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  • Submitted: Sat, September 20, 2008
  • Updated: Mon, March 30, 2009

  • Reported By:ft myers Florida
Maxim Enterprises,Bargain Locks,Maxim Locks
5080 Aultman Dr N. Canton, Ohio U.S.A.

Maxim Enterprises,Bargain Locks,Maxim Locks This company owes contractors millions N. Canton Ohio

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Scam Artists

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: The Truth about Maxim

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: losing out because of disputed

*UPDATE Employee: Liar

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: That was sure a lot of information

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: To check this out

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Another Happy Ex Employee

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*UPDATE EX-employee responds: wow what you know

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Its Funny

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: wow what you know

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: wow what you know

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: wow what you know

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: wow what you know

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Wow!!!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: "The third side of the story"

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: .....Also about the hummer and house

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: ...what?

*Consumer Comment: Maxim

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Ladies and Gentlemen, if you could direct your attention to all of the previous notes...

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Who is the owner of Maxim Enterprises

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: what

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: what

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: ...funny

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Dear Mrs. Maxim

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: THE GAME RULES

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Who's Kevin???????

*Consumer Suggestion: I agree with Former Maxim Employee

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Deny All You Can

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: There's 3 sides to every story

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Let the truth be told

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This is for anyone looking to work for Steve Maxim or his brother Keith Maxim. I worked for them for 7 years and in the end found out they have used over $2,000,000 of there contractors money as their personal piggy banks. They used our money to start bargainlocks.com and maximlocks.com. They have tried to say the banks haven't paid them so they can't pay their contractors but we found out this is not true and to make matters worse a few contractors had their lives ruined because they were never paid.

Steve Maxim is up for the Inc 500 award this year because the company did over $10 million but yet the contractors who performed the work get shafted and if you quit on him he keeps your money saying you screwed him yet you can't keep working for him because he doesn't pay. Keith isn't much better he is known to still other contractors bid work and do it himself. Both brothers took the money to start lock companies so the next time you go to order locks from them remeber all the contractors the screwed over. By the way Steve and Keith both own over $500,000 houses. Can't to see them in hell

Maximsucks
ft myers, Florida
U.S.A.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

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AUTHOR: Truth Be Told - ()

I know that this report is old. But know that most of what is being talked about in here is still going on. Steve supposedly has a big fancy house in Glenmoore and Keith finally got his Maserati back. Working for Steve, I was owed around $8,000 but eventually stopped trying to get my money. They can afford better lawyers than me. I do still have all of my work reports from working with Maxim Enterprises. Hundreds of them showing completed jobs. Keith...hates his brother steve. Idk why..they have a ton in common. I will say that at least Keith pays his employees. Even if it is chump change without over time pay. I have worked for many MANY companies in preservation and honestly...this is just an industry thing. The industry as a whole is screwed up. Leaving preservation was the greatest career decision I could ever make. You work 60+ hours for $400 a week...no thanks. 


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The Truth about Maxim

AUTHOR: Akron,oho - (U.S.A.)

I worked for Maxim Enterprises I'm ashamed to say. Everything the contractor's have said on here is the truth. I worked in the accounting department so I knew what went on. I know that contractors should of been paid for work work and some how Maxim finds a reason to not pay. I've seen where the client paid $$ and Maxim would pay the contractor $500, two weeks later back charge them $500, two more weeks back charge them another $500. Give the contractor back $150 just to turn around and charge them back another $500.

The sad thing NO ONE at Maxim takes responsibility for anything it was always someone else's fault. I mean go figure who is running the accounting department? Someone who has not a clue what they're talking about and has ALWAYS had someone else doing their work while they walk around on their cell phone all day.

Then we have vendor management who does what? Get's new contractors for all these different states. For what I ask so they can have more contractor's doing nothing aside from going out of business from no work. What about the states Maxim has had for awhile. When you cover a whole state and you're only getting 100 work orders for the whole state, that's a problem. But when you ask "bobble head"  or "barbie" where the work is. You get the answer it's coming. But it never does. I guess that's what happens when the client's get pulled into these lawsuit's.

As far as the employee's being loyal and happy that's a bunch bs. The majority of the people that are still there is because jobs are hard to come by. I've spoken with a few that are still there and they hate it but it's a paycheck.

Steve is not stupid he knows exactly what he's doing. He need not rely on his upper management staff so much and do the right thing. But he has some shady  people working for him. The old expression " everything that happens in the dark will eventually come to light". Maxim will get back everything they've done to all these people and then some some. It's just a shame that the some of the people working there will suffer behind a company who could care less for their employee's or contractors.

My final thought is anyone who is able to get out of there needs to. RUN from there and don't look back. You will feel such a relief when you're gone. It's hard to work for a company you know is ripping people off. You may not be doing it but you're a part of a company who is and knowing that means your just as guilty as the owner and his mother.

I wish Maxim the best of luck because they're going to need it. Luck isn't going to be able to help them for much longer. I wonder what's behind door number one for Maxim.......!
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AUTHOR: Dale - (U.S.A.)

