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Complaint Review: Professional Specialty Publications

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  • Submitted: Tue, April 16, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, April 16, 2013

  • Reported By: FlamesnationNP — Woodstock Georgia
Professional Specialty Publications
Charlotte, North Carolina United States of America

Professional Specialty Publications Professional Sports Publications, Professional Sport Publications Lies Charlotte, North Carolina

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Former Employee

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I got in touch with PSP in March 2012, which was just before I graduated college. I was called in for an interview in late March, and offered the position two days later. I thought, "This is great! I've got a job lined out coming out of college that pays well and pays for benefits. Not many people can say this!!" I fell for it. I walked in to start training two days after I graduated ready to take over the world. Only problem was the training was to read a scripted story to a small business owner "decision maker" about opportunities to "purchase advertising space".

We were given tips and techniques on how to sell the product. The "product" was advertising space that actually may not be in existence. The script went something like this... "Hi my name is ________ from the University of Notre Dame Athletic department....." even though I'm sitting behind an open floor desk in Charlotte. They continued to explain to us how to "fib" in order to speak with the "decision makers/business owners". I have a huge problem with that. 

The work environment is terrible. Approximately 25 individuals making hundreds of cold calls a day selling a lie. The worst part was not in what the company "offered", but in how they acquire information. I received a phone call on my personal cell phone in the parking lot of the complex during my lunch break from another company wanting to set up an interview with me just one day after I started working for PSP. There is no harm in receiving those phone calls, and this type of situation is quite common when job searching. Since I did not feel 100% comfortable with the dishonest practices of PSP, I set up a time to interview AFTER office hours with the company that called me.

The NEXT day I was pulled into the office after lunch by the manager - Jack Thompson - and he began asking me why I am searching employment and sending resumes out. He drilled me about not wanting to work there and if I was serious about this opportunity. I didn't know what to say because I didn't know how he even knew there was another possibility out there. This led me to some digging... after I resigned of course. There was no one in the parking lot with me when I fielded that call. There was no one around to listen. And PSP is on the 8th floor... So there is no way anyone could have heard my conversation. 

My conclusion is either PSP has a listening device that they can listen in on phone conversations within a certain diameter of their office, or they got access to my personal e-mail where I received an e-mail from the company wanting to interview me. I don't know how they did it, but they did and I called them out on it. Jack didn't respond well to that though.

After two weeks I called in to PSP every day to see when my paycheck would be coming in see when I could expect it. I only ever got Jack's voicemail, so I left him about 4-5 vm's throughout the week. I finally called and left the last vm telling him I could come in to PSP to pick up my check if they needed me to. Well that got his attention, so he called me and said that won't be necessary. Two and a half weeks later, I received my check. I know I am lucky for this, because I have read and seen on youtube how people have not gotten their checks from PSP. 

Save yourself the trouble. DO NOT look into a job with PSP. Do your research. It's a dead end job with a dishonest company with dishonest practices. 

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/16/2013 01:10 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Professional-Specialty-Publications/Charlotte-North-Carolina-/Professional-Specialty-Publications-Professional-Sports-Publications-Professional-Sport-P-1043727. 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 UPDATE EX-employee responds

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AUTHOR: Justin R - ()

I replied to the other posting from 2012, and wanted to paste my reply here as well so that people can get another perspective on this company because it did open doors for me in my Sales Career.

Hello,

I actually worked for PSP National's Clearwater FL office for 11 months. Yes, the turnover rate is high, but only if you are not producing.

We were tasked with selling advertising in Event Programs. For example: PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, NBA Finals, MLB Home Run Derby, World Series, Stanley Cup, and the Superbowl just to name a few. Ad packages varied in price, but generally cost between $12,000 (PGA events) and $98,000 (Superbowl). Pricing was actually negotiable and decreased as we got closer to the publication deadline. These packages included at least 2 tickets to the event in conjunction with the Advertising sold as well.

When I accepted employment I started with a $400 a week draw. Commission was paid out at 20% of the total package sold. I made 40+ phone calls per day. After 6 months of employment, I had sold several ad packages to PETA, Unilever's Degree Deodorant, and Century 21 to name a few. With these sales, I was paid commissions above and beyond my draw. At that time, I asked for a higher weekly draw, and was increased to $700 per week based on my success up to that point.

I sold a few more Ad packages the next few months but was operating in the red against my draw. After 4 months of not producing a positive Sales Net I was terminated. I was upset at the time, because I was positioned to close a few sales in the coming weeks but looking back I know that from a business perspective it was the correct move.

One of my fellow employees landed a large account that ended up doing over $1million in ad spend to almost every publication we offered. He was paid the 20%, but couldn't sell wrench to a plumber and was fired 6 months later from lack of productivity.

Moral of this story: The company is very cut and dry... If you perform, you stay and you make good money. If you don't perform, you get kicked to the curb. It definitely takes a saavy sales person and may not be the right fit for everyone.

If you are looking for your first job in sales, additional experience on your resume, or have that Hunter mentality than this is a great opportunity for you.

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