
Don't blame yourself for the return plane ticket fiasco.
This is likely a single person making a big ...
If you've passed the initial Skype screen then you have a reasonable chance of success, and my experience right now from trying to recruit in London is that good graduates are in short supply - your position is certainly not that weak. It is worth asking the company if they will contribute, say, the cost of the flight - they may say no, in which case you're ...
What the company did was in extremely poor taste, so much so, that I wonder if there might be something more happening, especially since you said you bombed the interview, both technically and personally.
In your job application, were you truthful and honest?
Did you lie or seriously exaggerate about your skills, experience or history?
Was there a phone ...
Unfortunately, your employer isn't liable for the costs of your family's trip or the extra nights. The firm is only responsible for the costs of travel (and the cost of cancelling reservations) that is directly related to your time at the conference, as directed by your manager.
However, you might consider having a discussion with your manager about your ...
Take this experience as a lesson learned. In the future don't plan family vacations at work events. In this case the CEO canceled the event, but this is no different than if you had been laid off for whatever reason. While you were given assurances that the conference would happen, things changed and you should not assume that things will never change. ...
There are reasons why your company might want their employees to fly business class instead economy class:
They see a business value in ensuring that their employees are relaxed when they arrive at their destination, because they believe that it will help them to work better.
It's a prestige thing. They want to show everyone that they care about their ...
I know that sending personal mail (for instance, sending a letter or a
package to a personal friend) on the company's bill would be
inappropriate or unethical
If that's the case at your company, then certainly sending your personal tax return on the company's bill is equally inappropriate.
And if you aren't sure if it's appropriate - just ask your boss ...
By all means, ask. Sometimes people "on the ground" are aware that the company wastes money on XYZ and you don't see it.
You probably will get a mix of good ideas, impractical ideas and self serving ideas. That's ok. You are asking for suggestions, not finding advice. And one good idea makes asking worthwhile!
Your superiors will care about your budget ...
I am based in the US. In the past, when I have gone to interviews in different cities, the travel expenses from my house to my local airport have not been covered and I usually take public transit. It costs about $1.50 - so I don't worry too much about that expense.
However, the thing I have noticed is that most public transit systems do not give receipts....
How should I decide whether it is appropriate to cash the check? Because I am declining their offer it feels a little weird to me.
Companies have people out for interviews all the time. Very often this is many thousands of dollars.
It is simply expensive to hire new employees. This figure from here shows some estimates for cost of replacement vs annual ...
How should I decide whether it is appropriate to cash the check?
Because I am declining their offer it feels a little weird to me.
Remember that the check is simply reimbursement for your interviewing expenses.
It's not a down payment on your first week of work. It's not a sign-on bonus.
Cash the check. Send your regrets about declining the position. ...
If you visit them in a town that you don't know, taking a taxi is the obvious thing to do instead of figuring out how public transport works. If you travel from home to the airport or train station, you do what's most convenient for you.
Is taking a cab to the originating airport common (and they won't even
blink)? Or is this something that might make me appear either lazy or
spendthrifty, and I should either make alternate arrangements, swallow
that part of the cost, or say something?
I don't know if it's "common" or not. I do know that I've had folks get reimbursed for the costs of ...
If your people are travelling to countries where it's culturally expected to tip, you should re-reimburse them for this. The employee is travelling on your behalf and really doesn't have much of a choice.
The easiest way to deal with this is to set a clear policy that states the rules for every country and occasion. Example "In Germany we reimburse tips on ...
It's not necessarily "normal" to handle travel expenses this way, but not unheard of either. I've been with companies who managed all travel arrangements internally, companies which provided an internal self-service interface that employees could use to arrange their own travel (restricted to preferred providers/companies, etc.), and companies which had ...
precedent for asking that money to be reallocated
YES. I have heard of at least two companies that offer Business Class as an entitlement on long haul flight but will give the traveler a fixed amount bonus if they book into Economy. Meaning, Business -or- Economy + $1000.
The only thing OP needs to do is ask their Manager is such a deal exists. The bonus ...
Since it's on the company credit card, there's exactly zero chance of "sweeping it under the rug".
Step 1: Talk to the intern and confirm the facts. Did the intern actually incur that expense?
Step 2: Talk to the boss - he's going to find out anyway, so it's in your best interest to bring it up before he discovers it. For a 7 figure deal he may find a ...
This varies, so the only way to find out is to talk to the person in your company who books corporate travel. That person will be able to tell you if corporate rates are available for personal use. I have done this for hotels and rental cars, and sometimes the answer was yes and sometimes no.
Don't think of it as "cheap"; think of it as "being economical"....