- Report: #946732
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Complaint Review: Griffin Business Consulting
Griffin Business ConsultingIndianapolis, Indiana United States of America
Griffin Business Consulting Cydcor Midwest, Jordan Becker, Jane Mernaugh Scam, Prey on Recent Graduates, Deceit, 100% Commission, Cult-like behaviors, Indianapolis, Indiana
*General Comment: I feel your pain
After submitting a resume, they will call you and schedule a first-round interview where you will come in and sit down with Jordan Becker, who runs the show. He will give you a very vague overview of the company and the definition of "direct marketing." He asks you very little about yourself or your resume. He provides a small window to ask questions. I left this first interview a little confused, but thought it was actually a legitimate operation. One day later, I was called back to come for a second interview the next week. I had an obligation the day they tried getting me to come and they acted extremely put off that they had to move it back ONE day.
When I got to the office for the second round interview, I was introduced to Jane Mernaugh, who took me out on my second round interview, which consisted of going door-to-door in a neighborhood about 20 miles from the office's location. Throughout the day, she asked me many "leadership" questions, which I just gave her very generic answers to because it seemed quite ridiculous she was asking me these questions when all we were doing was going door-to-door pushing AT&T U-Verse. The thing that struck me the most about Jane was that she was extremely pushy and very unsympathetic towards people who actually raised legitimate objections.
During lunch, which was at a Wendy's where I had to pay for my own meal, she broke down the whole system promising all these advancement opportunities. I remember her telling me that I seemed like a fast learner, so I should have no problem working my way up in a very minimal amount of time. So, being the fool I was, I thought I would be making six figures in less than a year.
When the day with Jane was over, it was already almost 8 PM and she took me back to the office to meet with Jordan again, who pretty much just asked me about what I learned that day. Once again, I supplied him with very generic answers because I honestly did not learn anything. He ended the conversation telling me I would be evaluated and be informed with a decision the next day.
I left the office pretty concerned about the whole thing and was leaning towards rejecting a potential offer. The next day, Jordan called me offering me the position. I told him I needed a little time to think about it. Once again, he seemed put off that I did not accept the position on the spot.
After thinking about it, I thought it would not hurt anyone if I took this position for the experience and make some money along the way. I accepted the offer and when I accepted the offer, he asked for my desired start date and once again, the date I gave him did not satisfy him. But since, he "liked me so much," he let me keep that date.
I will not bore you with all the details about my two months of employment at Griffin Business Consulting, but I will tell you that you get paid very, very little. You only make about $150-$300 a week and that is if you are making around a sale a day. And do not think you will be reimbursed for gas, food, or phone calls. The territory that they give you is usually garbage because it is either in lower-class neighborhoods where no one can pass a credit check or in other neighborhoods where people simply do not want to be bothered.
The office atmosphere is (for lack of a better word) atrocious. You come in every morning and spend three hours in a room called "atmosphere," which very much resembles an elementary school classroom. No one is professional. Everyone yells, screams, laughs, curses, and dances. It is extremely strange. After being there for several weeks, I brought up a "concern" about the sales system and its pushy nature and was immediately reprimanded by Jane for being "negative."
They also have these "crew" and "office" nights on Wednesdays and Thursdays where attendance is basically required. During one of my first weeks there, I skipped out on "crew" night and was approached by Jane the next day why I was not there. Being honest, I told her that after leaving the office at 9 PM all I wanted to do was go home and watch baseball. This answer did not satisfy her and she told me I had to make some sacrifices to be a team player. I do think it crossed her mind that I was already sacrificing pretty much all my friends and family to work until 9 PM five nights a week and every Saturday.
In conclusion, I would tell everyone to avoid this place at all costs. Jordan Becker is at times a nice guy, but he lacks any sort of business sense. He is not professional at all, can be extremely arrogant, and you can tell within an hour of being there that he is huge on playing favorites. Jane Mernaugh is not someone I would consider to be a good person. She possesses zero self-awareness and it seems like she would do anything to get ahead. Those two also have the strange habit of talking about other office owners like they are as prestigious as Warren Buffett or Jerry Jones.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/25/2012 11:10 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Griffin-Business-Consulting/Indianapolis-Indiana-/Griffin-Business-Consulting-Cydcor-Midwest-Jordan-Becker-Jane-Mernaugh-Scam-Prey-on-Rec-946732. 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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