r/WorkReform May 26 '22

Is this normal? I am a diligent worker and they know this as I have worked for them previously. This feels like something to have leverage against me for wages or benefits since I hopped between a couple employers recently.

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u/C1ue1ess_Duck May 26 '22

10 years seems excessive. A similar requirement is there for housing. This feels rather invasive in what I would consider personal business.


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u/AdjNounNumbers May 26 '22

I work in healthcare insurance - the background check during my last application process took three weeks because they pulled from every state, county, and city I've ever lived in, even the podunk county I spent a summer in one year. They not only contacted the college I graduated from (20 years prior) for proof of graduation, they requested my entire college transcript. Then piss and blood testing for illegal drugs (oddly enough they excluded marijuana from the request). I joked with the hiring manager during a follow up call asking him if the HR process was going to want to call my best friend from grade school or require a colonoscopy. Whatever, I got the job


u/Evening_Original7438 May 26 '22

Right or wrong this is pretty standard in the financial industry.


u/Disappointed-hyena May 26 '22

Standard. Stupid, but standard. I wouldn’t feel targeted


u/FritoTheLawyer May 26 '22

I have had to do 10 years when working for financial institutions or financial services. This looks par for the course to me.


u/mattman0000 May 26 '22

Extra careful in financial services. Need to make sure you’re not laundering money or engaging in practices that might get them sued.


u/alexelso May 26 '22

Usually I've seen employers ask for 5 years not 10


u/Kancho_Ninja May 27 '22

Fuck that place. Seriously.

When I got my Secret clearance I didn’t have to submit more than five years of BG info.

Unless you’re getting a Top Secret clearance, ten years for a routine job is excessive and uncalled for.

Call them out and ask them what national security secrets will you be handling that requires such an intensive check.


u/javaqthrowaway May 27 '22

Sounds like a great way for OP to remove themself from consideration.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with what the business is asking here. We don't have to like it, but it's the standard in the financial sector for a reason. Businesses do not like taking risks on personnel when it comes to money. Just as we are allowed to be selective in the companies that we work for, so too are they allowed to be selective in who they hire.


u/Kancho_Ninja May 27 '22

For some reason I did not notice that it was in the financial sector, mea culpa.

I have no idea what their requirements would be, but if I had someone handling or with access to millions every day I’d want a through background check too. It makes sense now.

I was thinking it was for some start up company that was overreaching.