Timothy Horrigan © 2011
December 9, 2010
Kronos Incorporated, the company which makes the ubiquitous Unicru personality test, does not use Unicru when it hires its own workers. And yes, it does hire workers on occasion. The Kronos careers site uses one of those systems where you upload your resume and a parser hilariously misconstrues it. The headquarters is in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. There are the usual administrative openings available in Chelmsford, and there are marketing jobs available all over the globe— but the technical jobs are in Bangalore, India.
I have sent Kronos a few application letters over the years. I could only find one archived on my current computer. There are other Kronos application letters on those useless 5-inch floppies in my garage, I am sure. On December 3, 2002, I tried to go over the head of the HR department by writing Kronos President Patrick Decker.
December 3, 2002
Dear Mr. Decker:
I am eager to learn more about the current and/or future career opportunities with Kronos Incorporated. My resume is enclosed.
You may be especially interested in my experience with Enterprise Management Solutions, Inc. EMS is a New Hampshire-based Navision Solution Center, i.e., an independent company which sells, customizes and installs Navision Solutions software, and provides customer support and training. My primary role at EMS was to customize and extend Navision Solution's accounting and database functionality by recoding the software using Navision's Pascal-like programming language, by adding new objects to the object-oriented programming environment, and by designing forms, reports, etc.
EMS's biggest client was a hotel chain with over two dozen properties throughout the northeastern US. I set up their payroll (for roughly 1000 employees in 10 different states) and built a reporting system to track labor costs for every department of every hotel in the chain. I created custom reports to show sales, costs, and profitability by region. Perhaps my most impressive achievement was my creation of a modification to import room sales data from the legacy point-of-sale system into the Navision accounting system. In addition to creating a routine to parse the POS data files, I created a whole new set of journals and ledgers to record room sales and hotel expenditures. Our client was able to import the data directly into Navision without having to pass it through even a single Excel spreadsheet en route.
My work for EMS was a great learning experience. However, EMS was in severe financial trouble, and some aspects of my working situation were less than ideal. I eventually opted to pursue a more rewarding career path elsewhere— hopefully, with Kronos.
It turns out that Decker, who was in his mid-50s at the time, "retired" ten months before I sent this letter.