Here is my long but truthful story about RTR Management, aka: Scentura Creations:
I recently moved to CT from Vermont 2 weeks ago. Life down here is incredibly different. After sending my resume to MANY places, I never got a call back. I saw this add in the paper for a receptionist needed immediately for busy office, so I called on it. I was asked to come in for an interview.
I went into the office the next day, the music was BLARING, there were about 8-10 other people my age there waiting to be interviewed. We waited for a long time, then we were called in 2-3 people at a time. I sat there with 2 other women, the one to my right had 22 years experience in the business field. The woman interviewing us, Sharease, acted like a crack addict - a smile PLASTERED on her face the entire time, trying to make the company sound great and fun to work for. She asked each of us if we were "happy or married" and "do you have any children?" (Both questions are completely illegal to ask during an interview). That interview was a joke. They had no way of telling who really qualified for the position. Not only that, but I had applied for a receptionist position and they were telling me I seemed like 'management material'. I was to wait for a call back for a second interview.
That night I got the call and I got the second interview! I was totally excited and couldn't believe it. The next day, I show up, music blaring again, and waited forever with about 20 other young people. To my astonishment, the woman with 22 years experience wasn't there! So finally, the manager (Sharease) pulled all of us into the meeting room, told us that the "Regional Manager" (Brian Page) was coming in to do this interview (which wasn't an interview AT ALL) and that he liked 2 words: s**t and GREAT. Brian Page came in. There were 26 of us remaining from the supposed "296 applicants". Honestly, it felt good to be one of those 26, I felt pretty special to still be there.
After this 3 hour 2nd interview, Brian and Sharease were pulling people out of the room to tell us if we got the job or not. I was pulled by Sharease with another applicant, Melissa. She told us we had both gotten the job!!! I was so happy I almost cried! So I got in my car and felt completely elated, speeding to go see my mother-in-law at work to tell her the fantastic news! It was honestly one of the most happiest days of my life. They told us to come back on Monday for training, which would last 8-12 weeks and then we would get the keys to our very own office.
When I went in on Monday, everything seemed okay. Again, the music was blasting in the waiting room, and in the meeting room. We waited in the meeting room for about 15-20 minutes. Sharease and Brian gave a 4 hours speech about the company, didn't give us a single break (I'm a smoker), so we were all sitting there on folding chairs, my a*s was KILLING me, etc. Brian claimed that most of us would probably not be returning, that we would "blow out" and that's okay because those people are weak anyway, and that's not who he wants to work for his company. (Little did I know, those people who "blew out" weren't weak at all, they were SMART and had caught on to the scam).
At the end of the day, Brian said there was this biiig contest going on for all the new people for that night. Whoever sold the most bottles of perfume to friends and family and relatives (FAFAR is what they call it), would win $500 cash the next morning. I went home feeling like s**t because I don't have any friends or family down here, I just moved here! So I was begging my other half to help me out since this is his hometown! He didn't know what to do... didn't want to help at all... (later I found out he already KNEW it was a scam but didn't want to hurt my feelings by telling me).
So I went into the office the next morning "knowing" somebody got that $500 and knew I was about to be jealous. What they failed to mention the day before was that we had to get our group total of bottles (105 bottles) and THEN the top seller would get the $500. What bullshit. The entire group did 4 BOTTLES. I didn't feel like such an a*s anymore.
The trainers came in and wrote on the board questions, at the top it said "Ice Breakers". I don't know about anyone else, but I have a HUGE problem standing up in front of a group speeking. Nonetheless, I get up and answer their stupid questions. Can you BELIEVE one of the questions you were REQUIRED to answer was: "What was your most embarassing moment during sex?" I couldn't believe I had to tell that s**t to 10 other people. We did another meeting that morning for 3 hours or so, then they told us we were to go "into the field and drop some bottles" with our trainers. WHAT FUN... We're supposed to be management in training and you got us looking like fools in streets, parking lots, shopping centers, plazas, etc.. trying to sell your knock off perfume? My trainer had us going everywhere bugging everyone. "Hey let me ask you a quick question, what's your favorite kind of perfume/cologne?" It was a skit, pretty much... everything scripted, an answer for anything. We were supposed to approach these people and spray their wrists before they even got a chance to say no!
We did this for 5 hours that day, went back to the office, I had sold nothing. My trainer gave me 1 of his sales so I wasn't the only one who didn't sell anything.
