I want a chunk of the change, please.
December 20, 2011 6:55 AM Subscribe
Is there any recourse for this sticky work situation? Crying about wanting a chunk of the commission, and whining about the business owner's kids inside.
posted by Syllables to work & money (19 answers total)
I work at a small (about 15 employees) company in Wisconsin. I do design and web maintenance for them, the other players in the office are the accountant and the secretary. There is no HR person.
The owner employees 3 salesmen- two are his sons and one he refers to as his adopted son. All three are salaried with commission.
The issue is, the salesmen often pass off all (and I mean ALL) the work onto the accountant, the secretary, and myself. We are the ones contacting prospective employees, creating and requesting quotes, and basically making the sales. Often times we are the sole and only contact the customer has with the company. When we sell an item, the customer is assigned to a salesman and he gets the commission. If it's a repeat customer the commission goes to whoever he was assigned to previously.
Other times the customer will call office, tell the salesman what he wants and the salesman will have us do all the leg work, then he calls him back with the information and quotations we created for him. He might spend a total of 10 minutes on the sale.
We are not a high-volume sales company, we average maybe two or three sales a day if we are lucky.
Aside from creating a bit of stress on us (we have increasingly more and more support work to do while maintaining our other job responsibilities), we are getting jaded about doing all the work and watching the salesmen rake in the profits.
I'm contemplating bringing it up with the boss/owner, but I know what his reaction will be. He has his sons up on a pedestal and any mention of this will be seen as a personal attack. While we get in every day at 8am, they come in around noon, head to lunch, and then maybe get to work if they don't spend the day doing drugs in the back. He is aware of their behavior but still treats them like they can walk on water.
It doesn't help that the owner is an extremely misogynistic person, and the accountant, secretary, and myself are women (but that is a whole other hairy situation).
And so I turn to you, MetaFilter. What is the best way to handle this situation? Are there any laws that might be on our side? Should I just keep quiet, do my work (and theirs), and be thankful I have a job?