• Report: #408487

Complaint Review: Saratoga Designs

  • Submitted: Mon, January 05, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, July 13, 2011

  • Reported By:Hillsborough California
Saratoga Designs
25 Olympia Ave., Suite N Boston, Massachusetts 01801 Woburn, Massachusetts U.S.A.

Saratoga Designs Tax Fraud and Rapist Woburn Massachusetts

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: complete garbage

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Keep Trying

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Former Employee of Greg Coye

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Greg Coyes Official Response

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Saratoga Designs Helped Me Help Myself

*UPDATE Employee: Greg Coye - A Great Individual!

*Consumer Comment: another disgruntled employee

*UPDATE Employee: Consider the source

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: The truth

*UPDATE Employee: Shocked

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The owner of Saratoga Designs, Greg Coye. Is a total fraud of a person. He does not pay sales tax on the sales that his company collects from retail door to door sales, from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and down to Philadelphia. He runs a crew of sales people that sell framed artwork out of the back of their cars and runs them on sales trips all over the New England sea board. They sell about 1500 pieces of art on a monthly basis and don't pay any taxes on it what so ever! He has been opperating his buisness for about 10 to 11 years. I wonder how many millions of dollars he has made, and how much in taxes he has evaded??? !!!

On one occasion he was on a company trip about 7 years ago in Italy and along with at least one other manager ( Dan Luke ) Raped another Branch Manager that was blacked out from drinking to much. The girl talked to her manager about it, and the company swept it under the rug, and paid for the girls therapy for over a year. To avoid a scandal! What kind of company is this. Sounds like organized crime if you ask me. The girl is finally going to press charges against them, however is having a difficult time finding Dan Luke in order to supoena him. On top of all of this Greg Coye is constantly hooking up with the sales girls in his office and sleeping with them simultaneosly. He must not be very good in bed or he would have been able to keep them from quitting.

Hillsborough, California

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

complete garbage

AUTHOR: joel-inscribe - (United States of America)

im responding to the report filed by the gentlemen-iusethat term loosely-i have known greg for about five years now and have become freinds with him and alot of his employees-im very sad for the person who feels the need to be so bitter of a person to throw such slander around about such a good person-what im getting from the report is a very vengful person ive worked right next door to saratoga designs for a while and have gotten to know greg and some of his employees and anything that been said about greg and his company and buisness practices are completely garbage-as far as the allegations of sexual misconduct on gregs part- absolutely ridiculous greg is a good freind and speaking to alot of his employees a great boss who puts the welfare of his employees before his own needs-so to the person in california grow up and stop being so vengful to someone who is good for the buisness and social community of woburn    thank you joel kennedy
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Keep Trying

AUTHOR: Dave - (U.S.A.)

With all of these rebutals, it really doesn't surprise me at all. Rally the troops to defend gregs so called honor. Not once was it denied that he pays his taxes, and not once did he say he had nothing to do with the situation in Italy. Sounds like a politician. Yes greg is a fun, outgoing, charismatic, kinda like the pied piper of guys. A mans man. Yet all of the accusations still stand!

He is the kind of guy that if you are in his good graces your fine. If you go contrary to what he thinks or does then you are nothing.

Second chances are there however, just like he said. He even hires child molesters! Not ever telling any of us that were on his sales crew. Makes me wonder, if he would sink that low to give a second chance, then what other kind of individuals has he had working there? What does that say about me? Here is what it tells me about myself... that it was a fun little trip. The truth of the matter is, is that it wasn't a job, it was more like a program to trap you into a group of people to use you as much as possible. To squeeze out as much as they can while they can. It's supposed to be an opportunity for advancement and promotion. Yet he hasn't promoted anyone to open their own office in about ten years. Maybe because all he does is drink, smoke weed and do coke, with his people. Then maybe it has to do with the fact that he ends up sleeping with half his people on his crew. Just saying maybe.

Great guy? Maybe a couple of things on his good side, but you have to sober up to see the truth.
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Former Employee of Greg Coye

AUTHOR: A.m. - (U.S.A.)

To whom it may concern:

Although I have not discussed the allegations contained in this report with Greg Coye, these comments strike me as bitter unsubstantiated comments from a disgruntled employee who failed to make it in Greg's business. It is disapointing to me that any disgruntled employee can file such a vicious a report without any evidence or factual information to back up their claims. No matter how many positive rebuttals are written on Greg's behalf, this report will harm Greg and his business when any prospective employee, vendor, commercial landlord or business associate reads this report. All I can offer in Greg's defense is to write about my own experiences with Greg Coye and Saratoga Designs.

I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience working with Greg and Saratoga Designs. I received everything that I was promised by Greg Coye and his parent company during my employment, including: advancement, promotions, travel, financial independence, and the opportunity to run and profit from my own business. Additionally, and more importantly, Greg acted as a friend and a mentor whose influence and positive mentality have remained with me since I moved on from the company in 2003. I consider my time working at Saratoga Designs one of most important experiences in my life.

