ED Magedson – Founder
Blackstone Consulting Inc.601 Carlson Parkway Suite 1525 Minnetonka, Minnesota United States of America
I was applying for sales and marketing jobs with CareerBuilder and was contacted by Blackstone Consulting Inc. Having been applying for jobs for a long time I was excited to hear back although I had never heard of the company.
After receiving an initial phone call from HR and setting up an interview time I wanted to find out as much as I could about the company from there website. This was very difficult because they have a very generic website that doesn't really describe what they do or what clients they work for. The position I interviewed for was the Project Manager position.
My first interview was with the newly appointed Assistant Manager of the company, Kendall. I found out during the interview process that he had been with Blackstone Consulting for less than 1 year and was previously in construction which I thought was strange because he moved up so quickly. The first interview lasted only about 20 minutes and consisted of Kendall asking me some very easy questions about sales and leadership. He also described the job functions which would be 60% current clients and 40% new business clients. I thought that this seemed like a good deal having an established territory. However, after my third interview was I realized how different the job actually was.
The second interview consisted of me and four other candidates and we all sat in on a company meeting. I was impressed because the company was in the Carlson Towers but also found it odd that during the company meeting about 50 people were crammed into a large conference room and stood while the president Jeremy gave a speech. His speech seemed a lot like a sales pitch to the candidates talking about the high sales people from the day before and possibilities of expanding to new markets and new clients. After the interview I sat down again with Kendall and we talked for maybe 10 minutes where he talked about the 2 weak training period and we set up a time for a third interview for the next day.
The third interview which was the final interview only lasted about 10 minutes consisted of him asking me some more basic questions about myself. Before even discussing pay, benefits, or scheduling he offered me the job and reached out to shake my hand at the same time. Almost like he was trying to trick me. I then had to ask him about compensation which i found out was 100% commission and no employee benefits. I also discovered that instead of meeting with current and new businesses I would be traveling door to door to customers' houses and trying to sell them Quest Internet. They didn't consider it to be cold calling because the home owners received advertisement flyers in the mail! I told him I would have to think about it.
Here are some of the reasons I believe this company is a scam:
-Assistant Company manager has been with company for less than a year and was in construction before this job.
-HR is also secretary
-Website if very generic with no actual information on what they do or what companies they do business with.
-The office is 10x too small to accomidate 50+ sales people. No one really uses it except for 1 daily meeting.
-Lots of different levels of managers but who are they really managing?
-Office in Denver, CO with no contact information.
-Very short and very quick interview process with not much screening of candidates.
-100% Commission based and Door to Door sales. Means nothing comes out of the pocket of the business.
Be very careful when dealing with this company. I am glad I found out about this sooner than later. If something doesn't seem right or too good to be true something is probably wrong. Go with your gut feeling!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/03/2011 10:40 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Blackstone-Consulting-Inc/Minnetonka-Minnesota-55305/Blackstone-Consulting-Inc-Sales-and-Marketing-Firm-is-Actually-Door-to-Door-Internet-Sal-678059. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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