• Report: #190182

Complaint Review: Breakthrough Advertising, Inc. Aka Granton Marketing, Cydcor, DSMax

  • Submitted: Fri, May 05, 2006
  • Updated: Tue, May 11, 2010

  • Reported By:Orlando Florida
Breakthrough Advertising, Inc. Aka Granton Marketing, Cydcor, DSMax
668 N Orlando Avenue Suite 108 Maitland, Florida U.S.A.
  • Phone: 407-788-2100
  • Web:
  • Category: Employers

Breakthrough Advertising,Granton Marketing, Cydcor, DSMax Ripoff Marketing scam is actually retail scam. Long hours, big talk, lots of promises, sometimes no pay at all. Can't explain their past transgressions or answer any questions about where their money comes from or their business model on the phone. Maitland Florida

*General Comment: Break Thru.INC

*General Comment: Break Thru.INC

*Consumer Comment: Potential Employee

*Consumer Comment: Competitive Advertising Richard Patterson MOVED CHANGED NAME?

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I saw an ad for a marketing position. I am a copywriter with experience that fit easily into the vague description of people they were looking for so I sent them my resume and cover letter. I received this email in response:

BREAKTHROUGH ADVERTISING, INC.
Worldwide Advertising for Sports and Entertainment

Thank you for your interest in a position with Breakthrough Advertising, Inc. We've reviewed your qualifications, past experiences and skills, as well as compared your resume to others received. After evaluating these things, we've come to agreement that we'd enjoy sitting down with you for a more personal interview. First off, congratulations on being selected, as there were many resumes that were submitted and considered. Secondly, we will be filling all openings ASAP, as we are entering our busiest season with current campaigns that include pro sports, entertainment and many of Central Florida's premier restaurants. Therefore, please call our Human Resources Manager listed below as soon as possible to insure that you have an opportunity to meet with one of the managing partners. Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Human Resources Manager

I forgot about the email because frankly, vaguely worded "Marketing" jobs are not what I do. I am not a salesperson. I am a copywriter with experience working at actual Marketing Firms who would never expect their writers to perform actual sales or work with the public. Several days passed and I received a phone call from Brandy DeVore asking me to call them about a job. I like to research the companies that call me, before I talk to them and so I typed their name into a Google search. This website came up as did MANY others, documenting their exact scam and shady business model. There must be millions of people (not an exaggerated number) online with stories about getting scammed by this pyramid scheme.

I called Brandy DeVore back and she started by saying she had some questions to ask me about my resume. I replied by saying that the ad was a little vague and I had some questions myself about this "Marketing Position." I asked where they got their money from, about their business model, about the nature of the work in detail, what I would be doing there. She had vague answers and sometimes no answers at all. I finally asked why her company was on ripoffreport.com and she was dumbstruck. She said she had no answer for me but her manager, who was out of town, Richard Patterson, would be able to answer me when he returned from out of town on Monday.

I doubt he or anyone else from ths company will call back and answer any questions that I have. I also advise everyone who has contact with this company or any of the hundreds of thousands of company subsidiaries and affiliates researches and reads of personal accounts of those who have worked with them before. There are accounts from all levels in the company, not just those that, as the company claims, "couldn't hack it." It looks like a VERY negative thing to become involved with and no true marketing professional would give them the time of day. I'm glad I didn't waste my time with an interview and I'm pissed that companies like this are allowed to exist and exploit people who don't know any better.

Kelly
Orlando, Florida
U.S.A.

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#1 General Comment

Break Thru.INC

AUTHOR: Lenox - (Virgin Islands (US))

Hi Lenox!

Thank you for your interest in Break-THRU, Inc. Your resume has been processed and we are interested in speaking with you further about your background and career goals. Break-THRU develops and executes innovative Sports and Entertainment Marketing Campaigns for clients throughout the Orlando area.  We lead the market in sports and entertainment advertising, dealing with high profile clients ranging from sports teams, restaurants, hotels, resorts, and golf courses.  Our list of clients has tripled; our struggle is not how to grow; it's how to keep up with our ongoing growth!  

Break-THRU separates ourselves from other advertising firms by conducting direct sales and marketing, so all of our clients and consumers are dealt with face to face.  Our whole forte is targeting markets that radio, billboards, and direct mailers cannot reach. We are currently filling positions which include exposure to outside sales, marketing, customer service, and account coordination.  We are looking for individuals who seek an opportunity to move into a management position.

The next step in the interview process will be to contact our headquarters at 407-951-5819 to set up a one on one meeting with our interviewing manager in our Orlando office.  Thanks again for your interest and we look forward to speaking with you soon. 


