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Vincenzo

Oh well, at least you didnt work for the Mafia...
Be me, just out of University in Palermo, CS degree and I am off to Malta to get an IELTS.
Being there I start to send CVs around, I was working as a freelancer before, I never got hired officially, I was just doing a lot of small websites here and there.

Malta, being a fiscal heaven, and who says otherwise is a liar, is a giant hub for all the disgusting companies, like betting companies (even though they like to define themselves as "igaming companies") or fintech.

A lot of people were interested in a junior, and this company too... a betting company one.
I hate betting, I really do, never placed a bet or played poker online and crap like that, I always though it was a dirty environment and I never wanted to do anything with it.

But I was a junior, and the money were good, and I got said that everyone that works in betting should go through a deep history check, to make sure they have nothing to do with crime or anything.

In a month I moved and I worked there for 1 year and 6 month. Terrible environment.
"this is not a fucking software company, we dont care about quality, just fix things and delivery"
You could hear people screaming on meetings things like "I dont give a shit about it, if they win(the customers) we lose money."

The whole company ignored the IT department, we just got patted on the shoulder once in a while and forgotten for months.
I was going to change, going through interviews processes with a lot of companies, so I had decided to change.

Until one day... I go to work as usual, and there was no one... weird.
I sit and start to work on my task anyway... in one hour a guy comes along and start to take away all the laptops, and asks me "whatcha doing here?"
I am like "working..."
He is like "Did you see the news on tv yesterday?"
I "well no, I do not watch TV, especially italian tv since I am abroad"
"well they arrested everyone"

I search the name of the company... BOOM!
they arrested all the managers because they were doing money laundering for the Ndrangheta (Calabria Mafia).

So yeah, I quit the same day.
And since then things just got better. But was a terrible experience that made me feel like I should listen to my feelings a bit more when I choose a job, and avoid following just the money.

I think I might have won this thread :D

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Evgeny

Haha damn! I live in Malta, and I never knew about this. Like you, I don't watch TV or follow Maltese news. Just looked it up on google and damn, this is recent.

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Vincenzo

it is not really, it was 2015, it is almost 3 years ago

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Evgeny

yea I later found that out. The news post i looked at was 2017. But it was a different one.
timesofmalta.com/articles/view/201...

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Levi Albuquerque

OMG! This looks like a film plot

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Vincenzo

if you want to buy it, you need to make me an offer I can't refuse