• Report: #291844

Complaint Review: Special Data Processing

  • Submitted: Sat, December 15, 2007
  • Updated: Mon, July 14, 2008

  • Reported By:Clearwater Florida
Special Data Processing
16120 US Highway 19N Clearwater, Florida U.S.A.

Special Data Processing, NME SDP a scam? Not quite, but d**n close Clearwater Florida

*UPDATE Employee: Crappy place to work

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I am a former associate of Special Data Processing in Clearwater FL. The company is actually called "National Magazine Exchange" as heavily noted on this and some other sites.

Without going into great detail, I just wanted to say that the company is not a 100% scam. It is just the tactics they use, the methods, and many of the associates that are questionable. For one the companies hiring process is horrid. There are often group interviews, no drug testing, and the requirements for the entry level sales department are low. Basically if you can read and are coherent, you got the sales job! This makes for a high turnover rate, some shady people, druggies and questionable associates that are greedy, immoral and just looking to fill pockets. Not to say everyone is like that, but many are.

The bottom line is, there IS a sweepstakes, there IS a winner, and you WILL get that magazines you order unless the mail is jacked up. The billing methods are shady though and you will hear many offers for a 1.29 or 1.68 a week rate, but its compounded into monthly installments that are much higher. Its a psychological trick, branded after much research and number crunching.

Some people are really happy with their mags, and thats totally fine. Its not a horrible deal altogether if you get the magazines you actually wants. But just be sure that if you want to enter the sweepstakes, you do so sober with a clear head.... otherwise youll be calling to cancel asap. By the way, be prepared for many a rebuttal and offer when you attempt to cancel also.

I worked there for a while to make ends meet and it paid ok (which was a downward sliding scale due to pay cuts). But I have to admit, there were times that I felt like I was part of a questionable operation that treats its employees and customers like a number. They are probably just barely on the edge of being "legal".

- ex-associate

Harmsbegarmsh
Clearwater, Florida
U.S.A.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

Crappy place to work

AUTHOR: Current Sdp Employee - (U.S.A.)

They do treat employees like utter crap. I've been told to log off numerous times because of my stats and haven't been able to feed my family and pay my bills just because my numbers aren't where they should be today.... I usually do great, their solution to get more sales??? list off more magazines to the customers... how the hell is that going to help if they're hanging up on me, mad at me for selling them something, and not in need of our product???? I hate this job with a passion perhaps that's why I'm not doing as well these past few weeks, perhaps its because customers don't want to buy... I don't know.... I don't think this company is going to last much longer anyway.

I hope not.. I'll just ride it out until it sinks cause I've got nothing else I CAN do... that's right customers there are some decent people who work there who really have NO other choice... I have no other choice right now and I need to feed my family... but nobody there cares about these things... its all about what can you do for the company.... just another employee number... hey isn't that why they assign numbers in prison... to make it all less personal... just a thought.... HA!!!! the hubby says stick it out... it'll be fine... it not going anywhere... I hope it crashes and burns so I can rub it in his face and tell him I told you so you heartless jerk that makes me work here...
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