PurplePeopleEater wrote:That's a story that every DIY pedal and amp builder should read. Awesome. Horrible. Entertaining. Frustrating. Eye opening.
Although I do not think it is the typical experience for builders, I think no matter what you do you can learn from it.
In my old career I worked at a company that sold electrical equipement. Most people in that industry are very isolated from the other parts of the market place... I ran in to many situations where I was basically asked, or sometimes told to compromise principles. Often the pressure would come from the owner of the place I worked for.
The one time I gave in to all this we had a large sale hinging upon it. The junior salesman at the company (working below me at the time) had quoted some stuff that was really far out of his range of expertise.
The owner wanted me to talk to the customer (wholesale) and thier customer (contractor) and assure them that our bill of goods was going to work for them.
A few days later I end up out at the job site, standing there with the owner of the building, the contractor foreman, the engineer who was in charge of the electrical for the job, and a number of other people.
I assured them that the bill of goods we were supplying would work, and that there would be minimal down time...
Anways, the switchgear they were working on was obsolete, and I knew that the supplyer the Jr. salesman was using for this stuff often took short cuts. Electrically the stuff usually worked, but often it was rebuilt in ways it really wasnt every meant to be.
We had the stuff ship directly to the job site in a rush. It all gets there, and they shut the place down on the weekend to work on the electrical. They have an inspection scheduled for monday so they can turn everything back on and resume work.
The inspector comes in, and starts looking at the switchgear, and notices some things that don't meet code, and they are ordered to shut down all the electrical for that piece of switchgear (which essentially powered their whole building)
What happened after this was crazy... Somehow I ended up with all the blame, because I was the one who's opinion was respected, and my whole perspective on the industry really went down hill from there.
I kept telling my self that it wasn't my fault, but in reality, I could have just said what I really thought in the beginning. Instead my reputation was dammaged, and the Jr. Salesman (the one who was to ambitious to realize he had no business ever quoting that job) suddenly started to rise in stature in the company, and eventually look over my job.
That was a very very hard lesson learned for me. I still feel it was a situation i should not have been put in, but the truth was I was put in it over and over, and only gave in once, and that one time it blew up in my face.
Sometimes, in any career/job you will get pressure to do things you know just don't feel right. You have to make a choice. I suppose if it's a choice between feeding your family at getting fired it's even harder to make.