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Complaint Review: THG of NY, Brenda Bernal, Sydetra, Raf Diaz, Elanna Stein, Credico Cydcor

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  • Submitted: Thu, August 30, 2012
  • Updated: Thu, May 09, 2013

  • Reported By: Janet — New York New York United States of America
THG of NY, Brenda Bernal, Sydetra, Raf Diaz, Elanna Stein, Credico Cydcor
690 8th Ave. 5 Floor New York, New York United States of America

THG of NY, Brenda Bernal, Sydetra, Raf Diaz, Elanna Stein, Credico Cydcor THG of NY, Sydetra, Brenda Bernal, The Henry Group of New York, THG of New York, Polaris, EQM, EQ Marketing, Polaris, New York Business Partners, Alpha Global Marketing, Northstar Consulting, 7Marketi ultilevel marketing scheme, pyramid scheme, independent contractor New York, New York

*Consumer Suggestion: Read my post

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Helpful Hint

*Consumer Suggestion: Scams

*Author of original report: THG of New York City, The Henry Group, THG of NYC, THG of NY, Brenda Bernal, Sydetra, Credico, Cydcor, Raf Diaz

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Having always worked for legitimate companies. I had no idea scams like "The Henry Group" aka "THG of NY" existed when I applied for the job.  In retrospect, there were a million red flags which should have told me to keep my old job where I had benefits and made an hourly wage, and that I should have run like hell from "The Henry Group" aka "THG".

* The Company is Constantly changing names to escape bad reviews online and connive unsuspecting job seekers into accepting employment.

The Henry Group aka THG of NY is owned and operated by Brenda Bernal.  She is an illiterate woman who was promoted to management in this multi-level marketing scheme by Elana Stein (formerly of Polaris now renamed EQ Charity).  The Henry Group presents itself as an entry level training program to promote you to management running your own marketing company.  This is complete crap.  The job is 100% commission door-to-door sales.  You are expected to work from 11:30 am until 9:00 pm every day knocking on doors in selling energy for the extremely sketchy company Direct Energy.

For the first four weeks you work you do not receive a paycheck.  You sign away all your rights with an "independent contractor agreement" which basically indicates that you are self employed, that you will not be compensated for any of the hours you work and you are all on your own if someone decides to sue you or something for trespassing in an attempt to sell them energy.  You are paid on a 10-99 which means that you are responsible for all of your own taxes and not entitled to minimum wage or unemployment.  Brenda couldn't afford to pay you minimum wage anyway, because she doesn't make any money either.

When hired, you will be promised that in 6 months you will build your own team and be promoted to assistant manager at which point you will double the amount of commissions you make and begin "saving" to open your own office.  In reality... it takes at least a year to be promoted to assistant manager if you manage to last that long.  No one in Brenda's office has ever been promoted to assistant manager.  To be an assistant manager you have to have a "team" which requires scamming more people to come work for free for this despicable company.

They will tell you that you make 500-800 dollars a week as "Corporate Trainer" which is the second "level" or position on your road to "management".  However, most employees make $350 a week if they are lucky.  None of them can afford to pay their taxes or live by themselves and most are barely scraping by.  Brenda claims to make 80,000 dollars a year, but she is constantly overdrawn on her bank account and lives with 5 other people on 135th st.  

The only people making money in this business are Elana Stein and Raf Diaz who will soon be married.  When an assistant manager becomes manager, the "promoting owner" receives a $20,000 bonus (herein lies the pyramid scheme).

Whatever you do, do not work for this company or any of the other companies operating out of 690 8th Ave.  They are all scams.  You will be expected to work 60 hours a week on straight commission... when it comes time to get paid you will be told that for some inexplicable reason or another your accounts have been cancelled.  Many people work for a week or two only to quit and never receive a paycheck.  As an "independent contractor" you are responsible for your phone and travel expenses which will be major as you have to make all the calls yourself and travel all over the city going door to door selling energy.  

If you need to take a day off or call out sick you will be penalized and not given interviews (thereby making it even harder for you to theoretically get promoted because without interviews you cannot build your team).  You have to be at work every day at 11:30 am for leaders meetings.  You have to come back to the office every night for "PM Atmosphere".  You have to work Saturdays even if you close 40 accounts because "your guys" (people you are training) have to be there.  This makes you an employee not an independent contractor.  

The average person works at the Henry Group for around a week.  Interviews leave in the middle of their "Day of Observation" all the time.  No one ever gets promoted.  If you want to work like a slave for sub-minimum wage.  Who is Henry?  Brenda's Pug.  The company is named after her dog.  Don't work here.  You could make more money begging on the subway.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/30/2012 09:04 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/THG-of-NY-Brenda-Bernal-Sydetra-Raf-Diaz-Elanna-Stein-Credico-Cydcor/New-York-New-York-10036/THG-of-NY-Brenda-Bernal-Sydetra-Raf-Diaz-Elanna-Stein-Credico-Cydcor-THG-of-NY-Syde-935112. 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 Consumer Suggestion

Read my post

AUTHOR: armintamz - ()

Check out my post about Troy International or any of the companies affiliated with them (Polaris, The Henry Group, EQM, EQ New York, Worldwide Marketing, The BBB Conglomerate and Noble Solution). I've done extensive research and found out that all these companies DO the same thing, OPERATED by the same people, and LOCATED in the same building. They change names when they know people caught on.

Read my post here: http://tamzarianarmin2.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/troy-international-deceptive-practices-questionable-history/

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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Helpful Hint

AUTHOR: NatK - (United States of America)

Please update your title (if possible), or add somewhere in your rebuttal or post the newer names of this company. This will help future consumers to find your report.

See my post for the most recent names: http://www.ripoffreport.com/hudson-marketing-sol/multi-level-marketing/new-york-new-york-da0ae.htm  Ex's: Hudson Marketing Solutions, Black Ops, EQM


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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Scams

AUTHOR: shopaholic - (United States of America)

6 points for your career...

1. Don't pre-judge. Some places seem like its too good to be true, maybe not everyone makes it big. If it takes hard work, and offers free training, it may be good just to build a resume. Give it a shot, don't pay money or sign a contract that you have to stay or sign up your friends. In a skeptical society, you want to be careful, don't write off something that could be what you're looking for just because it says, "no experience necessary". Ask questions, while you may need people skills, work ethic, and integrity, many companies will teach marketing or sales, etc.

2. Others Make a percentage of what would be yours. Also called multi-level marketing or a pyramid.

3. You pay for training. While many companies need you to be licensed to represent them. Know the difference between paying to join, paying to be licensed, or being paid and learning.

4. Get rich quick without hard work, student mentality, & integrity. If it requires nothing from you, it will return nothing.

5. Do they interview or train in person or over the phone. While it may not be a scam. If you're doing everything over the phone, they don't care enough about your success to meet you.

6. Use professional sources to learn about scams.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/07/15/cb.avoid.job.scams/

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employment_scams#mw-mf-search

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchscams/qt/scamexamples.htm

http://www.scamdex.com/employment-index.php

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/moneymatters/jobs-hunting-scams.shtml

http://www.rileyguide.com/scams.html
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#4 Author of original report

THG of New York City, The Henry Group, THG of NYC, THG of NY, Brenda Bernal, Sydetra, Credico, Cydcor, Raf Diaz

AUTHOR: Jane - (United States of America)

It's actually THG of New York City. 
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