Sincerely,

Brooke Fields
Break-THRU, Inc.
Front Office Manager
407-951-5819







This is the email I received days ago... Today I went in for a 1 on 1 interview and upon entering I noticed the waiting room was full... not enough seats for people who just kept endlessly walking in, I scoped out my competition and  






This is the email I received days ago... Today I went in for a one on one interview and upon entering I noticed the waiting room was full. not enough seats for people who just kept endlessly walking in, I scoped out my competition and kept thinking to myself wow is this place legit? or a scam?  some of the interviewees were dressed very professional, others were not. I myself came very prepared thinking I was interviewing for a true marketing agency, I had my resume and portfolio at hand. Having just completed my B.S in Digital Arts and Design from Full Sail University I was told on the phone about a branding position that was open and how they were looking to fill spaces in their company immediately and read my resume and loved what they saw on Monster.com


The interview lasted for about 3 minutes; the gentleman was a very swift speaker, vaguely touching on details of what the jobs details. He held a piece of paper he kept taking notes on, and asked me to come back the next day at 9:15 am and told me tomorrow would be an all day interview with lunch. Afterwards I replied and told him no thank you. I have an interview for a real job and not a pyramid scheme, and gladly walked out the door. I felt like I should have told the other people in the waiting room but I just wanted to get out of that building as fast as possible

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#2 General Comment

Break Thru.INC

AUTHOR: Lenox - (Virgin Islands (US))

Hi Lenox!

Thank you for your interest in Break-THRU, Inc. Your resume has been processed and we are interested in speaking with you further about your background and career goals. Break-THRU develops and executes innovative Sports and Entertainment Marketing Campaigns for clients throughout the Orlando area.  We lead the market in sports and entertainment advertising, dealing with high profile clients ranging from sports teams, restaurants, hotels, resorts, and golf courses.  Our list of clients has tripled; our struggle is not how to grow; it's how to keep up with our ongoing growth!  

Break-THRU separates ourselves from other advertising firms by conducting direct sales and marketing, so all of our clients and consumers are dealt with face to face.  Our whole forte is targeting markets that radio, billboards, and direct mailers cannot reach. We are currently filling positions which include exposure to outside sales, marketing, customer service, and account coordination.  We are looking for individuals who seek an opportunity to move into a management position.

The next step in the interview process will be to contact our headquarters at 407-951-5819 to set up a one on one meeting with our interviewing manager in our Orlando office.  Thanks again for your interest and we look forward to speaking with you soon. 


Sincerely,

Brooke Fields
Break-THRU, Inc.
Front Office Manager
407-951-5819







This is the email I received days ago... Today I went in for a 1 on 1 interview and upon entering I noticed the waiting room was full... not enough seats for people who just kept endlessly walking in, I scoped out my competition and  






This is the email I received days ago... Today I went in for a one on one interview and upon entering I noticed the waiting room was full. not enough seats for people who just kept endlessly walking in, I scoped out my competition and kept thinking to myself wow is this place legit? or a scam?  some of the interviewees were dressed very professional, others were not. I myself came very prepared thinking I was interviewing for a true marketing agency, I had my resume and portfolio at hand. Having just completed my B.S in Digital Arts and Design from Full Sail University I was told on the phone about a branding position that was open and how they were looking to fill spaces in their company immediately and read my resume and loved what they saw on Monster.com


The interview lasted for about 3 minutes; the gentleman was a very swift speaker, vaguely touching on details of what the jobs details. He held a piece of paper he kept taking notes on, and asked me to come back the next day at 9:15 am and told me tomorrow would be an all day interview with lunch. Afterwards I replied and told him no thank you. I have an interview for a real job and not a pyramid scheme, and gladly walked out the door. I felt like I should have told the other people in the waiting room but I just wanted to get out of that building as fast as possible. 

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#3 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Mike - (U.S.A.)

Hi Kelly- I received the same call from Brandy that you received. I also received the same email in response to my resume. I am looking for a career change so the opportunity sounded good. After I was set up for an interview and bought a new suit to the tune of almost $500 I started really thinking about the job. I have no experience in advertising or marketing, why would I be a good fit? I called the office to allay my fears that the position was a door to door sales position but I spoke to a woman who was vague. So, the night before my interview with Competitive Advertising I Googled the name and found Ripoffreport and learned the other names of the company. I wish I had done this before I bought my new suit, but oh well. I will get an offer from a legit company, I will not waste my time with Competitive Advertising.
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Competitive Advertising Richard Patterson MOVED CHANGED NAME?

AUTHOR: Michael - (U.S.A.)

COMPETITIVE ADVERTISING, INC.
www.competitiveadvertising1.com
668 N Orlando Avenue Suite 108
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: 407-788-2100
Fax: 407-628-2104

Thank you for your interest in a position with Competitive Advertising, Inc. The management staff has reviewed your qualifications and skills, as well as compared your resume to others received. After evaluating these things, we've come to agreement that we'd enjoy sitting down with you for a more personal interview. Congratulations on being selected, as there were many resumes that were submitted and considered. Please call our Human Resources Manager listed below as soon as possible to insure that you have an opportunity to meet with one of the managing partners. Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Human Resources Manager

Julie Nash

407-788-2100
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