I dont know the whole story between mr maxim and the contractors. All I know is I was a worker that worked for one of these contractors he let go. I have made several attempt to try to get some one from the maxim company to talk to me, never with any response. I loved what I did but when the rug was pulled out I was unaware of anything that was going on. All I have been asking for is someone from maxim to call or meet with me about contracting opportunities since i was caught up in this mess. Please have some kind of heart and at least talk to me.
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Liar

AUTHOR: Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

To the person that said not to call Steve a liar. I have the proof. If there was a way to upload it i would and it is in his own writing!!!!!! So quit standing up for him. I am sure you are not with him 24 7 to see if he lies, but he does.

Think again
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That was sure a lot of information

AUTHOR: Ex Emplouyee - (U.S.A.)

Hello again,

I just wanted to advise you that all of your assumptions are totally wrong.... I'm not one the Maxim's, I'm not getting paid to post a comment in this site, and I'm not signing my name because you are not signing yours either!!!!!
I thought I knew who you were but I guess I admit I was wrong.... But you did provide a lot of information..... If you are so happy with your current employer, how do you find time to read and reply to these blogs.....don't you have enough work to do????
Stop accusing a President of a company of being a lier, because it seems like everything posted in these blogs are a bunch of lies anyways..... Is that what you are saying??? What is the truth? Offcourse it would not come from all the people that were fired from that company, because of your state of hate and revenge..... Do not put Mrs Maxim in the middle of this, you are wrong again.
My purpose in writing this comment is to show to all the readers that the comments made from ex
employees are wrong, they are all based on assumptions, because they hate the company,for what happened to them.(which is very unfortunate, but it had a reason behind it).
This is a great company with values, and the present employees are very loyal and trustworthy .
Peace and harmony to all,
From a very, very, very happy ex employee


beneficial to Maxim. Look at all of the bug corporations that are laying off several of their employees..
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AUTHOR: New Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

You must be Cindy Maxim who wrote this. And as for your comment from the person that said I don't know anything at all, I know exactly who you are, and you are one of the employees that knew how to use company's time to your advantage, taking as many breaks as you wanted and not putting in your hours..how funny is that, is that why you were fired ???!!! And I still say you know nothing about the business only the phones. Well if that was the reason that I was fired Steve lied again... nothing new. He called me in his office because there were rumors that I was leaving and he asked me to go on vacation and come back with a better look on things then fired me. But was ok because I was not going to stay. I know that there is alot of money that he owes contractors. I SEEN IT. As for putting in my hours when did 60 hours a week say i did not put in my hours.... I worked more then some of the others that walked around with coffee cups in there hands. Like you said what goes around comes around we will see. I have found another job that brings me alot of happiness and I have moved on. One day after I was fired i was working for someone that does pay his contractors. See he just fired me before I Quit.

Good Luck to Maxim Enterprises they will need it.
PS this will be the last time I reply to this.
Again a ex employee.(but you know who i am)
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AUTHOR: Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

Dear Happy Ex Employee,
Please make my day and everyone else's who reads this and sign your name. Oh wait you can't because either:
A. You never worked for Maxim Enterprises
B. You are being paid to post on here
C. All of the above
I also know people still employees with this company. I have never since I left been told ONE positive thing from ANYONE who worked or has worked there. You cannot sign your name because of the reasons listed above, nothing more nothing less.
Sincerely,
Happy I don't work at Maxim Enterprises
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AUTHOR: Ex Emplouyee - (U.S.A.)

Hello again,

After re-reading some of the negative reports in this sight from past employees of Maxim, and I am one of them, I just wanted to add a few more insights.

It is very funny when the ones that resigned (or got fired) from Maxim Enterprises, including the "older contractors"(7 years+ of service) decided not to be a part of it any more, all of a sudden you start making false accusations, and making assumptions that they weren't paid. Do you actually think if there was so much wrong doing, would this company still be there, and right now they are very strong, with the right people in place to take it to the next level. All of the present employees are indeed very happy there, I'm still in contact with a few of them!!!

I was a part of it and I am here to defend it in every way possible, so that all of you would stop this negativity. Why don't you try to find something that will make you happy, since this was your choice to go into different endeavors or directions.

Check out this site:http://www.maximent.typepad.com

This way you can find out everything that goes on inside of Maxim, instead of assuming the worst. Who knows, maybe you can be the next entrepreneur to help this country get out of this recession...don't waste your time posting negativity and revenge comments, when you are the ones that made your own choices. It seems like all the present employees there are very happy and excited about the changes going into affect.

Think about what good you can do for your country and stop the whining and complaining about your past experience. Why don't you try to find a job that will bring you happiness and you can move on....By the way, there is no Maxim in may last name, just because you all decided to stay anonymous, I'm doing the same. As for the comment from the person that said I don't know anything at all, I know exactly who you are, and you are one of the employees that knew how to use company's time to your advantage, taking as many breaks as you wanted and not putting in your hours..how funny is that, is that why you were fired ???!!!

Why would you think that the president of a company would actually have time to reply to all of this BS???? I am sure he has bigger and better things to do, and not waste his time reading all of these false accusations. None of you have any facts about your assumptions, or are you even telling the truth?????? As for the collection representative hired by the ex-contractors, do you really know about his back ground?

You are accusing the person that handles the books at Maxim did security fraud, how about your representative, who is impersonating an attorney. How long did he stay in jail for committing check and security fraud????

What comes around goes around, wait and see!!!


This is just food for thought!!!!

