• Report: #970307

Complaint Review: Lightship Employment Solutions LES

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  • Submitted: Fri, November 16, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, November 26, 2012

  • Reported By: Lori — Niles Illinois United States of America
Lightship Employment Solutions LES
Two Prudential Plaza, 180 N. Stetson, Suite 3500, Chicago, Illinois United States of America

Lightship Employment Solutions LES Marston-Mills, MMI Research, Lightship Research Reverse Search scam Chicago, Illinois

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*Consumer Comment: Lightship Employment Solutions

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I am actively seeking new employment and I received this email:

Your resume was presented to me by our research staff for a search that we were recently working on.  Although you have a marketable background, it was not a match for this assignment. Should there be other opportunities in the future, we will immediately re-contact you.
 
If you are actively engaged in a job search, you may want to contact LES. They are an aggressive research team that supports the national search efforts of search firms, consulting firms and end users and they have a program for active job seekers as well.  
 
You can give Elizabeth Johnston a call at  312/533-2203.
 
Sincerely yours, 
 
Sara Bloom Research Associate
Pembrook Partners

I didn't recall submitting an application through Pembrook Partners, so I emailed Sara to ask her which position she was talking about.  I didn't hear from her, which I chalked up to rudeness.  I did a web search for "LES" and found nothing, so I decided to call.

I spoke to Elizabeth Johnston and she sent me some information on the reverse search process and a service agreement.  For $1845 I would receive a list of 100 contacts and for another $200 they would address and mail the cover letters and resumes for me.  Elizabeth assured me that 85% of her clients obtained 10 interviews and a job from the first 100 contacts.  I received an email followup 3 days later, and when I didn't respond to that I received a phone call from Elizabeth and she really pushed me to sign up.  She offered me a "complimentary" session with my team leader and I agreed.

Lucky for me I found these Ripoff Reports.  I was dismayed to see that I had received the same email that was sent out in 2007.  I am not sure what part Pembrook Partners plays in this, if any.

When my team lead, Jim Johnston called me this afternoon I asked him about these reports and the conversation ended.
 


This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/16/2012 03:18 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Lightship-Employment-Solutions-LES/Chicago-Illinois-60601/Lightship-Employment-Solutions-LES-Marston-Mills-MMI-Research-Lightship-Research-Reverse-970307. 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 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Anonymous - (United States of America)

I also received the same email from Pembrook. This company does not exist. When I contacted LES, I also spoke with Elizabeth Johnston. She gave me her sales pitch as if she was on autopilot. When I could get a word in, I attempted to ask questions that pertained to what she was saying. She actually became annoyed, as if I was interrupting her. She was especially rude when I began inquiring about their fee, which is outrageous, or references. She is focused on getting you to speak with a team leader, someone who will also put forth a hard sell. My warning signal was set off at that point, which is how I discovered this information.

One has to wonder about a company that uses rote emails from a fake company, and person, in order to lure contacts. Right there, this tactic says a lot about their integrity. Their reverse search technique sounds bogus. In the age of internet accessibility, why pay a company close to 2k in order to provide information that can be uncovered at your own fingertips with a quick search and phone call on your own? 

What's up with all the name changes? They seem to change their name often, which is also a sign of a suspiciously small company, and trying to avoid poor reviews that come to light on the web. (I wouldn't be surprised if they're most likely a couple people working on computers in their basement.) I smell a scam. Thank you for having this site!

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AUTHOR: Anonymous - (United States of America)

I also received the same email from Pembrook. This company does not exist. When I contacted LES, I also spoke with Elizabeth Johnston. She gave me her sales pitch as if she was on autopilot. When I could get a word in, I attempted to ask questions that pertained to what she was saying. She actually became annoyed, as if I was interrupting her. She was especially rude when I began inquiring about their fee, which is outrageous, or references. She is focused on getting you to speak with a team leader, someone who will also put forth a hard sell. My warning signal was set off at that point, which is how I discovered this information.

One has to wonder about a company that uses rote emails from a fake company, and person, in order to lure contacts. Right there, this tactic says a lot about their integrity. Their reverse search technique sounds bogus. In the age of internet accessibility, why pay a company close to 2k in order to provide information that can be uncovered at your own fingertips with a quick search and phone call on your own? 

What's up with all the name changes? They seem to change their name often, which is also a sign of a suspiciously small company, and trying to avoid poor reviews that come to light on the web. (I wouldn't be surprised if they're most likely a couple people working on computers in their basement.) I smell a scam. Thank you for having this site!

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