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A manipulate company who takes advantage of actors looking for work.

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Former Employee - Sales Agent  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Sales Agent in Seattle, WA

I worked at US Jesco part-time for less than a year

Pros

Paid training and room to move up in the company if you are willing to up up with the slimeball, ridiculous business motives and schemes.

Cons

I basically got hired for what I thought was going to be a really great paid acting job, but I was tricked and taken advantage of and they got 2 weeks of free labor out of me. It’s a little tricky to explain over the internet, but I’ll try.

US JESCO international sells products by having people do live in-store infomercials. They posted an audition notice on a Seattle theatre website where I get all my auditions and local theatre information. They said they were looking for actors in the area to train and sell products. They said the starting rate would be 350 dollars and you could go up to making about 650 bucks a week. So this all sounded pretty amazing to me! I went in and auditioned and got a callback for the next day where they talked about the job more and interviewed me. Everything sounded really great. They told me a number of things I would get—flexible schedule and that I could basically design my own schedule, travel, a bad day with them would be 100 bucks a day, short shifts. It all seemed pretty perfect. I would get to act, be a sales person and make money all at the same time!

I started training and they gave me a script to memorize (a long one, but no problem after doing NTI!). I was training to demonstrate a mandolin for vegetables and fruits, which they called the “Kitchen Envy”. My trainer was really nice, but she started having me do things that I wasn’t told I was going to have to do in my interview and when they were telling me about the job. For example, I was working more hours than they said I would be. They also said that I was just the “talent” and wouldn’t have to set up before my shows. They lied, I was having to come in, prepare all of the food (that would be sitting out, stinky, basically on the verge of rotting), buy some of my own produce (that they would later reimburse me for and never did), and I was getting no breaks. Also my trainer started telling me to lie to people about the product I was selling. She would admit to me that the stuff I was selling was cheap, but I had to make it look like it was gold. It was annoying and weird, but I brushed it off telling myself I should push through.

Right when my training was ending, my boss called me and asked me to travel about 5 hours away from where I live to a military base to do a pitch for 5 days. However, I would have to pay for my own gas and they would book a hotel for me and take it out of my paycheck. I thought it was bizarre, but I said I’d think about it. Immediately, he just assumed that I would do it, and basically scheduled me to go out to this military base by myself and do pitches from 7 in the morning to 10 at night. I tried to talk to him about it and told him I wasn’t ready to go out and do such a big pitch after my first two weeks, but he was so mean to me about it. He kept trying to convince me that I would make more money out there. He danced around all of my questions with sneers, intimidating “answers”, trying to manipulate me to do it. He was basically trying to bully me into traveling to this weird place to sell stuff after my first two weeks of working. After a few days of this, I had enough and I quit. I wasn’t being treated well and I told them to never contact me again.

They also had me sign a contract at the beginning, which I should have never done without having someone else look at it. It was later explained to me that I was basically signing something that said that I was an independent contractor, not an employee and that they had the right to work me as hard as they wanted to, and pay me when they wanted to, and that they also had the right to fire me with no notice. However I signed something that said I would have to give 2 weeks notice before quitting, and if I didn’t I would have to pay a 500 dollar fee if I didn’t show up to work. A lawyer friend of mine said it was barely enforceable. So when I quit, I never paid a fee because they lied about it just to scare employees. But they basically tried to play me with a silly contract and verbal intimidation.

They say it is not a pyramid scheme, but it is. I did some research after I quit, and this company preys on hungry actors that want to work and get paid and they work them for all their worth. They trick actors by calling the interviews auditions and callbacks. The management is horrible and uses intimidation and bullying to get actors who are selling products in the stores to work and do what they say. People do eventually get paid, but it’s barely minimum wage on a good day and they get sucked into this weird system. There is a big slimeball factor.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    US Jesco is family owned, and feels like a family.

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    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at US Jesco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A base pay plus commission gives me a stable income, but lets me control my paycheck. Flexible Scheduling, advancement opportunities and the ability to travel has made the last two years incredibly interesting. I've met amazing people and overcome my fear of public speaking.

    Cons

    Commute times can be rough, but then again, it's Chicago. It's a sales job, so it can occasionally be frustrating.

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  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    You will regret it

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    Current Employee - Production Driver  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Production Driver in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at US Jesco part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I was able to earn a small income while I was also working on my career doing voice overs.
    I got along with a lot of the people that also worked the job
    Did some traveling that got me to places I heard about but had never been to
    Got a chance to do extra work for a couple extra dollars

    Cons

    The job is not as easy as they tell you it is
    The managers can't even do the job
    I couldn't sell so they made me a production driver until they fired me for no reason at all
    I saw a lot of dirty moves by management

    They do treat their people like dirt when the job can't be done. They expect you to make their money for them so if you don't you are pretty much done for.

    The management gets a base pay plus commission from what you sell problem is you do all of the travel in your own car, you spend all of the time in the stores while they sit in the company condo all day and when they need to go somewhere they use the company vehicle so if they spend any money on gas they are reimbursed so there is no risk on their end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure something out

    Doesn't Recommend
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