Any person in the working world knows that for any work you do for a company, there must be some compensation for the work performed. In the case of most individuals, its a regular paycheck. For some in retail and sales, this is either augmented or replaced with a commission check. Well, when I started working for Pacifica Wireless, Ltd., I was promised a regular paycheck AND a commission check. For a while when I first got hired, the hourly pay and the commission was very nice, and when I became a store manager, it was even better. But back in February, all this took a turn for the worse. Due to financial difficulties in the company, managers, like myself, made almost half as much as we did before, and in the last 3 or 4 months, lost our commissions without warning (we were never paid the commissions owed to us).
When things got bad, most employees left: my regional manager left, the general manager left, several stores closed (including the one I originally started as a manager for). But, looking for the brighter side of things, I took an offer to keep my job and stay employed as a store manager at another store where the manager there was fired. Hanging on to what pennies and nickels I could earn (heck, my pay was reduced to $8/hr + $100 differential for every 40 hours - equivalent to $10.50 per hour on a 40 hour work week), I found that as time went on, things went from bad to worse. They reopened the store I originally became a manager in (having it open only 3 days a week - Thursday, Friday, & Saturday), but had me manage both stores using the same staff I already had - no gains in employees. From that point on, the level of stress rose to new heights every day - and I was given no extra compensation for it!
Well, things turned bad for every employee of Pacifica, as our commission checks never came, and our payroll paychecks would come late. As a manager of 3 other employees, I found myself fielding a lot of heated questions about where their pay was, and all I could say was that I was in the same boat. What made things worse was that months went by and the problems continued - and we never did get our commissions. Except for once. Before long we all came to terms with the inevitable: we weren't going to get them. Pretty soon, we were not as motivated to sell as much product (heck, the company couldn't even pay for the product, so we had almost no product to sell at all!), and even when we did sell, we would do so halfheartedly.
Fortunately, Bobby Burns, the owner of Pacifica Wireless, finally woke up and cut his losses and sold the company to Prime Communications. Apparently, our stores here in California were the first Prime would ever have in the big C.A., so they would be stocking us with everything we wanted to sell but never could because we never had it in stock nor could ever get it in stock. Come October 1st, exactly 1 month shy of my anniversary of being a sales manager for Pacifica, Prime will officially own us. Sad thing is, though, is that I won't have the same position or pay structure I had before since I will be resigning my position to go back down to a part-time sales associate so I could focus on school and stress less overall. Will this be a good thing? I don't know, but we'll just have to see.