ProblemGetting exploited by an abusive consulting firm
      – BorgClown, 2009-05-16 at 03:08:08   (14 comments)

On 2009-05-16 at 03:18:31, BorgClown wrote...
Remember that I got a consulting job on a Bank last January 2009? Things went well, and the client offered me a permanent job. I have a stable and interesting job since may, and my ex-consulting firm is not pleased. Being without a steady income since march 2008 made me live on savings and credit, but things are slowly getting better. That is, until my ex-consulting firm decided not to pay me the last month I worked for them (I was being paid once each month). To make it short, the consulting firm was very abusive from the beginning, but the need for a job left me with no choice but to play along. It has covered its back well enough to scam me of a whole month's pay, since legal action would be time and money consuming. The bastards are trusting that I will let them have it their when I get tired of getting nothing but delays and false promises of payment. This is the shit that has me very irritable these days.
On 2009-05-16 at 03:22:12, BorgClown wrote...
Forgive me if I'm a little bit incoherent, I'm mad. My wife always says "whoever gets mad loses", but it's hard not to get mad when one's at the lesser end of an injustice. We already worked so hard to cover and control our monthly payments, and that stupid shit has set us back a couple of months. It sucks being overdue with things you already were doing well. It very much sucks.
On 2009-05-16 at 03:25:31, BorgClown wrote...
At least I', being paid each two weeks, just received my first pay after a month and a half since the last one. Even If I can't recover the loss, we'll be fine after a couple of months. *Sigh* I wish beating assholes to pulp was legal.
On 2009-05-16 at 10:12:02, Thelevellers wrote...
Damn. That's pretty nasty... I hate it when things out of your control conspire to screw up what was very well planned on your part, and you had under control... Good luck with sorting that, I have no experience there, so can't offer anything other than sympathy/outrage at them being twats!
On 2009-05-16 at 16:28:10, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I guess the best you can do is to never stop pestering them, until they eventually relent. The owe you the money, and they know they do, so perhaps they just want to collect interest on it for as long as possible. On the bright side, if you do eventually get the money you will appreciate it more.
On 2009-05-17 at 01:32:07, BorgClown wrote...
Thanks for the advise and support. I we'll keep pestering them, although there's no way to force them to pay up besides hiring a couple of knee breakers =). There's two of us in the same situation, and a third one worse, since he doesn't have another source of income. It just saddens me that there's people so nasty in positions of power, whatever interests they make out of our money is much less than the overdue charges we'll be forced to pay. But they don't fucking care making a little profit at the expense of three families losing several times that amount. Thanks again, and before I start cursing, let's better laugh at Neo Cat: http://tu.tv/videos/gato-neo-matrix-
On 2009-05-17 at 01:37:33, BorgClown wrote...
I think the best course of action is collecting the email addresses of higher ups in that company and start spamming them (along with the people we have contact with currently) with our request for payment. Maybe it will arise that it's a secluded practice from a stupid manager, and maybe it won't accomplish anything, but the effort ratio will be low enough for us to keep at it for months. I'll tell you later what happens.
On 2009-05-17 at 17:07:30, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Just writing a letter to the head office, or whomever, is probably the best thing to do. Simply state what the problem is, without appearing overly disgruntled for now.
On 2009-05-18 at 05:15:51, BorgClown wrote...
It's a small consulting firm (despite its self-aggrandizing name). A letter to the head office won't accomplish much, as the company-wide attitude towards employees is disdainful, but I'll try it anyway.
On 2009-05-20 at 08:18:03, BorgClown wrote...
I forgot to share this: Today I and a coworker managed to get our money paid. We found out that our current employer has dealings with the same consulting firm on another division, so we convinced our boss to talk in behalf of us to the bastard-executive officer of the nasty consulting firm and ask them politely to speed up that process. It was implied that we could collect out money directly from our current employer, so they gave in. Well, partially. A third coworker and friend, not related to our current boss, is in the same situation as us. Although we worked together on the same project, his payment is still being retained. I suppose the consulting firm thought he didn't pose a threat, so they still are screwing him. And worse yet, he's the only one who is currently unemployed after our last project. I really feel sorry for my friend, almost seven weeks without income. Those bastards, it looks like they enjoy screwing people in lesser positions. That kind of trash shouldn't be able to have their way...
On 2009-05-20 at 08:20:09, BorgClown wrote...
Worst place to work. Ever. At least I got a nice permanent job out of that experience.
On 2009-05-20 at 13:23:17, Thelevellers wrote...
Damn, that does suck for the last guy... Congratulations for you for getting your pay at least though! :)
On 2009-05-21 at 04:36:04, BorgClown wrote...
It gets even better. Today came an executive of the firm armed with a printed list of emails I've sent them, saying that they were "rude and menacing", and that I was a conflictive person who should be done with. Boy, it's ridiculous that such a conflictive company wants to label me as such. Cheaters are the first ones to cry foul play. I suppose it's part of being the most notorious of the three, I organized us and shared info about our status, so a few lies told to each of us were uncovered when we shared information. Fortunately it didn't work, and I'm very pleased to have the support of my new bosses. That could have been very nasty.
On 2009-05-21 at 04:41:17, BorgClown wrote...
I've chatted with my wife, and we agreed that I can't do much more for my friend, as our ex-employer plainly refused to pay him, no matter what. The best thing I can do for now is take it easy and let this cool down. Getting angry or resented would indeed make look like a conflictive person, and my permanent contract is two just months away. Now my friend will have to resort to legal counseling.