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What's the worst procurement experience you've ever had?

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DadFather
Politicker
+5
Enterprise Account Executive
All of them. But the worst has to be a company being acquired a month prior to a large expansion, new company haulted all purchases and vetted them. Added 3 months just for them to say they needed it 3 months agoΒ 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
Having flashbacks here πŸ‘€
IzzyWinning
Arsonist
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
Sounds about right. I feel for you.
LordBusiness
Politicker
+8
Chief Revenue Officer
The most frustrating ones are the ones where procurement always "has to" negotiate the price down, so you have to charge the client extra because of the procurement factor.Β 
IzzyWinning
Arsonist
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
Right? Wrong thing for everyone just so that specific department can have a win.Β 
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Exactly
salesninja
Opinionated
+3
VP
all of the ones that didn't buy...we have internal corporate language for those people
IzzyWinning
Arsonist
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
Closed Losers?Β 
Smithy
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
MasterCard.Β 

3 months to be on boarded as a supplier with all manner of forms and then 4 months to go through the legal process when the actual deal was agreed.Β 

pure madness.Β 

also, sold to a major football/soccer club and it had to be signed by the chairman, so took months as it was in seasonΒ 
IzzyWinning
Arsonist
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
Yeah, that's insanity. I've definitely been there when it comes to waiting on a really high level person signing and taking as long as they want.Β 

CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
I try to avoid procurement. They want to think they are the decision makers, and will act as if they are, while you know they take your proposal for approval higher up. Grrr...
IzzyWinning
Arsonist
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
Wouldn’t it be great if we could avoid procurement? Often there’s no choice, amigo!Β 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
I know, just wanted to vent πŸ˜†
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wHaTyAgOtCoOkInG
Catalyst
+4
Account Executive
iqvia, Pune. Won the deal, got a text to tell me I've only won it if i drop 30% off. Did that, got the official email. Completed all the documents everything, sent the contract.... it kept getting "lost" but they needed access now or they would pull the agreement
IzzyWinning
Arsonist
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
That’s wild. Sorry that happened to you. Β 
wHaTyAgOtCoOkInG
Catalyst
+4
Account Executive
telefonica- they have an online portal that is only in spanish and a third party company manages it
TheVeteran
Opinionated
+1
Enterprise Account Executive
I'm currently in procurement hell so I searched to find this post. It's insane to me companies still give procurement any power. They know nothing about value to the business and solely focus on shaving off another x% destroying real partnership in the process. I would walk away from this business in a heartbeat if management would let me. The whole buying model in companies needs to be dramatically changed
Feds_Watchin
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
LOL. Trying selling to any government entity.
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