My Corporate America Story
Last Update: Dec 5, 2022
I had something similar, to what Edwin described in his post, happen to me.
I was at one time a program analyst and was hired by a start up company to develop a piece of software that would revolutionize the healthcare industry. The agreement was that I would be paid on a salary basis while in development, then once it went live, I would receive 5% of sales.
Well, I developed the software, and I developed the demo software for doctor's offices to try out. I even went and installed the terminal in the initial doctor's office.
Do you know what I got? You can probably guess. I got "laid off" as soon as development was complete. I never got my last paycheck, and I never received any royalties. And that tech is used in every doctor's office and hospital in the US.
I know it is partly my fault for being too naive and trusting. I didn't know enough about how corporate America worked or how to protect myself when dealing with an attorney (one of the partners in the start-up).
To be honest, I still do not know enough about Corporate America because I chose not to ever get back into it. I never worked in development again. Which is unfortunate because I was good! But that is the choice I made at twenty-eight.
On that note, I was able to work from home throughout my children's academic years. Which was a blessing, especially since Miranda had health issues. It is now many, many years later, and now I am here!
Could I have used the money that I was promised? Who couldn’t. It would have been massive at least in my eyes.
We may not know the whys, the how’s, or for what’s at the time that we make the choices.
Things do happen for a reason. We make the choices that we make for a reason. We just have to pick ourselves up and move on. Deep down on a subconscious level, we know that the answers to all of those questions will be revealed to us in good time.
At least that is they way I choose to look at it.
I am curious if this type of thing happened to a lot of people? Or are Edwin and I the exceptions?
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