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Complaint Review: Kirby Vacuums Through K & R Distributing

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  • Submitted: Tue, March 30, 2010
  • Updated: Mon, May 14, 2012

  • Reported By: Mark — Clarkston Washington United States of America
Kirby Vacuums Through K & R Distributing
621 Main St. Ste F Lewiston, Idaho United States of America

Kirby Vacuums Through K & R Distributing Kirby Vacuum K & R Used bait and switch tactics to recruit me as an employee Lewiston, Idaho

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: What a Company !!!!!

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Listen Believe Follow

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I recently replied to a job advertisement in the local classifieds, that offered a job with a monthly salary of $1825.00 in the departments of customer service, sales and management trainee. I went to the interview and was told if I am hired, I would need to start immediately. I received a call that same night for the job offer, and would need to start the following day. I quit my current job with no notice, and felt terrible about that, but the Kirby (K & R) manager told me it was the only way to be hired. I showed up the next day and found myself filling out papers that stated I would be working for free the first few days. I asked the manager why this was not explained to me during the interview and he stated "because you didn't ask". Okay, then I came to find out it was a independent contracting position, and the $1825.00 only applies if I made 2 demonstrations to customers a day (which there was no guarantee I would have 2 customers a day). I was also required to be at work at 10am everyday, and they would shuttle me to a neighborhood and wait for me to sell something. I could expect to work until 10 or 11 pm until something was sold. They were my ride back to the office. This does not qualify and an independent contractor due to control issues. I quit after the first 1 or 2 customers practically held a crucifix in my face when I told them I was with Kirby. I am reporting this company to the IRS, BBB, local labor departments and to the Tribune classifieds for false job recruitment advertising and illegal employee classification in order for the company to avoid paying taxes. They haven't seen the last of me!!!

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

What a Company !!!!!

AUTHOR: Karl Kiesow - (United States of America)

I worked for K & R Distributing from Dec of 1997 to Oct 2000. In the time I worked there, they never mislead  any of their salespeople or any customers.  Yes, some days it was long hours, but it was well worth the time.  I started out as a salesperson, made service manager in about 8 months, then took over the inhouse account after a year and then sales manager about 4 months after that. So, in a year and 4 months, I was service/sales manager. 

Yes, Kirby is a door to door sales, and if you let the salesperson in, you want a Kirby. In my 2 3/4 years selling Kirby Vacuums, I never went in a house that didn't need a Kirby or already has a Kirby but wanted to upgrade to a newer model.

I would probably still be working there in I didn't have to move back to California to take care of my father. In closing, the owners of K & R Distributing treated EVERY salesperson as part of their family and if my life changes, I would head back to Idaho for a job with K & R Distributing

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Listen Believe Follow

AUTHOR: K and R dist. - (United States of America)

Listen Believe and Follow is what it takes for sucsess.  K and R does offer a garantee like many sales based jobs out there.  It is based on 2 demos a day witch is about half of what you can do.  We have a telimarking room that sets us appointments usally 3 per day.  It is not hard to get your 48 demos  monthly if you show up to work and actually work.  Some people have this crazy notion they should get paid for doing nothing.  You get what you put into it.  We have many sales people that are very sucsessful and have been with us for years. Others have went on to owning there own francies.  I know sales is not for everyone but don't be bitter because you couldn't do it.   
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