ED Magedson – Founder
"S.M.G." SMG Marketing1045 N. Armando, Unit G, Anaheim CA 92806 Anaheim, California United States of America
I answered an ad on Craig's list by calling the office. I was immediately added to their interviews and was very skeptical. I came in to an interview in which they had two people at a time. "Curtis Culpeppper" had 2 posters on his wall. Some old faded cheap poster of Blumenfeld and also a Dodge Muscle Car calendar. The interview was short and had close to zero actual subject matter. He also answered 2 phone calls during the interview (seemed unprofessional) and also said "s**t I'm popular today." His assistant "Amanda Capirchio" is very loud and energetic, seemingly fake. Kerry Brunson was mentioned as the Divisional manager...interesting it wasn't regional. I was excited to make the second round interviews....which turned out to be taking notes in a room of about 40 people. The notes primarily focused on money rather than actual skills or what you would be doing. You are told you will be paid by "transactions" rather than daily, hourly or by selling the product. We came to learn during our first day of training that the product is designer perfume knock-offs. to answer any questions regarding family/friends discounts. He made sure to indicate that you do not have to spend money to work at this organization but never really gets into how you will be trained. the Training is said to be 60-90 days at the end of which Leases can be negotiated depending on where you would like to have your own office located. Supposedly, they will get you an apartment, set you up and help you re-locate at your decision. He takes time to ensure you will not be required to. The "dress code" is mentioned as a smile and notebook. Business casual is apparently jeans and polo's....flip flops etc. as many of the other "recruits" had rather low levels of business grade attire.
We were given a sheet today which had the Fax number mistyped, whiteout with a letter written over it and we were told we could sell the merchandise at a discounted price of "$19.95" instead of "$30.00" If you type the product line name of "Observe'L'essence" which means know your scent in french into a search engine, you will find it at the same price with free S/H from multiple merchants online. The product lien is just cheap knock off perfumes. Curtis and Amanda Will try to convince you that the retail bottles are all mark up and that they are exactly the same....The handout for the contest is very low-budget print. I scratched off some of the Whiteout to find "O.C." under the "S" which was written on the whiteout. That was also the logo written on the offices glass where they are located. The office is plain white and has slightly higher than Ikea quality furniture. You can tell no significant amount of money has been invested in the office despite them acting like the fiber board being nailed to the wall (which they said was sound board). I will be including scans of the sheet as well as a completed typed copy of my notes so that you can identify exactly what I saw, was taught and learned.
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