Hell no -I'd rather know.
I had an interesting thought regarding the comments to my last post. I had posted a particularly bad rejection notice (email) I received during my academic job search. Almost uniformly the comments honed in on my example of why industry values its workers more than academics.
I don't necessarily agree.
Yes, I have gotten my fair share of rejection letters from my academic job search, but I've gotten far less contact in previous industry searches. I honestly think that although some letters are egregiously written and not flattering to the institution that sent it, the very fact that someone took the time to let me know I was no longer in the running shows that they do care about applicants.
Contrast that to the seeming black hole of industry job applications. Although my most recent experiences are only in watching fellow lab mates during their job searches, I think the one overall truth that appeared was that the majority of the jobs you apply for will not contact you. Ever. Doesn't matter if you weren't a good fit or if they went in a different direction. You only know you didn't get the job because either 1) you're following the company on LinkedIn and see the new hire posted or 2) it's been so long that you forgot that you ever even applied.
Call me crazy, but I'd much rather hear bad news early, even if it is poorly worded and inspires a ranting blog post.
Because then I can move on. And I appreciate the honesty it took to let me know of the situation.