Trust has always been an important thing to me, I suppose I tend to trust people to much, many times to my own detriment. I was an independent sales rep for a company for 14 years, I am going to leave out their name because I know they track everyone who mentions them on the internet.
On the first day back after the Christmas and New Year Holidays they decided to terminate my 14 year relationship with zero notice. I have to say I was really blindsided, although I saw many changes happen, and was a little concerned, in my mind since I had been there for 14 years and always worked on commission I didn’t expect the relationship to be terminated with no notice. In retrospect it is my own fault for trusting that businesses and people are always up front, honest and trustworthy.
The reason why I feel I need to put this out here is that it seems there have been many rumors floating around, most of which are totally false. Here is a brief summary of exactly what happened and I have documentation to back this up. Over the years I have come to find out that many people will say just about anything to make a sale, or put money in their pockets, I have never been like that, and really don’t expect people I deal with to act that way.
On 12/30/2011 I recieved this email…
I hope all is going well. I am sorry that I was not able to meet with you need today for our weekly meeting. I would like to meet with you briefly at 4:00 PM on Tuesday January 3rd to discuss a few things.
Have a Happy New Years!
So I called in Tuesday January 3rd, 2012 for what I thought was a regular weekly meeting and found out that they were terminating the relationship with NO notice at all, and at that moment I was being cutoff from access to everything I had worked for 14 years on with this particular company.
I was given a termination letter and that was it. No “thank you for helping us build the company from 5 million to 25 million a year”, no “lets talk about how we can make this work out for everyone”, nothing.
Just to be clear, I have documentation of this, so if anyone wants it please ask…
I am very happy now that it turned out as it did because I have built a reputation over 20 some year in the IT industry of trust, and I would rather not be associated with people who will lie, cheat, and steal just to make a dollar, especially not at the expense of nonprofit customers who work hard everyday to make a difference!