*Keep in mind, from day 1, they begin to COMPLETELY brainwash you, from the loud music, to the screaming and yelling and dances and cheers and "Beeee Motivated" and "Have a good attitude".. etc. They have all this little rules: When you walk through the door in the morning, you are required to SCREAM "GOOOOD MORNING", and if you don't, someone will walk you out and you do it again til you get it right. Another one is when 1 of us went up to do ice breakers, everyone else had to say "HIIII AMY" (Waving their arm from left to right, then clap, and throw your hands to one side saying "woooo". This company is almost identical to a cult. It's amazing how brainwashed I was. I'm a shy girl, quiet, and I fell for this s**t HARD. Oh and if you didn't do these little cheers/songs with the group, even if you forget the cheer or something, they MAKE YOU STAND IN FRONT OF THE ROOM FACING THE GROUP AND MAKE YOU DO IT BY YOURSELF!
Still, I hung in there because that's what Brian said to do - to not be weak. And yet there was another contest, that I couldn't win, going on that night as well.
To cut to the chase a bit, this happened for four days. Thursday night I went out with my mother-in-law to have a drink and she mentioned that my new job was scam. She felt like s**t telling me and I felt like a d**n fool, I was so heart-broken. I started to walk out of the bar, her and her friend came after me and explained exactly how it was a scam. I felt sooo bad because I had made my fiance stay home from his job because we didn't have daycare yet. After hearing what they had to say about it being a scam, I went home and just cried. I looked up Scentura Creations online and couldn't believe everything I found. Every story, IDENTICAL to mine. They prey on the weak, young, and naive.
At first I was hurt, then I became enraged and decided to do something about it. I have been looking up all the horror stories on this company from ex-employees, FBI reports, IRS reports, News reports, a Dateline special on this company, anything I can find and I'm bringing the information to the others in the group, and anyone else there going in for an interview. I have e-mailed the local news reporter, and the CT Post (local newspaper) and soon to call the police and state's attorney. I even went as far as finding Brian Page on myspace.com and e mailing him letting him know I knew all about the scam. This is his myspace address: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=79226256
And here is the e mail I send to him:
You must enjoy scamming young people, if that's what you've been doing with your life for the last 13 years. It's pretty sad what you put people through, giving them false hopes, making them feel like their dreams could come true. The people who drop out of your little training program aren't WEAK, they're SMART, they've figured you out. It's pretty f***ing sick what you and hundreds of other people do on a daily basis. Your whole company is being investigated.. it has been for years. Aside from being completely immoral, the company will shut down eventually.
You may want to check out some interesting s**t I found:
These are just a FEW that I have read. There are THOUSANDS of people who have written about their experiences with your company. Everything you have said has been scripted and you're GOOD at what you do. Of course, you've HAD 13 years to practice. Everyone's experience is the same, no matter what office they apply at. People will find out you are fake, if I have to stand outside and warn them before they go into your office. You might want to think about moving. AGAIN.
AND HERE IS THE E MAIL HE SENT BACK TO ME!
YOU ARE A FAT, UGLY, DICUSTING PIECE OF s**t.!!!!! YOU CANT EVEN LOOK AT ME IN THE EYES WHEN I SPEAK TO YOU!!! YOU ARE WEAK!! YOU DIDNT EVEN HAVE THE BALLS TO CALL ME OR SEE ME FACE TO FACE WHEN YOU DECIDED TO GIVE UP ON YOURSELF!!!! most overweight people do not have much self discipline, self esteem, or self confidence. you obviously fit into that catagory. Im actually glad that youre gone.you made no money for youself or the company. you were better off leaving. im sure you'll find what you are looking for elsewhere good luck in life. if you need a bottle, stop by ill hook you up for just $20.00
p.s. Just incase you didnt know, the internet is not governed...... people can say anything they want about anyone else. please don't believe everything that you read. just because its in writting, or its on the internet doesnt necessarily mean its true.Scentura Creations has been in business for 31 years... a legal, MORAL, biz......... The co has givin me everything that they have ever promised to me.... i dont feel "scammed" in anyway.
fellfree to check out the real wesite and positive feedback from people that successfully completed the program @ www.scenturacreations.com
Does this sound like a "Regional Manager" to you" This whole situation is just unbelieveable. I'm so glad I read all of your stories, I just hope others do the same.
FACTS: You're name is automatically red-flagged with the IRS once you're with Scentura.
The FBI and IRS have been investigating this company for YEARS.
U.S.A. sorry, allowing you to give a competitors name would instigate others to just file against their competition, to only come back later to suggest their company your comments on this policy are welcome! CLICK here to see why Rip-off Report, as a matter of policy, deleted either a phone number, link or e-mail address from this Report. Click here to read other Rip Off Reports on Scentura Creations