If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. A funny thing happened the other day. As a recent college graduate I was deep into job seeking when I came upon a position that sounded like a fit. This company, Meriam Marketing, also known as G.G.C. marketing and better known as CYDCOR, had advertisements everywhere for entry-level positions.
They covered monster.com, yahoo and the local papers all with varying contact names and job descriptions promising a starting salary of $26,000 a year (commission was not mentioned! Smart move Cydcor!). However, they don't tell you why they have multiple names (that aren't listed) or why they have no Website. It takes immense pressure and repeating of one's self to get a straight answer from anyone there, and even then I would doubt it is the truth.
This is a company that feeds off the stupidity and naivety of the young. What seems like a young and hip working environment is really a faade for a bunch of idiots in suits. And did I mention a bunch of young, attractive, apparently made extremely wealthy overnight, people who would better fit in with the Branch Davidians than a professional business office in Cherry Creek?
The group is illusive, not telling any of the candidates what was going on before the infamous second interview, and sketchy at best. You show up to see their chanting and loud music in the back room only to find out you're about to get into a car with a couple of the business geniuses. Their marketing is an intense sales program targeted at unaware consumers and businesses from door-to-doorby no means a real marketing company. I mentioned a marketing plan and was met with blank looks.
These people wouldn't know marketing if it hit them in the head. My favorite part by far was the second interview tag-teaming efforts. Make sure there's always two to every one candidate--wouldn't want the candidate to try to question their shady procedures. And funny how the entirely commissioned based job isn't mentioned until the assault at a coffee shop? No, the random stop to Starbucks on the way home from your field interview is not randomafter speaking to other candidates it is entirely planned and yet one more way for them to dispute any of your concerns. Thankfully, I met up with some other candidates after the third interview back at the office with the overnight success himselfMr. 23-year-old, drives a brand new BMW that my tag team was sure to point out, and probably didn't graduate from schooland was able to talk things over after the day.
Luckily my instinct is strong and I knew there were some red flags and began my research before the scheduled you got it, congratulations! call from one of the supposed managers of the joint. Researching a company that does not have a Website or is even listed in the area was a bit of an obstaclebut one I was sure to overcome. I was relieved and shocked to find this Website, all of the entries could not be more right on.
And when that final call came I asked the caller who their parent company wasand after much evading of the question got CYDCOR from them. I did not accept the jobthey must take me for a fool if they think I want to be part of their shady business strategies. However, my greatest concern is that someone might miss the signs. Someone might not have other candidates to talk to and they will be the one who gets roped into this MLM, cult-like scam. Tom Martino, this one's for you!
I'm not that stupid, Gavin
Castle Rock, Colorado