When I was hired at IPA I was on unemployement, my husband had just been badly injured and was on disability and I needed a job desperately so that we could pay our bills. IPA called me from seeing my resume online and I went in for an interview.
They wanted to hire me on the spot and I was flattered. (I should have known better) The very first day of training, the "trainer", who said he was a lawyer, dropped the F-Bomb sprinkled with other expletives the entire day. Not only that, but he used offensive phrases like "balls to the wall" and then said that "women use their bodies to get ahead in the business world". I was disgusted and I said something to him and he embarassed me in front of the whole class by commenting about me in a sexual way.
They tease their employees with their ferraris and their high achievements. (There are pictures of the owner John Burgess, and President Clinton all over the place-which, in retrospect should have tipped me off that this was not a company run by respectable people). What they are really doing is getting kids, young kids from disadvantaged areas and telling them they can be rich if they follow their plan. They make them call on companies and lie and bully their way into making appointments with a consultant the business owner doesn't even want to see.
They will even train them to say they're calling from a different company, or lie and say they want to do a big deal with them and buy large amounts of their products. It's hideous. Not only is the business aspect of it bad, but there is a whole lot of sex happening in that building. The girls are encouraged to dress trashily, the boys are encouraged to act like they are working in a stud barn. The owner took the top salesguys to a bachelor party for one of them on a private plane with topless stuardesses. It is widely talked about that the owner "takes care" of his money-makers, including providing them with cocaine, marijuana, girls, and bail money if needed.
One of the guys I worked with got into a drunk driving related accident and the owner even hired him a lawyer. It's a frightening place to work and I'm totally embarassed I was suckered into it and that I stuck it out so long. It was miserable and I'm so glad I left there and I hope the truth comes out eventually.
Palos Park, Illinois