“Tom ultimately delivered poor work, left us with problems, did not build our servers with the proper redundancy, and disappeared at a critical time. Tom Scytalle probably has the skills to do the work you need, however, he is strong willed and difficult to interact with for his co-workers. We gave Tom extra chances in our belief that it would pay off to keep Tom and his skill sets plus his growing familiarity with our code. It failed when he simply quit with no explanation. Tom left us to discover his server set up was inadequate, his programming was hasty and error prone, and that the nurturing of a relationship was worthless with this young man.
The job we entrusted to Tom Scytalle was to: (A). Migrate our eCommerce platform from AWS to Linode, (B). Help to set up development environments for a major rewrite of the backend of our platform, and then (C). stay around as Sys Admin and to work on the transition to the new rewrite of website. Tom had the right set of skills, with knowledge of System Administration and Django- a perfect match. Troubles began with Tom in his communication skills. Tom's communication style is terse, laconic. This was were we had to first step in, to no avail: Tom was always quick to defend his actions, his decisions and his behavior--that is to say, we had a lot of trouble with Tom from the beginning, but problems only grew from there. Not only did we discover Tom was an egotist, he was also reckless: 1). He reported he was ready to migrate us from AWS to Linode when we clearly were not. 2). His work on setting up the Dev. environment? Failure due to his "my way or the highway" approach. 3). His work as System Admin? Tom was good at being available. However, 3/5 times the emergency was "Oh, I see it. I worked on that last week. I ..." In conclusion, Tom disappeared 6 weeks ago and has not been heard from since. We reached out to him, but nothing. Tom chose to run and hide from duties, responsibilities, and loyalty. ”