• Report: #247989

Complaint Review: Green Light Marketing

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  • Submitted: Wed, May 09, 2007
  • Updated: Mon, August 27, 2007

  • Reported By:Chicago Illinois
Green Light Marketing
850 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 703 Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.

Green Light Marketing Ripoff Door-to-door strongarm sales tactics Brainwashing tactics and hypocrisy in the management May have moved office locations since I left a month ago Chicago Illinois

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: yup

*Consumer Comment: Thanks for your honesty

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*Note: the address listed is probably no longer accurate, I heard they've moved to a new office. Just watch for the name.

I was willing to deal with the 10-12 hours I spent on my feet every day, to meet with my trainer and the leaders on the weekend like they asked, to deal with the inane motivational rhetoric. I was willing to complete the little paper tests that were all open-book, open-notes, open-other-people and essentially worthless except for the sake of regurgitating information.

I was willing to deal with people not answering my questions. I was willing to keep asking questions whose answers I needed to do well in the field and on those little tests, until I finally got somewhere. I was willing to continue charging ahead, trying to improve my approach and rehearse the transparently unnatural-sounding sales pitches. I was willing to practice at night and familiarize myself with the product lines so I wouldn't look like a complete idiot when I hit the field.

I was willing to resist the temptation to explain why I felt the pitch could be adjusted to become more productive when they told me, "it works, it works, it works!" I was willing to suck it up and keep going out into the field day after day to face down people who hate our clients and despise me for even coming in the door. I was willing to try the indifferent and consultant mindsets to try and keep myself from taking the failure too hard, and to keep going.

I was willing to work for only a 28% commission with no base pay, and waste an otherwise unpaid ten days to give you my best efforts. I was willing to walk a mile at a time on streets with no businesses or running buses to get to the next area of my territory, diving headfirst into 50mph winds, snow and rain, during 30 degree weather.

I was willing to be told that my personal presence and smiling face weren't up to par because that must be the only way I'm not landing sales, when nobody was out in the field observing me. I was enthusiastic, smiling,
singing, and charmingly disarming the WHOLE DAY, and reported it, but no, that was the problem: it wasn't enough.

I am NOT willing to essentially stick my foot in the door to try and psychologically trick or strongarm someone into buying something they don't need so I can make my commission at the cost of my dignity or honor. I am furthermore unwilling to accept the indoctrinative rhetoric saying that we're supposed to take the consultant approach of, "we're just offering them a chance to save money, take it or leave it" when the scripted pitch we are required to memorize and use to control the situation and people follows the first approach.

I am NOT willing to sit back and listen to you repeatedly tell me I don't have the "student mentality" key to the job when 80% of the time I spend in the office, I'm asking questions, many of which go unanswered. For a team that proselytizes the education aspects of the job, the situation is unbelievably inconducive to learning.

I am NOT willing to compromise my integrity to get ahead in the business world. But furthermore, I'm not willing to be insulted and denegrated for not succeeding at the personal and affiliative aspects of the job when they know and I know that the problem was my not hitting quota, but nobody will say it. Especially after being told, repeatedly, that I can't think about the numbers, that I must focus on my attitude and presentation to succeed.

I encourage you to bypass Green Light Marketing. You will be used up and spit out unless you're one of the 1% who actually falls for this system. In the ten days I spent as a part of the company and going through the interview process, there were at least six others who came in and then left again, including two who were fired. Do yourself a favor and run away.

B
Chicago, Illinois
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/09/2007 08:23 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Green-Light-Marketing/Chicago-Illinois-60607/Green-Light-Marketing-Ripoff-Door-to-door-strongarm-sales-tactics-Brainwashing-tactics-and-247989. 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 UPDATE EX-employee responds

yup

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

i wrote a report too...was trying to get a "real" job, and instead i found this...was only there for three days cause i was not witnessing many accounts being landed, like they said. And because NO ONE is this enthusiastic about a job that required that much hard work when you're not even guaranteed to make money. I didn't buy their fake enthusiasm.
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Thanks for your honesty

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

I was just called to do an interview with Green Light Marketing (note: new address is 750 North Orleans Suite 1 Chicago, IL 60610), but wanted to know more about the company, so I researched and found this. I have emailed Christina (HR Dept.) with a few questions. I will post the answers when I get them.
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