May peace be with you, that you can find happiness in your lives,

Sincerely,

A Happy Ex employee
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AUTHOR: Ex Emplouyee - (U.S.A.)

Hello again,

After re-reading some of the negative reports in this sight from past employees of Maxim, and I am one of them, I just wanted to add a few more insights.

It is very funny when the ones that resigned (or got fired) from Maxim Enterprises, including the "older contractors"(7 years+ of service) decided not to be a part of it any more, all of a sudden you start making false accusations, and making assumptions that they weren't paid. Do you actually think if there was so much wrong doing, would this company still be there, and right now they are very strong, with the right people in place to take it to the next level. All of the present employees are indeed very happy there, I'm still in contact with a few of them!!!

I was a part of it and I am here to defend it in every way possible, so that all of you would stop this negativity. Why don't you try to find something that will make you happy, since this was your choice to go into different endeavors or directions.

Check out this site:http://www.maximent.typepad.com

This way you can find out everything that goes on inside of Maxim, instead of assuming the worst. Who knows, maybe you can be the next entrepreneur to help this country get out of this recession...don't waste your time posting negativity and revenge comments, when you are the ones that made your own choices. It seems like all the present employees there are very happy and excited about the changes going into affect.

Think about what good you can do for your country and stop the whining and complaining about your past experience. Why don't you try to find a job that will bring you happiness and you can move on....By the way, there is no Maxim in may last name, just because you all decided to stay anonymous, I'm doing the same. As for the comment from the person that said I don't know anything at all, I know exactly who you are, and you are one of the employees that knew how to use company's time to your advantage, taking as many breaks as you wanted and not putting in your hours..how funny is that, is that why you were fired ???!!!

Why would you think that the president of a company would actually have time to reply to all of this BS???? I am sure he has bigger and better things to do, and not waste his time reading all of these false accusations. None of you have any facts about your assumptions, or are you even telling the truth?????? As for the collection representative hired by the ex-contractors, do you really know about his back ground?

You are accusing the person that handles the books at Maxim did security fraud, how about your representative, who is impersonating an attorney. How long did he stay in jail for committing check and security fraud????

What comes around goes around, wait and see!!!


This is just food for thought!!!!

May peace be with you, that you can find happiness in your lives,

Sincerely,

A Happy Ex employee
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AUTHOR: Ex Emplouyee - (U.S.A.)

Hello again,

After re-reading some of the negative reports in this sight from past employees of Maxim, and I am one of them, I just wanted to add a few more insights.

It is very funny when the ones that resigned (or got fired) from Maxim Enterprises, including the "older contractors"(7 years+ of service) decided not to be a part of it any more, all of a sudden you start making false accusations, and making assumptions that they weren't paid. Do you actually think if there was so much wrong doing, would this company still be there, and right now they are very strong, with the right people in place to take it to the next level. All of the present employees are indeed very happy there, I'm still in contact with a few of them!!!

I was a part of it and I am here to defend it in every way possible, so that all of you would stop this negativity. Why don't you try to find something that will make you happy, since this was your choice to go into different endeavors or directions.

Check out this site:http://www.maximent.typepad.com

This way you can find out everything that goes on inside of Maxim, instead of assuming the worst. Who knows, maybe you can be the next entrepreneur to help this country get out of this recession...don't waste your time posting negativity and revenge comments, when you are the ones that made your own choices. It seems like all the present employees there are very happy and excited about the changes going into affect.

Think about what good you can do for your country and stop the whining and complaining about your past experience. Why don't you try to find a job that will bring you happiness and you can move on....By the way, there is no Maxim in may last name, just because you all decided to stay anonymous, I'm doing the same. As for the comment from the person that said I don't know anything at all, I know exactly who you are, and you are one of the employees that knew how to use company's time to your advantage, taking as many breaks as you wanted and not putting in your hours..how funny is that, is that why you were fired ???!!!

Why would you think that the president of a company would actually have time to reply to all of this BS???? I am sure he has bigger and better things to do, and not waste his time reading all of these false accusations. None of you have any facts about your assumptions, or are you even telling the truth?????? As for the collection representative hired by the ex-contractors, do you really know about his back ground?

You are accusing the person that handles the books at Maxim did security fraud, how about your representative, who is impersonating an attorney. How long did he stay in jail for committing check and security fraud????

What comes around goes around, wait and see!!!


This is just food for thought!!!!

May peace be with you, that you can find happiness in your lives,

Sincerely,

A Happy Ex employee
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wow what you know

AUTHOR: New Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

I was in the managment departmet while i worked for Mr. Maxim and what you are saying is totally wrong. I was let go and i now work for a company where i make what i should. working for steve i was promised alot and they were all lies. The probem is that i know the money part and he does owe these contractors alot of money. Then he started hiring all those big people to which make damn good money and to pay his wages plus those he hired at 100,000 plus where is the money coming from? (the contractors) when they first started out the contractors made the money for the work that they did. Now he pays them what ever he has left. I went to him many times because he owed people for work that he had been paid for and he would say i will pay them next week and never did and i know this because the contractors would call me. I will agree there is a lot of things that were said that were wrong. But being it the position that i was i SEEN it. all he has to do it make it right for the contractors they have spend tons on money out of there own pockets so they should be paid. all you the people in the office thinks these contractors make a killing but they all have bills, payroll, repairs, suppies, insurance to pay. So before you start saying that you know. you really know nothing until you have been out in the field and see what kind of money that are using and paying out then you have the right to say it. i have done both..... sorry to you and your knowing of what goes on.....
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Its Funny

