I was also a "target" of the Primerica insurance agent recruiting efforts. At the end of the day, it is an insurance agent, regardless of what any brainwashed Primerica reps tell you. My father works for Prudential and alerted me to their tactics prior to going on my first "interview for a management position in which I would help Primerica open offices in Chicago, and train many people." They thought that based on my resume, I might be a great candidate. Positions avaiable were up to $100,000 a year - which I was led to believe were salaried positions. Nothing was said about commissions. I asked what the salary was - he stated up to $100,000 a year.
I also read the rip-off report about an hour prior to driving out to Oak Brook from downtown at 7PM on a Monday Night, and I left them a message stating I would not attend. (this report saved me alot of time and frustration).
I was a management consultant who had trained CEOs of Fortune 500 companies on executive communications and negotiations. I was also the Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of a software Company for 2 years. How did I fit their profile for an entry-level insurance agent? First of all, their resume screening process is horrible.
Yet, more importantly was the way they enticed me to come to one of their "interviews". I feel like I'm a pretty bright guy, and this guy "sold" me that they received my resume from a web site or a recruiter, and were really impressed with my management and training experience. He really stressed they were looking for "upper level management" at Primerica, and were interested in people who could help open up offices. At this point I had my resume out to a few executive recruiters attempting to place me as Vice-Presidents at 2-3 companies, so I figured he got my resume from one of these recruiters and sold me on "the management angle". I was gullable, because it was believeable, I was interviewing for management positions all the time.
Its hard to believe, at the end of the day, I was going to sit in a room with a few other unlucky bastards as we sat and listened to a sales pitch my own father has given me since I left high school.
I know that the language they used was precise and they were probably very careful that they wouldn't be held liable for deceptive business practices. Their lawyers probably gave them a script, and said, technically "you are not lying outright". But all in all, its a pretty unethical way to attract recruits. What a desperate measure. I would never buy another product or service from Primerica / Citigroup, etc. ever again, and would encourage others to do the same. Avoid these guys at all costs. Unprofessional and unethical come to mind. If you dont mind working an environment that is unethical and unprofessional, than I would encourage you to call Primerica immediately.