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Complaint Review: Foundation, Inc.

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  • Submitted: Wed, July 18, 2012
  • Updated: Thu, September 27, 2012

  • Reported By: Kris — Tucson Arizona United States of America
Foundation, Inc.
7290 Engineer Road, Suite D San Diego, California United States of America

Foundation, Inc. Foundation Marketing Deceptive and Illegal Business Practices San Diego, California

*Author of original report: Company changed their name to Keystone

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Roughly three months ago I found an ad on Craigslist for a 'sports marketing position.' I went on the interview and initially met with Ian Laird, the owner of the company (he calls himself though Director of Operations). The company represents Makeover Essentials (nothing to do with sports), a cosmetics line owned by Foundation/Ian Lairds parent company, Smart Circle International.

I was new to California and I needed a job, so I took the position. It turned out the company does door-to-door business sales. There are no booths, conferences, or any type of appointments pre-set, basically soliciting (which was fine with me). Ian Laird tells everyone though they don't need a sales permit or a solicitors license (which is incorrect). [continued below]....
..... Anyway, his office (Foundation, Inc., but now changing name to Inspire, and previously named Foundation Marketing, among other names) promote that if you go door-to-door for roughly six months, hit your sales targets, and build a team you will then be promoted to open your own office.



This couldn't be further from the truth. Admittedly I wasn't the top sales person in the office, but 90% of the time I hit my goals and I was promoted into leadership. It quickly became clear to me that Ian Laird though didn't value individuals who showed exemplary leadership skills and who also excelled in sales.

There were three leaders in the office who consistently ranked the highest in sales (Bob, Latham, and Jacque), and who also were very ethical and always helped others excel. Ian though consistently disparaged these individuals, and would constantly praise individuals who were not leading by example. I soon learned these individuals had moved to San Diego with Ian, and with whom he had a personal relationship.

The premise of do sales for 6 months, then own your own office was bogus. Ian Laird let drug activity continue in the office, and while individuals were on the job, even after hed been made aware of such activity. And we soon learned that Sandy El-Reyes didnt earn her promotion to the Los Angeles office based on her sales, but because she and her team were purchasing her own make-up sets to artificially increase her numbers. Ian Laird again dismissed this claim, though videos and photos of the sets all over her home were shown to everyone.

The people in the office who are doing the right thing and are leading by example are made out to be liars, yet those engaging in unethical and in some cases illegal activity are being promoted.

So the claim of do the right thing and work hard for six months, to then receive your own office, is clearly a bogus claim.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/18/2012 07:15 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Foundation-Inc/San-Diego-California-92111/Foundation-Inc-Foundation-Marketing-Deceptive-and-Illegal-Business-Practices-San-Diego-914130. 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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#1 Author of original report

Company changed their name to Keystone

AUTHOR: Christopher - (United States of America)

Instead of doing the right thing to improve its image by treating people the right way, Foundation Marketing instead changed their name once again to Keystone (http://www.keystoneusa.biz). It says a lot about a company that they just want to keep altering their name as if the bad publicity will just go away. It doesn't fix the root of the underlying problem though that this company is poorly managed.
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