I agreed on a software project to deliver a system. As part of our agreement, I'd be getting a developer of my choice. My pay is a certain monthly amount. On top of that, I'd be getting a portion of the product. "What portion" isn't pinned down yet, but my monthly pay is. There's no written agreement, all is verbal.
Also, I relocated for 3 months to the project site with expenses covered.
I'm there now - flew in 2.5 weeks ago. What I ended up with is:
a) I'm given, without options, a "backup developer", say Jeff, that one other senior member of the company, say Bob likes. A very strong clique here - "boys' club" (I'm female), and professional seniority has no place. Jeff has a definite attitude towards me, it's even scary.
b) I've been paid less than my month's pay this month. My travel expenses are yet to be reimbursed.
I did the following on these so far:
For (a), defined one part of the system as a somewhat independent component, and said something like "I'd need Bob's help managing Jack for now." Bob is OK with this, even liked it, went ahead of me at it and said "we'll finish in 3 weeks, you just do your part don't worry about this." That system doesn't finish in 3 weeks, and I can't even wrap my head around the rest of it. It's not a standard system, they gotta be hearing me on what, even how to do.
For (b), mentioned this to the director 5 days ago in a meeting. Was a pleasant/smooth talk and heard it'll be alright. Nothing happened since. Also from that day, I'd also be forwarded some resumes to sift through - nothing on that either.
I am now trying to figure what, how to handle it. I could use any input. Right now, I'm in the mood: "I'm being had, just can't see how" and this can't be good. I like the project, and want to handle it right.
This is an open-source project with more than half of the staff working remote, getting paid by Bitcoins. Apart from maybe 2-3 here (and that's about the office space and the like), noone has a written agreement. There are several projects under one big umbrella-project. Mine is one of those projects.