I agree with you to a point. But if he never gets hired, it is even worse. Bad publicity is still publicity. A hard working guy will build his own reputation. A gun without bullets is no better than no gun at all. I've seen guys rise from bad companies.
Of course, if he can get on with a good company that would be great and would obviously be preferred.
The guy is surfing the hvac websites. I have worked for companies where we did not talk about hvac. As hard as I tried the guys wouldn't talk the trade.
I think blackfz1 will do well.