AUTHOR: Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

I love all the ex employees whom Loved Maxim who won't sign their name. As another ex employee I know of no one who worked there that would have ANYTHING good to say about the company or any management still with the company. It is my belief that it is still someone working for the company (most likely someone with the last name of Maxim) wrighting those posts. It is true what goes around comes around"... Good Luck to you Mr.Maxim
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wow what you know

AUTHOR: New Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

I was in the managment departmet while i worked for Mr. Maxim and what you are saying is totally wrong. I was let go and i now work for a company where i make what i should. working for steve i was promised alot and they were all lies. The probem is that i know the money part and he does owe these contractors alot of money. Then he started hiring all those big people to which make damn good money and to pay his wages plus those he hired at 100,000 plus where is the money coming from? (the contractors) when they first started out the contractors made the money for the work that they did. Now he pays them what ever he has left. I went to him many times because he owed people for work that he had been paid for and he would say i will pay them next week and never did and i know this because the contractors would call me. I will agree there is a lot of things that were said that were wrong. But being it the position that i was i SEEN it. all he has to do it make it right for the contractors they have spend tons on money out of there own pockets so they should be paid. all you the people in the office thinks these contractors make a killing but they all have bills, payroll, repairs, suppies, insurance to pay. So before you start saying that you know. you really know nothing until you have been out in the field and see what kind of money that are using and paying out then you have the right to say it. i have done both..... sorry to you and your knowing of what goes on.....
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wow what you know

AUTHOR: New Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

I was in the managment departmet while i worked for Mr. Maxim and what you are saying is totally wrong. I was let go and i now work for a company where i make what i should. working for steve i was promised alot and they were all lies. The probem is that i know the money part and he does owe these contractors alot of money. Then he started hiring all those big people to which make damn good money and to pay his wages plus those he hired at 100,000 plus where is the money coming from? (the contractors) when they first started out the contractors made the money for the work that they did. Now he pays them what ever he has left. I went to him many times because he owed people for work that he had been paid for and he would say i will pay them next week and never did and i know this because the contractors would call me. I will agree there is a lot of things that were said that were wrong. But being it the position that i was i SEEN it. all he has to do it make it right for the contractors they have spend tons on money out of there own pockets so they should be paid. all you the people in the office thinks these contractors make a killing but they all have bills, payroll, repairs, suppies, insurance to pay. So before you start saying that you know. you really know nothing until you have been out in the field and see what kind of money that are using and paying out then you have the right to say it. i have done both..... sorry to you and your knowing of what goes on.....
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wow what you know

AUTHOR: New Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

I was in the managment departmet while i worked for Mr. Maxim and what you are saying is totally wrong. I was let go and i now work for a company where i make what i should. working for steve i was promised alot and they were all lies. The probem is that i know the money part and he does owe these contractors alot of money. Then he started hiring all those big people to which make damn good money and to pay his wages plus those he hired at 100,000 plus where is the money coming from? (the contractors) when they first started out the contractors made the money for the work that they did. Now he pays them what ever he has left. I went to him many times because he owed people for work that he had been paid for and he would say i will pay them next week and never did and i know this because the contractors would call me. I will agree there is a lot of things that were said that were wrong. But being it the position that i was i SEEN it. all he has to do it make it right for the contractors they have spend tons on money out of there own pockets so they should be paid. all you the people in the office thinks these contractors make a killing but they all have bills, payroll, repairs, suppies, insurance to pay. So before you start saying that you know. you really know nothing until you have been out in the field and see what kind of money that are using and paying out then you have the right to say it. i have done both..... sorry to you and your knowing of what goes on.....
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wow what you know

AUTHOR: New Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

I was in the managment departmet while i worked for Mr. Maxim and what you are saying is totally wrong. I was let go and i now work for a company where i make what i should. working for steve i was promised alot and they were all lies. The probem is that i know the money part and he does owe these contractors alot of money. Then he started hiring all those big people to which make damn good money and to pay his wages plus those he hired at 100,000 plus where is the money coming from? (the contractors) when they first started out the contractors made the money for the work that they did. Now he pays them what ever he has left. I went to him many times because he owed people for work that he had been paid for and he would say i will pay them next week and never did and i know this because the contractors would call me. I will agree there is a lot of things that were said that were wrong. But being it the position that i was i SEEN it. all he has to do it make it right for the contractors they have spend tons on money out of there own pockets so they should be paid. all you the people in the office thinks these contractors make a killing but they all have bills, payroll, repairs, suppies, insurance to pay. So before you start saying that you know. you really know nothing until you have been out in the field and see what kind of money that are using and paying out then you have the right to say it. i have done both..... sorry to you and your knowing of what goes on.....
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Wow!!!

AUTHOR: Ex Emplouyee - (U.S.A.)

Wow!!!

This is getting way out of proportion. It seems like there is so much jealousy involved in this whole situationI am also an ex employee of Maxim, but I had to resign due to family issues. It has been my good fortune and pleasure to have known and worked with Steve Maxim. On a personal note, Steve and his staff are very trustworthy, hardworking, and very dedicated to what they do. They are always striving to do their best, but unfortunately, when you have contractors, or office employees that don't take their work seriously, the company's name gets affected.

