Tuesday, May 15, 2007


I work for a company that provides an employee benefits related service to corporations nationwide. We have one client that is HUGE and spends millions on various benefits for their employees nationwide. They are a multi-million? Billion? dollar company, and we are a small family-owned business (national as we may be...).

I had a meeting at their offices today. I went with one of my employers (one of the two owners). We walked in to an ambush that was absolutely despicable and ridiculous. Business may be business, but our contact at this company is downright unprofessional and a bully. If I had someone working for me that misrepresented my company in that way I would absolutely not allow it. I feel kind of dirty... Our contact their barely let my boss (the CEO of the company I work for) finish her sentances...

In my short time since college, I have tried really hard to work for businesses that were small, and had some sort of good thing to offer the world. After working at NTT in Japan for a stint, and suffering through my mom working there for a few years, I cam to the conclusion that life is just way to short to put yourself in a position where you are compromising your morals for the sake of a paycheck. And probably not even a great one, at that. Today's meeting completely reminded me of why I have taken that stance, and showed me that once again, the folks that I work for rock. We do what we can as a small company to get by in this day and extremely biased age, and not only do we strive to treat our clients well, we really try to treat the people working for us as employees and independent contractors, as well as our vendors with respect. And we respect their integrity.

I suppose there's the whole karma/what comes around goes around view of things, but I really hope our contact at this company gets their comeuppance. AGH!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, Caitlin! Being ambushed sucks! I, too, have walked into a meeting being totally misled then, in front of a public meeting, being falsely accused. Not a good situation.

On a totally different subject, I am visiting Adriana right this minute and want to send you, via regular snail mail, a birthday card. But, I did not take my address book with me, so need your address. If you email me at JenFais@infoblvd.net I'll get it in my own email. That would be peachy. Otherwise, I am enjoying my time here. This evening, wei'll have dinner with Holger then cards, beer and Jaegermeister! Sounds like a fun evening shaping up!

Love and care to you,

Love, Jennie