When I initially sat down to interview with Greg, he explained that his business is a sales based business and it is not for everyone. Not everyone has the mental or testicular fortidude to make it in sales. Later, when I was promoted within the company and ran my own business, I found myself saying the same thing while interviewing prospective employees. I have a feeling that the person who filed this report is one of those people who did not make it and is lashing out at others anonymously on the internet instead of worrying about their own future.

As for my future, I have gone on from Saratoga Designs to make my way through law school without taking any student loans. For three years I took night classes while working a full-time job during the day. I have passed the bar exam and currently practice law in Massachusetts. Many times, when the stresses and pressures of law school seemed overwhelming, I was able to rely on lessons I learned while working for Greg. To this day, I continue to utilize the positive mentality that I developed working for Saratoga Designs. I credit Greg for teaching me how to have a great attitude and how to thrive during life's most difficult challenges.

Although I am not comfortable listing my phone number on the internet, I hope that Greg will recognize who is writing this rebuttal and offer my name and phone number as a reference for anyone who has read this report and would like to speak with me directly.

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#4 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Greg Coyes Official Response

AUTHOR: Greg - (U.S.A.)

I was just made aware of the existence of this website and it's
practices recently from a very close friend who informed me of the
libelous words that have been printed in attack against myself and my
livelihood. I have been a hard working and productive member of the
workforce here in Woburn for about 10 years. In that time, I've trained
and worked with hundreds of individuals seeking to learn a skill and
trade that could better their potential to earn an above average income
and in turn improve their way of life. I've been guilty in the past of
taking on certain people that other companies refuse to consider,
discarded, or closed the door to due to lack of experience or education.
Unfortunately, this has left me vulnerable to foolish attacks such as
these. I've taken the time to read some of the postings listed and was
happy to see that just about every report has been positive. However,
without proper investigation or evidence to back up any report placed
here, even the positive ones, means that every posting here is no more
that hearsay and in most cases libelous attacks on honest people who are
now susceptible to malicious aggression conducted by disgruntled
customers or ex business associates. My company specializes in training independent contractors in business management, administration, sales, and presentations. Any individual who takes on this training must complete an interview
process that involves an observation day, meaning absolutely everyone
knows what they are embarking on and have the freedom to pursue our
training or move on to other business ventures. I happen to be a no
nonsense business owner who demands a great attitude daily, therefore
I am apt to be very honest and straight forward with those I've taken
on when the daily excuses or complaints come to the table. Often
times, my brutal honesty and challenging approach to management has
been misinterpreted by the less mature of the workforce I have chosen
to give an opportunity to. Unfortunately, this website has given these individuals a platform to mudsling. I'm appalled to see that this site allowed someone to
print the utter nonsense they have regarding my business, co-workers,
and myself without any investigation or demand for proof. These
posts are not only grammatically incorrect in their spelling and
structure but are riddled with false, heinous and fabricated
information and posted under fake names. I was taught to judge
things for myself using my own knowledge and observation and only
then, to make a fair assessment of the facts. I suggest anyone
curious about me or my organization do the same. Whether you are a
potential applicant, customer, or curious consumer, you are more than
welcome to come to my office and meet me for yourself. I've been
nothing but a positive influence on all that I encounter, which includes
the young immature individuals who failed here and are now attacking
my livelihood through these posts. I challenge all of you to step
out of the shadows, have the courage to come forward publicly rather
than hide behind the protection of this site and prove any of
your foul statements to be true. In the mean time I will continue to
be an open hand for those in these tough economic times who need some
hope, a chance, or an opportunity to pursue a better life.

Greg Coye
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#5 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Saratoga Designs Helped Me Help Myself

AUTHOR: Chill - (U.S.A.)

It was a very difficult time in my life when I responded to a help wanted add for Saratoga Designs. I was going through a very brutal divorce and had only been in MA for a few weeks. Apon meeting Greg Coye at my interveiw I immeadiatly noticed something very special. I had no prior sales experience and no references to give, but Greg gave me a shot. I had my ups and downs with my sales and Greg took it apon himself to train me personally. He was not only the type of employer that would go out of his way to help an employee, he was also a friend. A friend that I desperately needed at that time of my life. Through Greg and everyone at Saratoga Designs I became a better person. I have since moved on from Saratoga Design but I take with me a very positive outlook from my whole experience with this company. Greg and I remain friends to this day. He always has and always will be someone I can rely on, and someone who I have the most respect for as a human being. I would reccomend Saratoga Designs to anyone who seeks a positive and life changing experience as an employee. I reccomend their art based merchandise as well. Chill manns choice, Pennsylvania
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#6 UPDATE Employee

Greg Coye - A Great Individual!

AUTHOR: Lisa - (U.S.A.)

I'm a graphic designer and have worked with Greg Coye on a professional level for about 5 years. He's an incredibly talented individual, with an infectious personality who's hilarious and fun to be around. Seriously do a youtube search for Greg Coye Saratoga Designs I mean, who WOULDN'T want to work with this guy?! He runs a successful business, and should be commended for what he does. In a time where people are loosing their jobs left and right, he's teaching people how to be successful, and make money, for themselves.
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another disgruntled employee

AUTHOR: Caryn - (U.S.A.)

