Tag Archives: ATS

Honeywell’s crap ATS/HR software search function

Going to Honeywell’s careers page and trying to search for a position (for example here, an engineering position) shows two problems.

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Further SAP ATS trash

Applying to a firm that uses SAP for its HR software (“applicant tracking software”) is miserable.

Today I am a-going to post some further observations about why. Most of them have to do with localization, but some are just plain bad English use.

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Puzzle – Out of order States

While applying for a position on an ATS/HR software, I had to enter my home address (not unusual). I live in the United States, so I had to specify what state I lived in. Since there is a predefined list of (501) possibilities, it makes sense to include them in a list:


First, spot the problem (should be obvious).

Second, explain why. I’m 95% sure this was not just a “stupid mistake”, but that there is a logical explanation for it.

Reply to this post with your answers.

  1. More if you include the territories like Puerto Rico, Guam, etc. 

SAP is the worst non-custom ATS/HR software I’ve found yet

SAP is one of those “enterprise software” suites that claim to be able to essentially do everything except Email for every kind of organization or firm. You can see this on their website, which doesn’t seem to definitively describe what it does in a single sentence.

My experience with SAP is limited to Iberdrola (A Spanish energy firm) and their use of it as an applicant tracking system (ATS) or in other words HR software. It is terrible for this though, at least as they configured it.

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“How did you hear about us?”

A classical question that companies like to have their ATS/HR software ask is “How did you hear about us?” or “How did you hear about this job opening?”. I’ll let someone who works in HR explain in the comments why they like to ask this question.

I will, instead, show you this pseudo-religious answer possibility from one company:


Makes it sound like God(s) gave them the inside tip about it when they changed their faith, instead of just talking with someone already on the job.

The obvious fault here was someone misspelling “conversation” and then accepting spell check’s suggestion without making sure it was the correct one. Ooo.

Unhelpful search function

Search functions vary widely in utility. Companies have built their almost-world dominance on them. Well OK only one really, but others have done so regionally (Yandex, for example in Russia).

Plenty of search systems are trash. Wikipedia’s used to be terrible and has moderately improved since then. Tumblr’s is (evidently?) so bad that some themes even satirize it.

Sometimes, like this one below, the problem isn’t the search function, but an overzealous application of it:


When you only have two possible options, a search isn’t really required, IMO.