On Monday, I drove to my headquarters to meet with the President, Project Manager/Quotes Guy for about 2.5 hours reviewing the many projects I have in the “funnel”. We discussed one project that will integrate various robotic cells and vision inspection systems at the price of $450K. We discussed a project that I brought to the table that is worth about $350K (we actually received this PO and the equipment is on the floor) that engineering screwed up and is now officially a loss on the books. We discussed several other projects that equal several hundreds of thousands of dollars.
We then discussed the $2.3 Million project that will keep the company afloat for quite some time ahead. We are real close to winning this (according to email exchanges I received from the Plant Manager at the company I am working with). Things were great. All parties are extremely happy that I am bringing work in (there isn’t another piece of equipment on the floor from another sales guy… everything is mine).
It was then that the President received a call from the CEO of my parent company. While he took the call, I went out to the floor to review the MANY projects “I” had “brung to the table” of this company. 15 minutes later I went back to finish the engineering review of ALL THE PROJECTS I “BRUNG” TO THE TABLE and I was informed that I no longer had a job.
Apparently, this BIG MONEY shit realizes that they were about to pay me an additional $40K bonus when we received the order for the $2M system. So, after over 2 hours of team working and making the company money, I was fired.
But, itwas not just me. They fired all three sales guys and the project manager.
So, my redneck friends, this high tech asshole just entered the halls of the unemployed.
You MUST understand this. When a guy like me, on the leading edge of technology loses his job, while being told I am a very fine salesman and I have been actually keeping the company afloat with my work, we have a major problem in this country. If I get cut, we are close to total failure. I guarantee this.
You better take whatever money you have available and stock up on some food. You have about 2 or 3 weeks.
NOW: today is my 20th wedding anniversary. Thank you, BuelahLady, for sticking with me thru thick and thin.