Kirby Company

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Kirby Company full-time (more than 3 years)


    I love sales and interacting with people. The product itself is awesome and I believe in it, amazing training and good compensation for MOTIVATED dealers, CL & DTs. Good Opportunity for your own office if you work hard.


    The owner sleeping with employees, Drama, you get lectured for not working 6+ days a week or 12-14 hour days. Not for someone with a family unless you find a distributor who is passionate about family.

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    You have a major infidelity problem with distributors having relations with employees, its ruining your companies and families within it. Not just one distributor but SEVERAL I have met.

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Kirby Company Interviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
Updated Jul 31, 2014

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    "Customer Service Representative" Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
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    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Kirby Company.

    Interview Details

    OMG!....I think I was almost scammed into hooking up with these people. After placing a phone call about an employment add in the local paper, I was immediately given an interview for same afternoon (they answered the phone "hello, may I help you" - lol) They wouldn't tell me what company they were. I arrived for the interview and 1st thing that I was told when we sat down was how the company gives 3 free vacations per year to their employees. 2nd thing that happened was the interviewer whipped out a blank piece of paper and began scribbling (literally scribbling) all kinds of confusing numbers down...which somehow suggested that I would be making 1,500 per pay week .....right away. I was then told that the position involved " set up and display" and that there would be a manager with me to finalize the presentations . All I had to do was present the product to the customers and let them test it out. When I inquired about the product, the interviewer referred to it as "Upholstery and Furniture Care " I was told that if I was Interested in making that much money and if I didn't mind working " Mall retail hours" (whatever that meant) - that I would be traveling in a van with my manager and presenting the product. Not once was I asked about my talents or abilities or any kind of typical interview questions. It was mostly some kind of sales pitch....Sorry! thanks. When I got home I started doing some homework on the company and that was when I found this site and a few others - very scary indeed. I am so grateful for forums like this so we can all be informed of theses types of practices. It seems they have also started operating as or become affiliated with different named franchise companies, so beware. Not once was the name of the product mentioned - very deceptive interview - in my opinion.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you like to earn 1500.00 per week working Mall Retail Hours?   View Answer
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Headquarters Bolingbrook, IL
Size 1 to 5 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue Less than $1 million (USD) per year

"At no cost to you, I'd like to vacuum and shampoo your carpet." Representatives of The Kirby Company have been sharing that sentiment since the first Kirby vacuum, the Model C, was manufactured in 1935. New Kirby machines have always been sold exclusively door-to-door; the upscale vacuums cost about $1,800 and come with a lifetime warranty. Kirby items are sold through independent dealers and distributors in the US and 70 other countries. The company, named for Jim Kirby, who designed his first vacuum cleaner in 1906, also sells a line of cleaning products. Kirby is part... More

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