Monday, April 16, 2007

Story time

This one is about my boy (J-L), his place of employment and his coworker… let’s call him R to keep him anonymous.

J-L has been working at his company since September 2003. He has been relatively happy there the entire time. He liked his work, his coworkers and his boss. R started in 2005. J-L also liked R and considered him a friend.

Fast forward to 2007. R has made J-L a bit more aware of some negative aspects of their place of employment. They both become a little irritated with the place and begin to look for other work. R gets a job offer. It’s for quite a bit more money but also quite a bit more overnight travel. He decides to let the current place of employment know about the offer. They turn around and match the offer. R decides to stay. J-L is more than a little stunned. Stunned that the company would match it (they tend to be rather cheap) and stunned that now R is making considerably more money than he is. (They do the exact same job.) He approaches his boss to chat with him about it. His boss freaks out. He’s angry that J-L knows about it and says that it’s none of J-L’s business.

J-L then tells R (keep in mind that at this point they’re still friends and that it was R that told J-L to approach the boss for a better deal for himself) and R completely freaks out, throwing a chair against the wall and creating a large hole. J-L calms R down telling him that he’d never stated exact numbers to his boss but rather that he knew it was more.

The boss calls again (he lives in another province) to talk to J-L. J-L apologizes for the tone he used in the initial call and TB proceeds to tell J-L that the company needed to keep R as they need stability in the office. Blah, blah, blah. Thing is, J-L never really expected an offer for himself. He just wanted TB to know that he knew.

A little summary of J-L and R:

R: Takes any chance whatsoever to skip out of work early.
J-L: Feels bad if he has to go home because of a sick daughter.

R: Completely abuses his expense account. When he’s out of town he makes SURE he eats (and he’s told us this) $40 meals.
J-L: When he’s out of town (and on the company’s dime) he tends to grab lunch at Subway.

R: Has skipped out of part of every single trade show he and J-L have been to together.
J-L: Never skips AND covers for R when HE skips.

R: $800,000 territory
J-L: $1.3 million territory

R: 1.5 years
J-L: 3.5 years

R: Now making 38% more money than J-L.
J-L: TRAINED R. Still helps R out regularly.

All this long drawn out story to tell you that J-L quit his job Friday. He starts his new job (where, incidentally, he’ll be making 35% more than he currently is) April 30th. YAY! So, his current company is finding “stability” from a guy who throws chairs at the wall, takes advantage of the company in any way possible, whom everyone else in the office hates and who TB has worked with for a day and a half (in other words, TB doesn't even know if he's any good). Good for them.


Blogger Stephanie said...

I love a good story with a happy ending. Yay for J-L!!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Accidental Poet said...

Well I'm pleased to hear about the new job!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Go J-L. One of my biggest pet peeves/annoyances/things that make me mad are when people get abused and taken advantage of at work. Makes [i]me[/i] want to throw a chair against the wall when I hear about it happening to good employees.

Wish him Godspeed on the new job from Verge & I.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous raehan said...

I was going to say exactly what Stephanie said. I was already to type it and then I saw hers.

I lovve a happy ending, and also a good justice story. The nice guy should win once in a while. Yippee.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

yay jl!

4:25 PM  
Blogger pamero said...

ha ha stupid company!
Sucks for them to lose JL.
Remember JL, recycled paper towels and TP from now on.... :P

12:46 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Ha! Way to go J-L. They will miss you, no question about that.

6:29 PM  

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