About bully companies

There will always somebody who will try to use economic crisis to get unfair advantages, people or companies that are absolutely indifferent to any good marketing practice or simply don’t care about their reputations. Like bullies in a school’s courtyard they use their sheer size or their economical weight to get what they want, no matter what will happen later.

I know this kind of situations firsthand, in the Italian job market, please let me know if in other countries you will find anything different from that. Let me put out an example, something happened to a close friend of mine. A publisher house, a good-sized one, contacted this friend for the translation from English to Italian of two books. My friend already knows this people and was more than happy to get the job.

No contract was signed, no money in advance given. Between gentlemen there is no need for that, isn’t it? Both translations were delivered in due time, the books were printed and now are on the market. But no money for my friend, no answer for his kind reminders about that. More than a year after it’s still the same, the publisher house simply didn’t pay at all. They keep selling that books, with the name of my friend printed inside (as the translator).

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It’s not about the money, no big deal anyway. It’s a matter of mutual respect. It’s about being a professional and get what you asked for your work. No more, no less. The company behaves that way for its economic weight, for the implicit menace of deny any further job offer, because they know that the Italian laws system is painfully slow and it will take years for my friend to get his money back. As said before, they act like bullies.

This is not uncommon when it comes to companies and freelance workers. They do the job, more than often in very harsh conditions, then they will not be payed at all or they will get their money far after the deadline. What if you spread the word of it, naming names and pointing your index finger at them? Usually they sue you, asking for huge compensations. In time the freelance will win but it will take years and he/she will have to spend a lot of money in advance.

Big companies do the same with medium or little ones, banks do the same to big companies, a never-ending spiral of bad behavior and unfulfilled hopes. The bottom line is that there is small trust everywhere, not quite a surprise. The only safe answer to that is to refuse to do any job without a formal contract and a good-sized advance to cover any expense you could face in order to do the job.

9 thoughts on “About bully companies

  1. That’s one of the reason of our very poor condition.
    It is very easy to criticize politics and politicians by saying that they are all thiefs and its all their fault (it’s really so easy, and they say that it can secure you a third of the parliament…).
    But the real problem lies on the citizens. No matter the social weight, everyone always try to act smart, being it a big publisher or simply a private citizen that with some excuse don’t pay the professionists that made the work.
    It’s a damn bad situation, it’s a careless disrespect of other’s work, and its one of the primary causes of the bad state of things in which we live.

    • What I can say about this matter it’s that our society has become barbaric in these last 25 years. Fiscal evasion or elusion, mobbing, bullism, corruption… are all faces of the same problem and the name of this problem is “italian people”.

  2. One of the “fun bits” of such a situation is being reminded, by other people in the same situation, that making a fuss might be bad.
    “You’ll get balcklisted as a troublemaker.”
    Because if company A won’t pay me and I protest, companies B, C, and D will avoid me.
    Which tells us a lot about the good faith of companied B, C and D, of course…

    • That’s the wicked part of it. You are being bossed around, and if you try to denounce it, the perversion of this situation puts YOU on an unfavorable light, instead of the wrongdoers.
      Where do we want to go?

      • The easy answer is: out of Italy. As many easy answers is wrong but I feel more and more like Don Quijote year after year. Too many monsters to fight and not enough help from the crowd.

      • I don’t know if the answer is right or wrong, and if it’s easy or hard either, only thing I know is that you only live once, and you can’t spend your whole life blindly thinking that a single drop in the sea can change a single thing if the other drops don’t care about trying to obtain a better place to live.
        They want it like that? Well, they can have it, but anyone is entitled to try to get something better.
        It’s just a lot bitter to think that if we would want it, we could easily have one of the finest places to live in the whole world. But we prefer to be wary, to think that we act in a bad way beacuse is the situation that force us to behave like that (noone is responsible of anything, never), that is always fault of someone else, and so on.
        Other countries certainly are not the Eden Garden, but if they offer a civilized enviroment and for what is possible, social justice, even with the same global problems that we have here, it means that our real issue is something born and grown here.

      • Ignavia, that’s the name of the game here. Since our beloved Dante’s masterworks we’re in the same old situation. Nowadays it’s becoming harder, the so-called smart people is getting more and more open in their abuses. You see, sometimes I really about to give up and to get my family out of here.

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