I was working for a mid-size marketing company as their sole Graphic Designer and Developer, both for in-house and client work. As requested I built a quiz/survey product for them that we could quickly turn around and sell on to clients as a “bespoke” product, somehow managing to develop a v1 inside of 5 days whilst handling all my other usual tasks. It was a working product, including a whole library of custom CSS animations and a whole host of other features. I proudly presented this to the director.
Client: …Where’s the rest of it?
Me: The rest of it?
Client: I could have got some guy in India to build this for £5… It’s taken you 5 days, that’s cost me £3000!
Me: (ignoring the brazen insult) …Not really. It’s cost you a week of my wage, as this was built internally for our product line and not for a client in particular. That money can be made back in 1 order at your rates, by the way. And besides I could have turned it around quicker if I wasn’t covering other projects during that time.
Director: I don’t think you’re THAT busy.
Soon after this meeting, they decided to let me go (despite my manager and other managers contesting the decision as a bad idea). Then I saw 2 job openings for the company, 1 for a developer, and 1 for a graphic designer.
They needed two people to replace me, but I “wasn’t THAT busy”?