FilterEntry Level Marketing
I have been working at Power Position Group full-time (Less than a year)
If you try REALLY REALLY hard, you MIGHT make it.
I applied for one of their marketing coordinator job listings only to find out that it is door to door sales. They even list on their job listing "If you are looking for door to door or telemarketing, this job is not for you!". I decided to go for it anyways. I worked for one of their "independently owned offices" for about a month before I was "promoted to full-time." Once inside the company, you're brought into a weird world that operates very similar to a cult. Every morning you have "impact meeting" where everyone stands (because chairs encourage laziness there aren't any in the office, excluding those in the lobby, the receptionist's, and the manager's) and claps and yells and carries on. All of this is called "juice," because that somehow equates success.
The very idea of "juice" is indicative of the specialized lingo they use. Nothing is normal in terms of language. You spend the morning being drilled on "the 5 and the 8" and other such specialized rituals and language. You're told to avoid "negs," which equate to saying anything negative about any aspect of the job in any way, and gently reminded to stay away from "posi-negs" which are something positive which contain a negative element. Company mandated social time before going door-to-door all day, in the car ride, at lunch, and back at the office, is called "atmosphere" which is basically a time for the team leaders to police the new recruits and make sure the subject of conversation is only about how awesome the job is, and how ridiculously wealthy you'll be in two or three years.
And that's how they get you. The whole thing is underpinned by this "stick with us and you'll be rich, a multi-billionaire who's retired at 35" message. But you have to work for it, and work hard. You have to dedicate your life to it, and surround yourself with like-minded, success oriented people. Who are these people? Your friends at the office. You get coffee with them every morning. You eat lunch with them every day. You hang out with them on the weekends. You spend nearly ever waking moment with them.
"What about time off?" you ask. There really isn't any. You show up at the office at about 9:00-7:00 AM M-F. Work doesn't start until 11, really, but that's "going the extra mile." That's you succeed. From then, you're on your feet for the next 8 hours, with maybe a total of 1 hour sitting in the car and at lunch. Atmosphere and Impact (mandated social time and the morning meeting) are there to reinforce how awesome you are, and to saturate you with messages of how awesome and rich you're going to be before it's off to the field, were you go door-to-door peddling horrible products, working "the law of averages." This means you're knocking on doors hoping to find people stupid enough to fork over money for the stuff you're selling. Alone. All day. Lunch lasts maybe 20-30 minutes. The faster your lunch break, the better you are. Maybe by about 8 PM, you get picked up, after having doors slammed in your face, guns pulled on you, crazies telling you the Pope is really Satan, and owners unleashing their abused attack dogs on you (all of these things happened to me at one time or another), and you're expected to act like your day was the best day on Earth. Then you get back to the office for at least another hour of impact, where people who made enough money get to ring a bell, and everyone cheers for them, and the people who didn't are implicitly shamed, and told that tomorrow is their chance, and that "you have two pockets, one for money, one for learning; only one can be filled up each day." Maybe you get to leave by 7 PM if you're lucky. When you get home, you're exhausted. No time for family, or friends. You just need to sleep, because it starts again tomorrow. Monday through Friday. 8-11 hours, each day. Plus a 5 - 7 hour "half day" on Saturdays to go the extra mile. You get Sundays off.
Advice to Management
Don't lie in your online job ads.
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