People in general are always so quick to blame someone else. You don't really realize your own fault, or your own mistakes. For all of the ex contractors and ex office employees that have been responding to this blog, it sounds to me that there are a lot of jealousy involved. Do you regret about all the wrong things you did when you worked for Maxim? I'm not sure about the reasons behind the few people that were fired at their office, but if you have been involved in management, production is the number one factor for a company's success. If employees are using company time to have personal conversations or emailing friends from their workstation, don't you think that might be a good reason for firing? Why are you assuming that they know too much???

As for the ex contractors, I really wonder if Mr Stands is still doing his unethical work cutting corners to get paid a higher dollar amount for a particular job(clean up with hazardous material), maybe this is the reason why you didn't get paid for all of your jobs!!! Are you still cutting corners to save time and make more money, now that you are working in Florida for ZVN properties LTD? The little bit that I met you, you have no work ethics, and I hope the client service companies know the "quality of work" you provide. This also applies to all other ex contractors such as Woods, Shott and Palmer. Are there any other ones that wish the worst for this company? You should all feel ashamed of yourselves.

I would like to add, that by being an ex employee and seeing this happening, I really feel bad for the person that started this ripoff report, all of this is a bunch of BS and you know it.

Be certain that Maxim Enterprises is a few of the companies that I have worked for that value employees inputs, they show respect to their peers, have very high morals and integrity. There are so many good things happening for Maxim, check out their newest blogAll this negativity you are all writing about is because of jealousy, there is enough in this universe for all to succeedand you know you made all of your money when you worked for Maxim, just be honest to yourself and stop blaming others.

When you start talking about value of homes and what car people drive, this is so childish aren't you happy with your own life? Why do you think if someone posts something positive about this company they have to have Maxim in their last name??? You really don't know the corporate culture and the background of this enterprise. Why don't you stop assuming people are hiding money? You should really be happy now "Mr Greg Sands" that you were able to sell your work area and make profit on that, allowing you to start your own venture. By the way your partner Mark Clark was also an ex employee of Maxim, wasn't he???? He didn't mention your name in the article from the Canton Repository on 12/26/08. According to Mr Clark, your business is also doing well, US Hardware Supply, or AKA A Cameron-Maddox LTD company. Why is that he didn't mention your name? Is it because you wanted to bring your competitor down??? Is that why you started this blog against Bargain Locks and Maxim Locks? I know you both met each other working for Maxim, learned everything you could possibly learn to start your own business. I really hope that your company US Hardware supply will bring you many years of success!

Now, to finalize this, I just wanted to say that what comes around goes around. Here is a beautiful quote that makes a lot of sense:
" There is no desire that anyone holds for any other reason than that they believe they will feel better in the achievement of it. Whether it is a material object, a physical state of being, a relationship, a condition, or a circumstance _ at the heart of every desire is the desire to feel good. And so, the standard of success in life is not the THINGS or the MONEY the standard of success is absolutely the amount of joy you feel".

I wish success to all of the "ex contractors" and that you find happiness in your hearts, and remember that ethics and morals are very crucial for people's success . If you don't have that in you, you still have a long way to go. That also applies to the ex office employees that have reponded to these blogs.!!!

Peace and joy,

Another ex employee
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#18 UPDATE EX-employee responds

"The third side of the story"

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

I worked at Maxim Enterprises for almost a year. When I was first hired, I was so excited to be a part of what I thought was a great company. I had heard only good things from people who had worked there, and was satisfied that I had a decent job with decent pay for a decent amount of hours a week. Everything was going well, until someone (and I won't speculate as to who, but I do have my opinions on the matter) decided that it would be okay to accept more jobs than we could handle at the time.

As a result of this decision, jobs were not being completed on time, because the company lacked the man power to do the amount of work we had been accepting. So, as any client would do when jobs aren't being completed in a timely, organized manner, we failed to receive more work.

When I first began my job, our department would be swamped every day. Most nights, we would leave late, expecting to have a fair amount of work in the morning. By the time I left Maxim, there was not enough work to occupy one person's time.

As for other issues: I always did my job the best that I could, and frankly should have been getting paid more in respect for the effort I put in. On numerous occasions, we would get together as a "team" (and I use the term loosely, because the Maxim powers claimed we were all equal, but as you have probably seen from prior posts, that was not the case) and Steve would promise us ("and stuff like that") that our jobs were secure. I remember two of these meetings, both which happened after he fired director of operations and all but two of the order entry staff. After this happened, the order entry team and processors began to work on "guides" explaining their jobs that were to be sent to Brazil for outsourcing (even after a promise from the beginning that jobs would not be outsourced).

As for Ms. Maxim- I will never for the life of me understand what her job actually was. If she wasn't sitting at the front desk writing emails about washing dishes or rearranging the women's bathroom, she was starting petty fights with workers who were there to do their jobs. She can argue all she wants about running a business, but in all honesty, she was the biggest distraction in the office. Not a day would go by where we wouldn't receive at least two emails from Cindy talking down to us about one thing or another. We were all adults in a professional business, but Cindy seemed to want to treat us like we were third graders who didn't know how to work in an office.

I truly liked my job at Maxim, but toward the end of my stay there, I couldn't have been more anxious for my last two weeks to end. This is a company that treats their workers with disrespect and handles their business operations with dishonesty. This is a company with owners who couldn't even agree on how to run their business (as we heard so often through the paper thin walls separating the processing room and Steve's office). If you are looking to work here, I must warn you to NOT do so. Many contractors were forced to quit or unwillingly terminated (many who had worked for the business from the very beginning). I only know half of what went on, but the half I do know makes me want to caution ANYONE from dealing with these people.
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#19 UPDATE EX-employee responds

.....Also about the hummer and house

AUTHOR: New Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

Mrs Maxim saids about a contractor driving a hummer yet Steve drives a bmw and his wife drives a Mercedes, and i do beleive that STEVE your special child also has a house is Green. Where did he get his money he can not even hang a picture his wife has to do and them are the words right out of your mouth.. Terry see's what is really going on God Bless his Soul. Steve should own up to what he has done and move on into another field with all the money he has hidden.

ex-employee
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#20 UPDATE EX-employee responds

...what?

AUTHOR: Ex-employee - (U.S.A.)

In response to the last report filed, one can only assume that you are an ex-employee being paid to say those things or your last name is Maxim. Either of those assumptions correct? As far as employees being fired for "knowing too much" ..how else could they reason with being let-go? There were multiple employees who dedicated their lives to that company...and for what I ask?

As far as the contractors not being able to keep up with their books until such an obsurd amount was owed to them...they cannot be held accountable to keep up with the workings of a company employee who was found guilty of mail fraud and had his CPA certificate revoked (public information)....and why is he still employed with this company?! That shows a lot.

....and all this lying and drama for what I ask? The drama cannot be good for business in the eyes of the remaining vendors supplying work to Maxim Ent. As for the lying....Mrs. Maxim, you should yourself re-visit the stark county auditors website (public information). It shows that your house is worth $250,000. Steve's house is worth $625,000 - and is located in a gated community! Why must he live in a gated community? If he has done nothing wrong, what does he need to hide from?
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Maxim

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

I would like to say I used to work at Maxim Enterprises. My question to everyone who has posted comments is, if Maxim Enterprises was ripping you off why would you contine to work for this company for so long especially 7 years plus? You say Maxim owes you over $2,000,000 who was keeping your books! Seems to me if you weren't paid for something you should of I don't know maybe said something before it got to $2,000,000 who's fault is that? Maybe Maxim was using the same person you were using to keep track of their books. We're always so quick to point the finger at someone else. As far as Maxim's employee's being fired because they knew too much that is the biggest bunch of BS. It sounds to me like you all are very childish and it's probably a good thing you're no longer working for Maxim. Everyone wants to be like "Steve" but yet it just can't be done. So instead what you do is jump on the band wagon and sue Maxim. What you fail to understand is what goes around comes back around. I worked at Maxim and I've experienced first hand some of the crap you call results being sent into the office. The numerious phone calls we had to make to contractors pretty much begging them for the results and half the time having to do it ourselves. I hope you don't get 1 penny from Maxim you don't deserve it quit trying to take something you don't deserve! If that money was owed to you, you should of kept track of it that is your own fault. Don't hate the playa hate the game!
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#22 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Ladies and Gentlemen, if you could direct your attention to all of the previous notes...

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

...this is the kind of drama that ACTUALLY goes on in that office. If you think Cindy Maxim's replies on this website are childish, you should see her in live action.

Yeah, she's co-owner but her role when I worked there her role was to pick up the phones and dump out the garbage cans in the restroom. In between these two daunting tasks, she spent her time cutting out paper crowns for people's birthdays, an embarassing tradition that she continued to do despite the fact that NOBODY liked it. Oh yeah, and there was this one time she got mad that the office had ordered sandwiches from panera for a meeting, so she went and took all of them (about 15 or so) and carried them around in her arms for a while. They were never heard from again.

Of course, I could probably go on for pages telling the ridiculous dramas of Maxim, but unlike Cindy Maxim I dont really have the time to write a super long report. Besides, there's no real need to embarass her any further than she is embarassing herself by replying to these threads. If she does reply though, I hope she starts with "Dear Mr. Awesome," because that "ASSumption" thing was totally weak.

Presenting you with the 4th version of the truth,
Mr. Awesome
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#23 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Who is the owner of Maxim Enterprises

AUTHOR: Ex-employee - (U.S.A.)

It is so hard when a company says one person is the owner and then another person says they are the owner. All we care about is the money that was owed to us for the jobs we completed nothing more. I know Maxim tries to hide around if it wasn't in on time no pay but we also know that the due date given to the contractors wasn't the true do date to the clients. Cindy please stop, your son has done enough to ruin the family name in this industry. As far as buying things and going on vacations and saving for a rainy day I did do that. What i didn't plan on was doing 2000 jobs that weren't going to be paid on. If you want to say the work wasn't done right by some of the contractors then you and your darling son are to blame for that. Is that was why Steve made us by P4C franchises so we can all say were the best of the best. The only ones that made out on that deal was Steve and his attorneys. If anyone is going to be living in big houses and taking vacations it will be them after all the attorney fees that they are collecting instead of just making a deal. Wish Terry was still alive then none of this would of went down like this and you know it. Last time i checked the court records I didn't see Cindy Maxim ceo -wait i did see her calling people and brinking in cookies and your son saying how you only get in the way when you came in to the office but there was nothing he could do about it
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#24 UPDATE EX-employee responds

what

AUTHOR: New Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

Dear Cindy,
What about the work that the contractors got in BUT your office did not update on time? The contractors should be paid correct? And what about the jobs that Steve told them to do and they would be paid and was not. What about the invoices that never made it out of your office to the client to get paid should the contractor be paid? Maxim Enterprises is a big joke and for you to act like you know how the business runs is a joke. KEEP ANSWERING THE PHONE THAT IS ALL YOU KNOW ABOUT THE BUSINESS.

YOURS TRULY
EX-EMPLOYEE
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what

AUTHOR: New Ex Employee - (U.S.A.)

Dear Cindy,
What about the work that the contractors got in BUT your office did not update on time? The contractors should be paid correct? And what about the jobs that Steve told them to do and they would be paid and was not. What about the invoices that never made it out of your office to the client to get paid should the contractor be paid? Maxim Enterprises is a big joke and for you to act like you know how the business runs is a joke. KEEP ANSWERING THE PHONE THAT IS ALL YOU KNOW ABOUT THE BUSINESS.

YOURS TRULY
EX-EMPLOYEE
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#26 UPDATE EX-employee responds

...funny

AUTHOR: ..almost Got Roped In - (U.S.A.)

We work for 5 national field service companies right now and have NO issues getting payments. Rest assured, these companies represent some of the LARGEST banks out there....most likely some of your lost clients lol
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#27 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Dear Mrs. Maxim

AUTHOR: Former Maxim Employee - (U.S.A.)

Dear Mrs. Maxim,

You should really stop making yourself look childish. I WILL WRITE THINGS IN ALL CAPS. The reason people don't sign their names is so they have no association with Maxim anymore. Really? You're representing the company? Wow. Seriously...wow....

This is so entertaining...please write more...you keep making yourself look more and more silly.

Ha ha ha....Happy New Year!
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#28 REBUTTAL Owner of company

THE GAME RULES

AUTHOR: Cindy Maxim,co-founder Of Maxim Enterprises - (U.S.A.)

Dear Denial,

Do you understand the concept of compliance? I wager not, since you're making all these accusations.
This is how THIS INDUSTRY DOES BUSINESS.

1. Banks give us the work orders, they MUST BE IN 100% COMPLIANCE OR NO PAY. We tell ALL CONTRACTORS THIS FROM THE MOMENT THEY ARE HIRED. If you can't get the work DONE ON TIME AND COMPLETED, PLEASE DON'T TAKE IT!!!!!!! THESE ARE THE GAME RULES, IF YOU DON'T LIKE THEM, THEN DON'T PLAY.....

2. The reason? BANKS WON'T PAY US!!!!! EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE DONE THE WORK, IT WASN'T SUBMITTED ON TIME. THEIR RULE, NOT OURS. It's like when you went to school, and you didn't do your homework, but said the dog ate it, and that's why it's going to be late. The teacher didn't care, she gave you an assignment and you WERE TO FINISH IT, but didn't do it!!!!! Do you really think the teacher is going to give you an A PLUS FOR BRINGING IT IN LATE? All the other students were on time, and THEY GOT THE REWARD!!!!!! That is in 100 % compliance. TEACHER IS HAPPY, AND SO ARE THE STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED THEIR HOMEWORK.....

3. How many times did we have to call you to turn in your work? How many times did you give us an excuse?

4. You say that people finally know the truth. Well, Halleullah!!!!!!

5. Did you ever come to me with your concerns , DEAR DENIAL? No, you didn't. But you like Mr. ASSumption will only give your side of the DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK STORY.

6. This is how BIG BUSINESS WORKS!!!! If you don't like it, than don't work in THIS PART OF THE BUSINESS. Go back to whatever you were doing before you started working for us. That's why we tell all contractors to take continuing education classes, so they can understand this concept of this industry. We didn't make the rules, THE BANKS DID.......

Cindy Maxim
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#29 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Who's Kevin???????

AUTHOR: Cindy Maxim,co-founder Of Maxim Enterprises - (U.S.A.)

I love it when people respond with all the wrong information. I have no idea who Kevin Maxim is. Please inform me, Mr. Nameless.

This is America, land of the SUE HAPPY NATION. Just because you're sued, doesn't mean you have done anything wrong.

As far as payment, when the banks pay us, we pay the contractors. Maybe you haven't noticed, Mr Nameless that there's a problem right now with the banks and mortgage companies. The American Public has had to bail them out, but guess where all the money is going? IT'S NOT TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED FOR THEM!!!!!!

WE never BEGGED people to work for us, they came to us for the jobs. And why is it we still have people calling us daily asking if they can work for us? I guess when you're just making $7 bucks and hour, and have nothing to your name but debts; and then can go to half a million a year, your life can be ruined. Your right on that Mr. Nameless.

We ruined them by giving them an income so they could buy $300,000 homes, a new Hummer every year, Plasma TV"S, vacations 3-4 times a year, jet skis, new boats, whatever the American Dream was for them.

