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Vector Marketing Overview

Olean, NY
201 to 500 employees
1981
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Advertising & Marketing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Vector Marketing manages the marketing and direct sales functions of Cutco Cutlery, which is the largest kitchen cutlery manufacturer in North America. The firm and its Canadian counterpart, Vector Marketing Canada, enlist a legion of some 40,000 college students as ... Read more

Mission: To help our people become the best version of themselves by teaching them the challenging and rewarding world of sales. To learn. To earn. And to have fun, always!

Vector Marketing – Why Work For Us?


What We Do

We sell CUTCO®, The World’s Finest Cutlery™CUTCO® has been made in America since 1949 and is guaranteed FOREVER.


How We Work

Our sales representatives meet one-on-one with potential customers either in-person or virtually. The sales reps’ job is to show CUTCO® and help those customers find the perfect set that fits their needs.

Most people buy, but some don’t. And, that’s okay.

We give our sales reps a guaranteed commission each time they show CUTCO® to a qualified potential customer whether the customer buys or not.

There’s a reason why we pay our reps regardless of sales results. We don’t want a sales rep to ever feel pressure to make a sale in any way that’s pushy with a customer. We think CUTCO® is pretty awesome and want customers to buy it because they love it.

How can we pay people even if they don’t make a sale? Frankly, most people who see CUTCO® buy something, so we can afford to create this safety net for our reps.

Because our reps are independent contractors, they enjoy real flexibility and control over their own schedules. They set their own appointments based on their availability day-by-day.

Our sales reps pride themselves in providing ridiculously awesome customer service and enjoy representing a truly incredible (and useful) product.

And, it works. Over 15 million homes in North America alone have CUTCO® in their kitchen.


What’s It Like?

So, what’s it like to actually be a CUTCO representative?

While each day is different, daily activities might include:

  • Scheduling appointments with potential customers
  • Presenting CUTCO® products in a customer’s home or online with a customer
  • Filling out and submitting order forms to the local office
  • Reviewing sales performance with a local office manager
  • Attending an optional weekly team meeting

Who Are We?

We’re the company that sells CUTCO® Cutlery. Our people are diverse and fun (85% of our sales force is college-aged) and they love representing our world-class kitchen cutlery.

True, many of the people we work with never once thought about kitchen knives before they met us. But, they catch on quickly.


What’s Vector?

Vector Marketing is a single-level direct sales company that sells CUTCO®.

Early in CUTCO Corporation’s history, there were hundreds of small independent sellers of CUTCO®. In 1981, Vector Marketing was founded to be one of those independent sellers. From 1981 to 1984 Vector sold way more than all the other independent sellers.

In 1985, CUTCO Corporation (back then it was called Alcas Corporation) bought the company from its owners to replicate Vector’s success across the nation.

Now, Vector Marketing is the exclusive seller of CUTCO® Cutlery.

Our home office is in Olean, New York, and we have over 250 year-round, independently runlocations throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Plus, we have over 300 more temporary locations that open each year for our peak summer season.


What’s CUTCO?

We’re glad you asked!

CUTCO® Cutlery is a high-quality line of kitchen cutlery, kitchen accessories, and sporting knives. CUTCO® has been manufactured in Olean, New York since 1949.

(That’s right: we are proud to be the only high-quality cutlery line still made right here in the USA.)

Over 15 million homes in North America have CUTCO® in their kitchen. Why? Because the knives are awesome… and guaranteed FOREVER. Our customers absolutely love them.

We sell over $200 million dollars of CUTCO® every single year.


What We Believe

We believe that in order to succeed as a company, we first have to help individual people succeed.

We believe that treating someone on our team as an individual is better than applying a cookie cutter management style to someone’s personality.

Our goal is to provide an exceptional work environment so our people can give our customers great customer service.

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Movin’ On Up

Everyone starts out as a sales representative. Being a rep is a great opportunity to build your resume and learn sales skills you can take with you anywhere.

But, there can be more to it than that: we also provide opportunities for our sales reps to advance into management roles because we believe in promoting from within.

The best part?

These positions can be held around school and other responsibilities. In fact, many of our managers started out as a sales rep in college, continued their education and decided to turn Vector into their full-time career after graduation.

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