1919, Inc. Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Loved the people, but didn't make enough money for the expenses (gas, etc) the job included

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    Current Employee - Leader in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Leader in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at 1919, Inc. full-time (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people that work there are great. That said, the people that I worked with may be a different group that will work there in a few months time. There is a high turnover rate due to the inconstant commission pay. You can opt for the base pay of $450/week. But you have to be on bell 4 out of 5 days (in which case, you would make more just earning commissions). They do not have a cap though so I know some people that were more experienced earned up to $1000 in a week.
    Gene, 1919 Inc.'s owner, keeps the office atmosphere fun while keeping it professional. In the short time that I worked there I felt like I learned a lot.

    Cons

    Commission base pay. So you could work 10-11 hours a day and still not make any money if you don't sell. Although there are phases of promotions, D2d sales is essentially what you will be doing. Fairly long hours. Usually people are promoted to leadership when they meet the standards within the first month of working there. Leaders have to arrive at 7:45am and rarely left before 6:30pm.
    Does not pay for food or gas while traveling for work.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. Low pay. A scam. Will hire almost anyone.

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    Former Employee - Sales Person in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Person in Rockville, MD

    I worked at 1919, Inc. full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Doesn't Recommend
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    Pros

    Manage your own workday once you are released from their 'morning pump up sessions'. Motivating managers.

    Quick training - was 1 week, but good training. Door to door sales is simple to understand.

    Cons

    You will be a door to door salesman. You're interrupting other people while they are at work. Must be extremely resilient and not care if you hear no 100 times a day (this resiliency trait is required for almost all sales jobs).

    VERY LOW PAY and long hours. Commission structure is not transparent. Was expected to arrive at 8am and go home around 6pm for what j quickly realized was less than $40k/year.

    Is a pyramid scheme- upper management makes a cut of your sales, and they want you to build your "team" so you can make a cut of their sales, and on and on.

    Will hire almost anyone - they make themselves seem selective and soon they are asking if you have any friends who would want to work here too...

    Make you spend hours a day in situations where you are not making commissions (your only form of pay).

    Extremely high turnover because they over promise during the hiring process.

    I was hired at their Rockville location and found out a week later they expected me to commute to falls church daily after showing up at the Rockville office (almost a 2hr commute). Then back to Rockville... RIDICULOUS.

    Advice to Management

    Have a better commission structure if you expect employees to want to stay at this company. Do not force employees to take part in coming to the office before and after every workday as it is time consuming and does not provide any income.


  3. Helpful (2)

    promising sounding, but not in actuality...

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative, Entry Level in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Representative, Entry Level in Rockville, MD

    I worked at 1919, Inc.

    Pros

    very positive work environment, upbeat and young staff, organized in daily activities, very quick opportunity for advancement in learning to interview and train others, great place to begin sales either d2d or b2b

    Cons

    pyramid company, bonuses are only given when entire office gets bonus, eligibility for bonuses begins 6 weeks after hire, solely commission based, expected to pay expenses during business trip and told to write it off on taxes, due to these things - high turnover

    Advice to Management

    management does not seem to value employees' time enough. there should be individual bonuses instead of those that rely on the entire office meeting their goals.



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