Imagine a place where a disgruntled employee with revenge on his mind could vent freely whether he shouts the truth or false accusations! This is not a very positive way to live. I lived with Greg for about a year. I was his roommate when Greg first started selling art for Dan in Salt Lake City. Greg started from the very bottom and has worked his way up through dedication and perseverance. His positive attitude and enthusiastic demeanor is a part of who Greg is. As long as I have known Greg he has been the type of person who goes out of his way to help others. He was always bringing people to our apartment from work that had been displaced or kicked out of their living space for different reasons. I even remember when he befriended a co-worker who was dealing with extreme bulimia and selflessly tried to help her as much as he could. Once you become Greg's friend you become part of his family. It seems that Dave was not in the correct form of employment. I believe you work hard to play hard. Apparently, Dave could not handle either.
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#8 UPDATE Employee

Consider the source

AUTHOR: K.c. - (U.S.A.)

First I must say that I find this website very troubling. The fact that anyone can post slanderous nonsense without any firsthand information is absurd. That being said, I feel I must speak up for a lifelong friend. Any reasonable person can clearly see that those who have attacked Greg and his business lack the maturity to be taken seriously. Greg also started at the bottom making smaller commissions but was willing to put in the work and effort required to advance. Only a fool would expect to make more of a profit on a sold picture than the business owner. The part about Greg's secretaries being young and pretty seems childish as well. Would you rather be greeted by an ugly old woman? How about the charge of tax "aviation"? Is that like doing your taxes at 30,000 feet? Hopefully, Greg will not suffer any ill-effects from these malicious and unfounded remarks. Ultimately though, I know he will get through it and continue on his path to success. To those disgruntled former employees I say it's easy to sling mud when you have nothing to lose, but if you change your attitude and become successful, I hope the same thing doesn't happen to you.
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#9 UPDATE EX-employee responds

The truth

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (U.S.A.)

To say this report by "Dave is ludicrous is an unbelievable understatement. I have known Greg for over 30 years. These ridiculous complaints are so far off base its almost not worth responding to, but I am, on the slight chance anyone might believe this nonsense. Greg is not only probably the MOST honest person I know, he is the most genuine. He does more for his employees in a single day than most bosses will do in an employees career. He is constantly positive, always motivated, and always doing what is best for people. This person who has made this completely false complaint is someone who worked for Greg, did not like having a motivated boss, and now is trying to gain some sick measure of revenge by typing complete and total lies. I do find it ironic that this very website is telling me I cannot, in my rebuttal to this nonsense, type any "rumors,speculation, or innuendo", but they find it perfectly acceptable to print this "Dave" persons absolute lie about someone being a rapist. This is unfortunate to say the least. "Dave's" desperation is evidenced by his statement "He must not be very good in bed or he would have been able to keep them from quitting". He has degenerated to personal insults because he cannot prove that any of his statements are credible. Greg is the type of person who would give the shirt off his back to a total stranger. I, over the years have witnessed his generosity, and his caring and understanding for others. He constantly is striving to improve, not only himself, but his office as well as the people who work for him. Some people react well to strong and fair leadership, and some people like "Dave" react to that leadership by quitting, and trying to blame others for their failures. It is sad, because I know who "Dave" is, and I personally know some of the things that Greg has done for him. Some parents don't do as much for their children as Greg has done for "Dave" and his other employees. Greg has helped people when no one else would. He has given them a chance when no one else would. He has taken people in, given them a place to live and given them a job when they have hit rock bottom. I know if you asked anyone who knows Greg, they will tell you what a good, positive, genuine, caring, giving person he is. I am honored to call him a friend. It is very sad that "Dave" has stooped so low as to slander and insult someone as nice as Greg. I know, that no matter what happens to me in my life, no matter how bad things are,if I made a single phone call to Greg, he would do anything and everything he could to help me. That is the type of person he is, not the person "Dave" is attempting to portray. The real "fraud" is being perpetrated by "Dave", with lies and slander.
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AUTHOR: Beverlee - (U.S.A.)

I am very shocked that these ridiculous claims have been made on Greg Coye and Saratoga Designs. I have known Greg for many years. I have worked very closely with him on a regular basis. It saddens me that some angry disgruntle ex-independent contractor has to slander him and try to ruin his name and business because of his own failures. Greg is a stand up guy with great values and work ethic. I admire not only his friendship but also his business sense. If everyone could be half the person he is...the world would be a better place. Regardless of any disagreement he may have had with this "individual" - who can't even use his real name or location - Greg did not deserve this kind of treatment. It just goes to show what kind of character this person has. I have been with this company for almost 16 years. They have offered a great living for my family and me. They have made my dreams a reality. I am very blessed to have people such as Greg in my life. Shame on "you" (I know who you are) for writing such horrible things about someone you used to call a friend. Someone who helped you countless number of times...who let you live under their roof. Shame on you! I am shocked that you would lower yourself to this level. Just goes to show what kind of a person you really are and will always be. I never would have imagined this from you. As for Greg - hold your head up high and don't let these malicious words affect the true person you are. To know you is to love you like family. Your friendship and leadership I will cherish for life. You are an amazing human being.
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