Friday, July 8, 2011

Give Me Those Leads!!!

I watched a movie last night called  "Glengarry Glen Ross" made in 1992 that I had ordered from Netflix.  It was packed with some big name movie stars like Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and Jonathan Pryce.  I wanted to watch it because I had a job a long time ago where I was the "Lead Person".  This movie brought back so many memories of that awful job.  I was actually hired to be the receptionist.  Answer the phone, greet people, run errands... like get the boss an ice cream down the road when he had a craving...go get lunch, bring in bagels and donuts for Monday morning sales meetings.  The longer I stayed at this company (which wasn't long) the more Mr. Sinclair  the boss... liked me and disliked his personal secretary.  He never did like her because no one could replace the first secretary he had....and he let everyone know it...especially her replacement, LuLu.  This tended to put Lulu in a very foul mood most of the time.  The office had 5 women working in the same room.  All of us had our specific jobs to do to help run the place.  Lulu was really upset when Mr. Sinclair  asked me to take over the "Leads".  I did a fairly decent job except for once....I sent an agent to a very bad neighborhood.  Part of my job was to go sit in a closet and listen to a recording that Mr. Sinclair had recorded that called out to people that were over 50 trying to convince them why they needed his life insurance.  He had a very convincing message (telling them that social security would not cover their expenses, and may not even be available when they retired) along with a strong and trusting voice to go with the message.  He would ask them to leave their name, address and telephone number and someone would come out to help them.  You would not believe how many people actually left their information!  I wrote it all down on 3 x 5 cards and filed them into territories to hand out to the agents.  There were also the Glengarry leads that Mr. Sinclair had to pay a lot of money for.  Where he got this information...I never found out.  But those leads were saved for the top agents...and they even had to pay for them.   This movie was so much like this job I had it was had to believe.  The big difference between my job and the movie was the language.  There was one woman that talked pretty much just like the men in the movie and almost everyone was scared of her.  The boss liked her because she had been there from the start of the company and because she never talked like that around him.  I finally had to leave that job when I realized I was never going to get along with 2 of the women in the office.  The foul mouthed one was a bully and I can't tolerate bullies.  And Lulu made a mistake on my paycheck and wouldn't fix it because she didn't want Mr. Sinclair to know she had messed up.  She said she would buy me something from Office Depot and Mr. Sinclair would never know.  I told her I didn't want anything from Office Depot.  She just kept ignoring me when I asked her if she corrected my check, and I told her I was going to have to tell Mr. Sinclair if she didn't fix it.  I did tell him and she got in trouble and almost fired.  From then on she was going to make all of my days there a living I quit.  I have had a few jobs like this one that were just miserable.  I am so proud of my daughter for getting a degree and working in a respectable field of work.  It must be extremely difficult to work and have young children and never have time for yourself...but she does it.  She is a great Mom and a hard worker.  I am so glad she didn't have to work for weirdo's like I have had to work with and for.  Well...maybe she does but she hasn't told me about any.  Lulu and Mr. Sinclair were not the real names of people I worked with by the way.  The story was all true (even if it was somewhat boring)  I could have spiced it up a bit, but some of it would have been R rated. 


RWV said...

People in sales are fond of the saying that "Nothing happens until the sale is made", showing obvious disdain for the entire creative process of product design and development, and the real human concerns of customer support. The characters in this film illustrate the negative extremes that this isolated attitude can lead to.

The Bug said...

You know what's funny? I got a degree in accounting, but most of the jobs I've had could be done with anyone with a high school diploma & half a brain (a whole one works better though). We didn't have computers in school so all that I've learned was on the job.

I've worked at a job where there were only women (a rape crisis call center/battered women's shelter) & I have to say that it was kind of tricky navigating all the emotional waters. Especially because all the case workers were such FEELING people - I was forever hurting someone's feelings. And I consider myself a feminist - but I have to admit that it was pretty hard!

Rudee said...

I loved that movie. Saw it when it first came out and always wished I could have seen it on the stage. It was a great script and was well played.

I've worked with a lot of doozies like Lulu. Even with my respectable degree, I've worked with some real sh*ts. And yes, lot's of it was R, and maybe even XXX rated!

Reader Wil said...

What a story! You must have been very brave to face these bullies. I have never seen this movie, but it must be impressive. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for your visit. Yes, do join one of the memes! It's fun to meet every week the same bloggers. Have a great week, Brenda.

Sandy said...

Very interesting to read
Brenda, about your job, and if I ever sit down and watch a movie i'll keep this in mind.

what does your daughter do?

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