Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Although most of us in the hardware industry deal with a lot of marketing representatives, we are often too self-absorbed in getting a product on a certain schedule to realize that we are not the only people they deal with. Through several years in the industry, the marketing person has in my eyes gone from a position that I envied to a place that I can deduce to be a professional hell.
My first inclination was when I noticed that a lot of marketing representatives were never staying at the same company for more than a year or two. Sure for the hardware site owner this can be an advantage seeing you have a industry contact at Company A and when the representative moves over to Company B, you have a instant point of contact at a new brand while still retaining the latter. But why is the marketing department turnover so brutal? Am I missing something here?
At first I would wonder why in a lot of cases a certain corporation's representative would be curt and short, and why they couldn't be a little more personable and friendly. But what most people don't understand is that the person in question is almost always overworked, underpaid, disrespected professionally and overall treated like disposable meat. And no, this is not something I am pulling out of mid-air. This is coming from the marketing representatives themselves.
Imagine coming to a certain tech company, acquiring a salary position in marketing that pays around US$35000-$40000 a year. Sounds good right? That's some pretty good coin, but wait... Now imagine that said company working you for hours that are so ridiculous that in the end you are making less that US$15 per hour and in a lot of cases even lower. So you have a marketing degree that you are still paying off, you have to live some sort of life only to find out that in the end, you are still practically broke and exhausted with very little personal life outside of the office. But the financial slice is only once piece of the misery pie.
Imagine having your job dangled over your head every time you didn't work a 12-16 hour working day seeing in a lot of cases no one will report the company to the labor department just in case it blacklists them from the whole IT industry. Remember you still need a reference right?
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