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I worked at The Local Pages full-time for less than a yearPros
(FOR THE LOCAL GROUP IN CLEVELAND)
Most of the other employees were nice enough that we probably could have been friends outside of work. Also, the company is so desperate for employees to grow and combat the high turnover rate that it's pretty much impossible to get fired no matter how badly you do. And they pay cash daily and hire on-the-spot at the second interview, so it's good if you need a small amount of cash quickly.Cons
(FOR THE LOCAL GROUP IN CLEVELAND)
Go into the office at 8:30am(earlier if you want to impress the boss), stand around and "practice pitch" and learn new sales tactics until about 11am. Then you and a partner drive to your location(anywhere from 10min to 2 hours away) and walk from business to business and across parking lots trying to sell makeup to every person you see. You come back to the office at 6ish, pay the big boss his money(cost of product+his cut), and then head home around 6:30pm.
There are so many cons, I don't even know where to start.
1. They have deceitful employment procedures, often outright lying. This is a SALES job, not "PR Assistant", "Marketing Intern", or any other title they choose to give it. They don't even reveal this until the very end of the second interview. Also, if you are promised a guaranteed wage upon hiring, they will not give it to you. It's commission only, and it's very possible that you'll make slave wages for the amount of work you do(equivalent to $2 to $4/hr, at 10hr/day)
2. The work is long and degrading. You walk from business to business and interrupt peoples' work to show them "Makeover Essentials" Makeup, and also run around parking lots harassing shoppers. Some people are happy to buy, but way more get mad at you, are condescending, call security, etc. You are working from at least 8:30am to 6:30pm(10 hours, and things usually run a bit late), and 6 days a week(Mon-Sat).
3. You also have to lie to customers, saying the products are as good as MAC and Sephora, it's endorsed by Cosmo magazine(they have their own printout, but I've yet to actually find the product in the magazine itself), etc. For example, you say that "this makeup usually sells for $200, but today I'll give it to you for just $22", but the high price you're comparing to is one they set on their -own- website!
4. It's bad for your health. Long hours walking with no break, and usually you're so tired by the the end that you go home, eat dinner, and crash right away. You're exposed to the elements, as there's no breaks for extra hot days or snow. Your bag of products is heavy, and mine actually caused me to injure my back/shoulder. Plus, it's frowned upon to take more than 15 minutes for lunch, and most of the team eats fast food every day because of that time constraint. There's no health benefits when all of this starts to catch up with you, either.
5. The management training program is a joke. Your time from 8:30am to about 11am is wasted standing in this big room "practice pitching" and having leaders tell you the same sales tactics over and over again because they get new people every day(high turnover rate). In reality, it's just so the company looks legitimate to all of the interviewees in the other room. If you sell enough, you get promoted to "leadership", which is actually worse, because now you're making the same money as before, and you're also responsible for your own sales and another person's, you have to plan territory, and you have to drive your own car, with no immediate reimbursement for gas or repairs(you can claim it on your taxes). Teams will often go 1-2 hours away from Cleveland. Finally, they claim there's no hierarchy for promotion to management("making six digits in less than a year"), but they already know who is opening the next offices and where they'll be. What? Plus, so far it's favoring men. If you make it there, congratulations, you now get to open an office and scam other people.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Stop lying! If your company was legitimate, you wouldn't need to have unethical business practices like using deceitful language in the hiring process, and would be more transparent about the long hours, commission structure, etc.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO