I was contacted by primerica through monster.com by a woman named cate hesser.
[[Dear Sir or Madam,
I am contacting you regarding your Confidential resume you have posted on Monster.Com. My name is Cate Hesser and I am a District Leader with Primerica, a division of Citigroup, the largest financial services company
in the world.
We are aggressively expanding offices in the Twin Cities area and are looking for motivated individuals to be considered for these opportunities.
We are not necessarily looking for someone with a background in the financial services industry, just good people we can train into leadership positions. We have seen information in your resume that leads us to
conclude that you have the skills and experience that would benefit our company. I definitely would like to talk to you about opportunities with us.]]
I callered her more out of curiosity than anything, only to get her voice mail. She didn't return my call that day so, later that evening I e-mailed her. She called me the next day and gave me a little info, Citygroup/Travelers/Primerica/BIG/REALLY BIG/datta/datta/datta.
I asked her what it was on my resume that she saw that was so appealing. She stumbled a little and said, "your resume is listed as confidential so I don't know which one is yours".I'm not sure if it works that way, but if so, wouldn't that be about the time a "headhunter" would be wanting a copy of your resume?
Was it my strong technical skills in the areas of electronics and mechanics? or perhaps my hvac experience? Was it my description of myself as an honest, self motivated, hard working person? OR WAS I A NAME PULLED OUT OF A HAT!?!
I went to the overview and I must say I was dumbfounded as to why this "trillion dollar" company herds thirty people into a room to sell them on the idea that this place is the best thing since "sliced bread." After all, we're here aren't we? Why can't they cut to the chase and tell you that the real reasons you are there are as follows (in my opinion, through obsevation).
1)Sandy Weill desperatly needs your 200 bucks. (although my expertise is in the technical field, I do also have a fairly strong background in statistics and would gladly draw a bell curve showing how much of that $200 goes straight up without ever going to liscensing or background checks.ie...people who back out without putting up much of a stink as for a refund).
2)If you do happen to stick it out, "saddle-up", someone's riding you up to the next level. Fair enough you say "you've got to start somewhere, right?" wrong, grab a saddle for your friends and family. You see it's a well known fact that a salesmans first few sales are directed to friends and family.
3)When you run out of friends and family, guess what? You can than scrape-up a fresh batch of innocent cattle from respectable sources such as "monster" or "hotjobs" to name only a couple.
Anyway I must admit that I'm a little slow at times.I went to the "orientation" the next day. Perhaps gullability is the price you have to pay to be honest and trustworthy. Or maybe I just wasn't thinking clearly. Many "flags" were raised at the orientation. Such as,people who make six figure incomes generally don't reveal how much they make so easily. A "three step interview process" is designed to "weed out" undesired candidates.(the weeding out doesn't seem to occur untill after the "$200". Their general business practice of "helping people" by selling them their services smell very strongly of "conflict of interest".
After the orientation we were asked to schedule our 3rd interview, I don't recall the first or second. I caught a quick glimpse of the schedule sheet and saw openings monday, wendesday and friday. I asked for friday(hoping by then I might round up 200 bucks, a lotta dough for a father of five with a house pmnt, car loan and credit cards charged to the hilt, they should know these things, they're the financial geniuses, right?) and she said, "can you come any sooner"?(?) So I made an appointment for wendesday morning.
After getting home I really didn't have a good feeling about the whole ordeal, so, I talked to my dad and explained the whole thing to him. He didn't seem to impressed. But then again, he's one of those "idiots" that worked for a living according to primerica.
So, I started surfing and it didn't take long to "smell rat". I came across this site, which by the way truely is the best thing since "sliced bread" and decided that it is my civil duty to warn others. My conscience will not allow me to just walk away with my tail between my legs without first letting others know that this is just a waste of time. Time that is very precious to those who have families. Time that is very precious to those who are seeking employment.
For me it meant driving one way 1 hour and 15 minutes for a total of five hours travel (2 trips), plus three and a half hours sitting and listening to a bunch of bull. THAT'S EIGHT AND A HALF HOURS!!!
I'm self employed as an automechanic and when I'm not fixing a car for free, for someone who has less than me, I charge $50.00 per hour. As far as I'm conscerned Primerica swindled me out of $425 of my time. Like I had previously mentioned, I have a wife and five children to support and $200 dollars is a lot of money to me, much less $425.
One final thought of mine is this. Sandy Weill is a man I had never heard of before last friday so I cannot really offer a very good charactor reference, but riddle me this? Why does mans smile border on hysterical laughter? Is it because he is sitting on top of a trillion dollar pyramid? Certainly he must know about the questionable business practices of the businesses under his control. Oh well, it doesn't really surprise me in this day and age.(ENROM/WORLD COM/ AOL TIME WARNER) I guess maybe some of the cleanest looking people are really the dirtiest.
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