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From:
Terrence Brannon
Date:
May 9, 2007 06:03
Subject:
Agony of the 3-week guarantee
Message ID:
a8e52b650705090603p7d994965if8ce8bd3a4ea46f8@mail.gmail.com
I have just been introduced to the darkside of something I never ever
encountered before. It's called a 3-week guarantee. Under this
program, you are an hourly contractor, but for 3 weeks the company has
no obligation to pay the agent anything.

On reflection, I never should've gotten involved in this. Contract
work is already cutthroat - you can be eliminated at any moment for
any reason. So, it really is just icing on the cake when they can cut
you at any time _and_ not pay for any of the work you did while you
were there.

However, I liked the people I interviewed with and had a strong sense
of faith that I would overcome the companies bureaucratic defense
mechanisms and enjoy myself with the group of people I would be
working with. I agreed to be paid 20/hr for the first 3 weeks of the
trial.

Well, here it is 3 weeks later, and I am terminated and no one was
given any reasons why. And they got a ton of work out of me. Both the
consulting agency and I got ripped off in this from my standpoint. I
think I should have demanded professional pay per hour since they had
the option to pull the plug on me at any moment.

The company that did this to me was http://www.GSICommerce.com - they
are a major ecommerce outsourcer with a java front-end and perl
back-end.

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