Now imagine putting yourselves in the shoes of a new female marketing representative who is dominated by a hierarchy structure that is prominently male who on several occasions in several companies have perpetrated different levels of sexual harassment. Do you think this is made up or that I am sensationalizing this? Think again..
During a CES party being hosted by a prominent case manufacturer, I personally witnessed a product manager openly (and quite firmly) slap the rear end of a surprised veteran female marketing representative while she was walking around welcoming the visiting members of the media. I couldn't believe that someone would do something so unprofessional in open view of the media. Although this might be shocking to you, it is a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly problem for any women in the computer industry that holds a marketing position regardless of how long they have been there. To be honest, the level of male chauvinism and disrespect was embarrassing for the company and a sign of two sets of rules in the corporate structure. One set of rules for the men and one set of rules for the women.
On another occasion through an online conversation, I was informed that a certain female marketing representative had come from Europe to work for a company in the City of Industry only to have her salary reduced for no reason once she was established in the United States. This was no mistake. If she complained, they would not renew her work visa and she would be back to Europe in a week. Sounds pretty low right? Well it happened. If they can get away with it, they will do it regardless of how immoral it is.
In other cases there were reports of someone having accepted a placement as a marketing manager, having the sale manager quit, then having the sales position lumped on top of the already frantic marketing workload. To some people this might seem normal and a temporary inconvenience. Well what if that employee was then yelled at openly in the office for not doing an amazing job AT BOTH POSITIONS and essentially doing the work of two, then having their salary cut as discipline. That's right, not raised....it was CUT.
This is the silent struggle that is never discussed and is kept hush in order for the government not to clamp does on employment practices that can be summed up as borderline professional slavery. Everything is dangled above their heads and employee abuse is rampant. This in some cases is doubled when a marketing person comes from the companies head office in Asia and is treated according to local customs in their home country, but yet are seen as distasteful in North America.
Sure not every company is like this and I am not painting the WHOLE industry with the same paint brush, but in the hardware industry dominated by corporations founded off of North American soil, decent employee treatment while they are in the United States is often ignored.
Once you realize the problem, if your certain hardware sample is a little late for review testing, I am sure they will appreciate your patience. Just be sure to realize that the person you are dealing with probably has a workload in excess of three times what you are having to deal with while being seen as someone that can be replaced in a moments notice.
As a collegue stated while discussing this topic.... "...if the abuse continues, both public and especially private tech companies can expect negative publicity that all but guarantees failure in an already troubled economy.."
Food for thought.....
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