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I worked at HMI Industries as a contractor (less than an year)Pros
If you're great at sales and don't mind lying to customers and being a nuisance to client's that didn't know you were going to do a 3 hour presentation to, then this job is for you. You can potentially make big money in this job if you don't mind doing high-pressure sales and selling ridiculously over-priced vacuums to people. Who the hell pays 3000 for a vacuum and 1500 for an air filter?Cons
Very dishonest business tactics, this job is not for people with a conscience.
They mention that they'll give you 2-3 "qualified" appointments every day that you work. Well guess what. These "qualified" appointments are clients where they were told that they were going to receive a prize, all they have to do is see a "quick" demo. Well this "quick" demo actually takes 2-3 hours and the client's are not aware of this. Even when the client's ask how long the demo will take, all they say is "it'll be quick". All the client's that I met were expecting a quick demo that'll end within 30min or so and I forced them to sit through a 3 hour demo and be a public nuisance.
I had 6 office "leads" during my term of working for a week here and 3 of them didn't even qualify as appointments and I didn't receive credit for them because they had to leave after an hour or so within the presentation because they weren't told that the presentation takes 2-3 hours. 1 of the office leads was for an elderly citizen, 93 years of age who deffinitely doesn't need to spend 5 grand for an air filteration system. She couldn't even lift the damn machine. I left the premise understanding that she doesn't need to sit through a 3 hour presentation and listen to a sales pitch for a vacuum that she can't even lift. The poor lady could barely walk. When I told this to my manager, he told me that next time, he wants me to sit her down and have her listen for 3 hours and sell the thing to her. I hate selling things to people that don't need the product, especially to a 93 year old grandma. I quit the job right after that conversation.
Unpaid training. They'll have you attend three 8 hour training sessions and you won't get paid for it. They also have you book 7 appointments over the weekend with your friends and family to get "practice" to sell the product before seeing real client's. Well guess what, this isn't "pracitce". They expect you to sell these overpriced 3000 dollar vaccums to your friends and family that you can buy on ebay for 10% or less of that cost. Google filterqueen ebay and see for yourself.
Dishonesty. I was told that I'd get paid 150 dollar bonus for booking 7 training sessions over the weekend. I did that, and didn't get my 150. Thanks Healthtek.
They make you lie about the product. I was trained to tell the client's that it costs 140 dollars to replace the filter every year for a total of 12 dollars a month. I later found out from another manager that it actually costs 250 bucks a year to replace the charcoal filter, but since nobody wants to hear that they'll pay over 20 bucks a month AFTER they already spend 4000 dollars on a cleaning system, I was told by my manager to just avoid that topic and if they ever ask, just change the topic.
Very long hours. Don't expect to have much of a life if you take this job. Expect to work 50-60 hour weeks as a sales person. Oh, and you'll also spend lots of time going to appointments where you don't even get credit for.
You won't get paid for gas either. I think there's more that I want to mention but this review is getting really long so I'll stop. I'm sure you all get the idea. This job really sucks, I'd rather flip burgers than do this job.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Tell the damn client's that the presentation will be at least 90min long so the sales reps can have some actual qualified appointments. Pay for gas, have integrity, stop the high pressure sales.....too many to list.Doesn't RecommendNeutral Outlook
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Looking for a product that will really clear the air? HMI Industries is up to the job. Under the Filterqueen brand name, the company (aka Health-Mor) sells portable vacuum cleaners and air filtration systems. Using high-efficiency filters and cartridges, HMI's systems are designed to rid homes of surface and airborne particles and allergens (dust, smoke, pollen, mold spores, pet dander) better than standard vacuum cleaners. Its products are sold through distributors in more than 40 countries. Chairman Kirk Foley acquired HMI for about $3 million in 2006 through...