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US Jesco Reviews

Updated March 8, 2017
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Jay Spalding
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Pros
  • Potentially great money, interesting markets, opportunity to travel (in 8 reviews)

  • During the holiday season, you can really make a lot of money (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Have to stand for long hours, drive time can be long, have to work weekends but that's where the money is (in 4 reviews)

  • I would get to act, be a sales person and make money all at the same time (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great if you like driving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Salesman in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Salesman in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at US Jesco part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    *Paid commission on everything you sell
    *Great job for performers/people persons with personalities of steel who won't get depressed while doing 30 minute presentations selling a product called Mr. Sticky at a store called B.J.'s.
    *Great during the holidays when people are looking to buy gifts.

    Cons

    *No reimbursement for gas
    *Traveled all over Florida, sometimes hours away from my house.
    *The feeling of being skeezy when you announce over the store's intercom to "Come to aisle XYZ for a free prize!" and you hand them a 3 X 3 inch microfiber lens cloth.


  2. "NOT GOOD!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to travel and work.

    Cons

    Management was awful and treated us unfairly.


  3. "Continue looking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Agent
    Current Employee - Sales Agent
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Jesco full-time

    Pros

    You are your own boss so you can tell them when or when not you can work. You do have to give two weeks notice if you need specific days off, but that's like any job. Your permitted to take 3-4 months off if you need to, your an independent contractor. I took the whole summer off.

    Cons

    They will constantly tell you how much money you can make, like 1000 in one day!!! Or 500 in one day! Make sure to ask when that was. Most of the time these are facts from pre ressesion. Anything after has been a struggle and there is only a small window as to when you can make good money. Time of year, store, location, product. I would not listen to them when they say this store sda is 2000 a day because those numbers are from most likely one of the top agents, who left anyways from poor management, and many, many late pays. They like to tell you what the store used to do in sales, but to be very honest it's not accurate for current capabilities. Jesco lost all their best and most valuable agents for a reason. Sorry to say it's not how hard you work, but how good the stores used to be before jesco sabotaged most of the stores relationships. The market has changed, the pitch is over done. They lost all the good solid chains, such as sears( the big ones) superstores, zellers, and ct is hit and miss. They will try and sell you on doing ancre outs, just realize they too have been overdone and not to mention you have to pay for gas to get there, each night at hotel, food before even making a profit. Most otls cost me 1000 before I even started the run.

    Advice to Management

    Be up to date with the sda at a store. Give agents 2015 stats not 2010-2015 as there is a key reason those numbers where high! Then ask yourself what could have you done better to have all those top agents still with you.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Giving the Titanic some competition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Jesco (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Potential to make a lot of money, depending on your ability, location, time of year, etc ($25/hr plus)
    -Good perks to high-earning employees

    Cons

    -High possibility of low pay (commission with sub-minimum hour wage base, a 10 hr day with no sales will get you $60 max)
    -Weekends (Thurs-Sun) offer best sales, so little personal time off
    -Products have inconsistent quality
    -Head office has shut down, no "life time guarantee" available on products anymore
    -Both branches (American and Canadian) declared chapter 11 bankruptcy, but still operating
    -Management will contact you off-hours, harassing you to take more shifts
    -High turnover, both in employees and management
    -Commute can be far at times (ie. Montreal territory covers whole city, same for Toronto)
    -Consistent payroll errors
    -Undependable pay schedule, can often be delayed or late without warning
    -If working out of town, all expenses are out of your pocket, such as hotel, transportation, food (commission is raised slightly to compensate)
    -Many former employees have successfully taken the company to court for labor issues
    -Many customers of the company (retail stores) have declined further business, citing inconsistent results
    -Unexpectedly calling in for a sick or personal day may result in an (illegal) fine of $500/day
    -Stock is often delayed due to cash flow issues

    Advice to Management

    If you really want the company to work like it used to 15 years ago, stop treating your employees as if they're disposable, and start using some ethics instead.


  5. "Great Job but you have to work at it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have worked at Jesco for over 7 years and they have giving me a lot of opportunities. I've been sent to work in Hawaii for 4 months, Halifax for 7 months, the state fairs in the USA, and every corner or Ontario. It's been such a great experience. Everyone is really nice. You get to choose if you want to be paid straight commission or with a base pay + commission system. It's nice because you don't have to worry that you won't make any money if you have a bad day or something. I also like that I get to talk to people instead of working in an office or a factory. They also have an open door policy with upper management too.

    Cons

    You do have to work at it. If you want a job where you collect your $15 an hour regardless of if you work hard or not, this job isn't for you. You won't make a lot of money and will end up quitting. If you are the kind of person who wants to work when you're at work, you can make A LOT of money. I remember making over $1000 in one day in a Canadian Tire in Sault Ste Marie! But that only happens if you actually work at it.

    Advice to Management

    Would be nice to have benefits.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not my favorite job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you are a struggling actor and need some experience or you're a college student who doesnt know any better or someone that has ample time to waste sign up (their application process) they'll take you.

    Cons

    Can't move up, but you do get around travelling the city to perform your act. Once upon a time they paid for your gas in travel, they also paid for your hotel expenses if you went out of state. They used to have a base plus commission option. Ņow they only have commission. Bummer. Their products break and to they guarantee a fix, good luck. I'm still waiting for them to fix mine.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Frauds, Liars & cheats"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Emplyoee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Former Emplyoee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My biggest pro,.... I got out.

    Cons

    All times this company is run without any actual management skills.
      More often than not, Retailers are not given notice that booth/gears & product(s) is arriving for set up.
       When emergencies arise (death in family) you're "fined" for the day(s) you want/need to be away for funereal(s)
       Products break upon testing before actually selling (many time have to go through multiple sets to find 1 that "may work" at your booth.
        I only give you a small example of the problems with this company, it's best you do your research.

    Advice to Management

    Management with this company will never change - the top players are basically ACTORS trying to fill a roll that has nothing to do with acting (unless you consider CON-JOBS acting)


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Company Closed-- Bankrupt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Jesco full-time

    Pros

    The only good thing about this company is that it went into Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. They can no longer cheat their employees.

    Cons

    They have reopened under a thinly veiled company that does the same thing, named "The Pace Group." If you can find their website you'll see a picture of a bunch of people that haven't worked for Jesco in years. Let's hope this company either dies quickly or is called out for illegal bankruptcy procedures with Jesco.

    Advice to Management

    Find another company! You won't be getting a job with Jesco. If you like the abuse, contact Jay and he'll set you up with some stores.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Look elsewhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    can create own schedule can be a fun acting job if you make sales and work all the time

    Cons

    it stinks that you don't get paid when a store has no traffic flow. Some places i drove around 80 miles and came acround at the time 5 miles short of the travel pay. The store had 3 customers in it the whole entire day. Go elsewhere where you get paid to work that hard.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees by paying them more they'll stick around


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Stay Far Away From This Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Jesco full-time

    Pros

    Experience. Never boring. Opportunities to meet interesting people.

    Cons

    Completely life consuming, shockingly dishonest, controlling employer. Consistently losing store contracts due to misleading paperwork. No insurance benefits (they tell you there are, but try asking. Then work there for a year and try asking again). NO GUARANTEED PAY regardless of whether you are at a store near your home or in a store across the country. Uncontrollable negative store situations for a 10 day run. Inferior products that I had to sell with a smile, knowing they would break within the month.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees. Pay them in full. Pay them on time. Do not deliberately mislead people during the interview. Reimburse your agents (at least PARTLY) for travel. Stop belittling, abusing, and taking advantage of the people who make you your money. Stop leaving fake, positive reviews on the internet so that you'll get more applications.


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