Just a bit of background information....
For those that don't know, I sell cars for a living, have done so for 30 years so I consider myself to be very experienced.
I have worked for the same company for the past 11 years, and have a proven track record. We hold various franchises, Vauxhall/Nissan/Toyota, I work for the Nissan "arm". I have regularly been one of the groups top salesman, in fact this year I have sold more cars than anyone else within the group. Basically, I'm good at my job.
We have recently taken on a new Sales Manager, he started about 3 months ago.
He is very "process" led, much more so than my previous sales manager, who was a little more "laid back" although he achieved the results and we were selling a lot of cars.
This new guy is a totally different animal. I don't agree with a lot of his management skills, and this has led to friction from the very start, not just with me, but with the other guys on sales. In fact, shortly after this guy started one of our salesmen handed his notice in because he wasn't happy. This new guy is quite aggressive in his manner, and he will not listen to anything you try to tell him, despite the fact that you know "you are right".
To cut a long story short, at 1.30 on Monday of this week he emailed all of us saying that we had some leads to follow up that had been provided to us by our finance company. The email quite clearly states that we had been given a deadline of next Monday (16th Jan) to get this done.. There wasn't that many leads each, maybe 6 or so.
We were short staffed on Monday due to two guys being off for the day, and being a salesman short there were only two of us in the showroom. I had been busy over the week-end (sold 6 cars) and had been processing paperwork to get them ready for delivery etc. as well as talking to customers in the showroom.
At 3.30 (two hours after sending the email) the sales manager approached my desk to find out how I was getting on with the leads I had been sent. I replied that I hadn't even had a chance to look at them due to being very busy sorting other things out, to which he replied "Well, it looks like we're going to have to have a "lock in" then" (a lock in is when you are forced to stay late in the evening making follow up calls, usually until 8pm). I commented that according to his email we had until next Monday to get them done and again told him that I had been very busy. He then responded by saying that if that was the case, he might introduce something akin to a "time and motion" study to confirm what we were doing with our time! All this was going on in the showroom, in front of people, and made me feel not only very annoyed, but also quite intimidated.
I subsequently said "If you want to lose one of your best salesmen, I'd carry on the way you're going, because basically you are treating us like schoolkids and to be honest I've had enough".
He responded with a condescending smirk, which basically made me see red.
I've handed my notice in. I've had enough. My general manager called me into his office later in the day to discuss things, saying that whilst he had to accept my resignation, he wasn't happy about it and didn't want to lose me. He has asked me to have another meeting with him next Monday, but I have emailed him to say there is no point. I cannot work with this new guy.
I told my general manager that I felt we were being "bullied" and that I didn't agree with the new guys management techniques. Another salesman has already commented to him that he feels the new guy is aggressive and bullying, and the salesman who left stated that this was one of the reasons he had decided to leave.
Sorry for the rambling post, but I'm supposed to be having this meeting next Monday and I'm likely to say something I might regret if I go.
I have been offered another job (by my old sales manager) but I don't really want to leave this one as I have built up a good customer base, get on well with most of them, and get on well with the other staff members. It just seems a shame to throw 11 years away.
Edited by smufter, 11 January 2017 - 05:48 AM.