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Sales Pukes.

You want to know why developers resent salespeople?

Last week, forty salespeople descended upon us for two days. 

The big conference room only seats 25; there are classrooms and presentation areas one floor up that seat more, but they don't have the big table, so they took ours.  Since they booked a too-small room,  they stole chairs from every team room and cubicle nearby.  They commandeered the tables from the break room (hey, we eat lunch standing up ALL the time).

They took pens, post-its, and Cat5 cables from peoples' desks.

They had catered bakery lunches, a morning snack, and an afternoon pick-me-up from Specialties Bakery.

They wandered all over during their breaks, taking over cubicles and having loud cellphone conversations

It seems salespeople are not trained in the use of the little handle on the urinal that invokes flushing.

And then they left.  With our pens, post-its, and drop cables, and leaving our chairs and tables right where they left them.

I don't give a ruby-red f*ck if they spent two days being told that their children and dogs were going to be tortured to death if they didn't meet their sales goals.  Sales people as a class are  rude, spoiled, privileged, and have the entitlement sense of a fourteen-year-old Pekinese bitch.


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Jan. 27th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Jan. 27th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Is there anyone you can complain to about this or are they really being pampered that badly that they'll be coddled on this?
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
It's like complaining to tourists about leaving trash on the sidewalk. They don't live here, they aren't coming back anytime soon, no one cares to make them act like adults, so they're free to make a mess whenever they feel the urge.
Jan. 28th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Wow. I'd be peed off too. Sure hope someoone spoke to the one's who gave the meetings, or tried.
Jan. 28th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Nice real-life correlation of what takes place in the Dilbert universe on a regular basis. And then, on top of that, these are the people who go out and interface with the public. And we wonder why so many companies have a bad reputation?

Q: How do you know when a salesman is lying?
A: His lips are moving.

Sales is a difficult job. I know, I do it. It's even more difficult when you focus on

1) Finding people who actually want or need your product, and selling to them, rather than convincing every bastard goose in Ireland that they can't live without your miracle;

2) Telling people exactly what your product will and won't do, rather than functioning as a walking infomercial, and

3) Providing honest value and intelligent, ethical customer service.

Given that, it's not hard to understand why the people most likely to be hired by sales managers are those who radiate a powerful aura of horsehockey.


Edited at 2009-01-28 06:00 am (UTC)
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
"Later, a doctor with a flashlight will show us where sales projections come from." - Dogbert.
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
B. Kliban penned a famous cartoon which depicted a horse crapping out suited executives, entitled "The Birth of Advertising". As popular as Kliban is, I'm surprised I couldn't locate this one on the net, but it doesn't seem to be there.

I could certainly never work in sales for an organization! Quotas indeed...
Jan. 31st, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
Tell us how you REALLY feel...
Without the Sales People selling your products, you wouldn't have a job!

Of course, you're an equal requirement for their job to exist, but they don't see that part of it. It's not convenient.
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