Marketing Consultants of Orlando – Orlando, FL
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I worked at Marketing Consultants of Orlando full-time (Less than a year)
Great fun atmosphere. Good group of ambitious energetic co-workers. Good sales training. Big promises for success. LOTS of door to door sales "opportunities." You get to work 60-70 hours a week for about $600 in commissions (before taxes)....(and expenses) which turns into less than $10/hour. You get to work for about 3 weeks before you get your first pay check!
The bullet points: 1.) You will work an average of 11 hour days for 6 days a week. 2.) You will be doing door to door sales selling TV/Internet/Phone services. 3.) Average sales commissions are $100 dollars a day. (Before taxes) 4.) You will drive your own vehicle from the office to sales territory (between 30 to 60 minutes one way) Company does NOT pay gas, tolls, or mileage fee. You will have to wait until you file your taxes next year to write it off (not a 100% reimbursement) so keep good records. LOOK AROUND! EVERYBODY IN THE OFFICE IS BROKE, DRIVES A OLD BROKEN CAR, AND HAS A FAILED PERSONAL LIFE. They are not bad people, but they are not successful either. I should have trusted my gut. It was too good to be true. It wreaked of a pyramid scheme, and while there is absolutely NOTHING illegal about what is going on in the office, they do prey on the hopes and dreams of people desperate for employment and advancement. NEVER forget you are being SOLD on a system. Take a look around and you will quickly see that this place is a revolving door of applicants. Kiss your friends and family good-bye because you won't see them at all, except on Sunday. (Working on Sunday to get your sales up is encouraged.) How it works: 1.) You start with an unpaid training day after being "selected" from a field of 24 candidates. 2.) You are not told what you will ACTUALLY be doing for work. 3.) On your training day, your "trainer" will take you out into the field and explain the opportunities for advancement and how you will be running your own office in 12-18 months and making a six-figure salary! Wow! 4.) You will be told about and will meet several people that are at various rungs along the ladder. 5.) They will show you a piece of paper with a bunch of circles on it that shows the progression from: TRAINEE all the way to MILLIONAIRE!!!! Again.....WOW! 6.) You are told that your work ethic and your attitude are the only things that you can control and that you are the key to your own success. 7.) To get "promoted" you have to average 6 sales a week. If you fail to get your minimum number of sales for the week you are demoted one level. It continues like this for over a year, all the way through the coveted Assistant Manager position where you are still expected to be selling door to door in the field (using your own car, gas, and expenses) while also taking on more and more "Management" work which includes baiting along the newest group of recruits to pad the income of the ONE person at the top of the pyramid. BUT your income is still ONLY BASED ON SELLING TV/Internet packages door to door. You are baited along with promises of being "Your own boss." Making huge amounts of consulting fees, sales bonuses, training trips to exotic places, and with excerpts from Tony Robinson books. You are made to feel that if you "just stick with it" you will be making tons of money in just 18 months. The truth is almost nobody (1 in 100) lasts through the year.
Advice to Management
I would say "Be up front with your employees" but without this constant supply of cheap labor the pyramid crumbles.