We also told contractors to save for a rainy day, that the INDUSTRY would change, and to treat this as a business, not a CASH COW THAT WILL GO ON FOREVER.

Not one contractor has called me or written to me to say I have ruined them. Also you state Mr. Nameless that these people are ruined. Ruined as to how? Are they living on the street? They have no money? No Hummers? As far as I know they have been able to start their own businesses, or have other jobs . If they had no money, how could they have done this?

So will this Saga continue with NAMELESS IGNORANT INDIVIDUALS; who are ill-informed, and who can't HANDLE THE TRUTH, OR WHO DON'T KNOW THE TRUTH, BUT THEY THINK THEY DO????

If you're a contractor who wrote this, why don't you have the valor, honor, or the moral character to sign your name? Is it because you might get sued? Then I can put anything I want on Consumer Ripoff about you, and people will think it's the TRUTH?

As you see, I will sign my name, and not HIDE!!!!!!

Cindy Maxim
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#30 Consumer Suggestion

I agree with Former Maxim Employee

AUTHOR: Just Looking - (U.S.A.)

I'm not sure who's side Cindy Maxim is on. She obviously does not appreciate an unsigned complaint.

She does not mention Kevin Maxim even though he states he parted ways with his brother Steve.

Who is Cindy Maxim's husband? (May he RIP) Another brother?

I'm so confused.

Either way if contractors are not getting paid then this company should be reported as a rip off.
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#31 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Deny All You Can

AUTHOR: Former Maxim Employee - (U.S.A.)

As an ex-employee, the comments made by MaximSucks are in the process of coming to light. Is the company not being sued by former contractors due to no payment? Have other employees not been fired for knowing too much? If MaximSucks has let their imagination get away with them... then why has this happened to so many other Maxim employees? There are contractors that have been run into the ground because of Maxim's no payments.

I'm not here to say who is right or wrong... but I do feel that the post by Mrs. Cindy Maxim was a sickening portrayl of the company. Someone who acts juvenile like that seriously owns a company? I guess that's what kind of world we live in. Proves you don't need good relations or an education to make it big! And Mr. ASSumption's education is questioned?

Thanks for the laughs.
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#32 REBUTTAL Owner of company

There's 3 sides to every story

AUTHOR: Cindy Maxim,co-founder Of Maxim Enterprises - (U.S.A.)

There are 3 sides to every story. Yours, theirs, and THE TRUTH!!!Well, Im here to give you the truth on Maxim Enterprises and BargainLocks.

First of all anyone can say anything they want on the internet. How can anyone tell it's the TRUTH?
Whoever wrote the article about us, has no balls, guts or integrity!!!! This person won't even sign their moniker. To me that's the act of a coward. Since I didn't get your name, I will address you as Mr. ASSumption.
1. Get your facts straight, Mr. ASSumption. Steve Maxim WAS NOT up for the INC. 500 this year. That was 3 years ago.

2. If you look at the Stark County Auditors website for January 2008, you will see his house is only listed for $250,000. Not the over $400,000 as stated. Maybe your confusing your house with his, perhaps?

3. Once again, Mr. ASSumption, BargainLocks wasn't started with any of your money, nor by Steve Maxim, it was started by my husband as he lie dying at the Cleveland Clinic with Leukemia.That was in 2000. I helped fund BargainLocks by working 2 jobs after my husband died in 2001, and it wasn't with Maxim or BargainLocks.

4. If Steve ripped off all the money as you say, how were you Mr. ASSumption, with only a high school diploma and deeply in debt, make your millions? Who has a Hummer, vacations 2-4 times a year in exotic places, buy a new house, and just buy whatever their heart desires?

5. How is it you are able Mr. ASSumption to pick-up here in Ohio and go to Florida to start your own business, if you have no money? You have also started a lock business as well. Did you sell your house here, to start-up your new venture? Or did you just buy or rent another one? In this economy, if you have 2 houses, you must be doing well, Mr. ASSumption.

6. So, Mr. ASSumption, get your facts straight before you write or say anything about Maxim Enterprises and BargainLocks. We have not stolen or taken any of your money for our own personal use. If we have your money as you say, then why is it I'm still here in Ohio and working? I should be the one in Florida, since I'm the senior citizen!!! I should be basking in the warmth of the sun and your money, not the other way around.

As they say IMITATION is the sincerest form of FLATTERY, since you are doing exactly what we have been doing for 12 years.
So Mr. ASSumption, will we hear from you again with all the wrong facts and not signing your name, since you have NO BALLS to use it? Or is it because your ASShamed of it?
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#33 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Let the truth be told

AUTHOR: Keith Maxim - (U.S.A.)

My name is Keith Maxim. I have read the rip off report and have found the accusations uncalled for and not true. I parted business ways with my brother Steve Maxim in Nov. of 2007 and started new companies. I have no knowledge if Maxim Enterprise owes contractors or not. I have never been sued by a contractor who used to work for me while I was at Maxim Enterprise. I have never breached any fiduciary duties while president of Maxim Enterprise, nor did I use contractors money to create my new endeavors.
I have not been a part of Maxim Enterprise or Bargain Locks since Nov 2007. I did create Maxim Locks in Feb of 2008. I respectfully request the author of this post to post proof of any allegations toward me or rescind his comments personally toward me.

Respectfully,

Keith Maxim
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