• Report: #424143

Complaint Review: Global Marketing Enterprises, Inc.

  • Submitted: Sat, February 14, 2009
  • Updated: Thu, May 07, 2009

  • Reported By:Cleveland Heights Ohio
Global Marketing Enterprises, Inc.
5700 Lombardo Center, Suite 290 Seven Hills, Ohio U.S.A.

Global Marketing Enterprises, Inc. JUST ANOTHER BRAINWASHING CYDCORP CORPORATION PRAYING ON THE POOR ECONOMY Seven Hills Ohio

*UPDATE Employee: My Experience

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Reality

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Reality

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Reality

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Reality

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: My personal apologies for the misunderstanding.

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GME, Inc. - more cult than marketing agency. First off, if hired with GME, Inc., or any faux-company that claims Cydcorp as its parent company, you will be doing door-to-door sales. Compensation is commission only. You will be working 55 hours per week; including Saturdays. The pay for your work? $500-$650. Each of those $500-$650 dollars is WHOLLY dependent on your ability to convince housewives to switch to ATT's new fiber optic UVERSE package.

They will entice you with the management training aspect of this pyramid scheme. During my time with GME (1 Full Day) there were 50+ salesman, two assistant managers (Vince & Alan), and one GM (Kevin Graziano). Do the math. Only the creme de la creme of word-mincing, intrusive salespeople reach the lofty position of assistant management. Everyone else languishes in Phase 2: Leadership Training.

Here is a brief synopsis of my first day:

First off, I had to go through a three-part interview process. My first training day started with 1.5 hours of sales-pitch practicing and round-table (No tables you stand in circles) advice that is given by the sales leaders from the week before. Add it up. The purpose of this was to pump people up and hold them in the office (9 hours/ week where you cannot make $) until mid-afternoon where it is a tad more feasible for people to be home. Everyone changes out of their business professional clothes in bathrooms/cars and into as many layers as they can possibly put on. After this you drive with your trainer to a residential neighborhood to do cold-call sales. 8 hours and one ten-minute break which is spent at the closest gas station. My trainer needed to stop for baby aspirin because he had gotten frostbite on his foot from the previous work week (BTW If he reads this: Your a quality worker and I wish you the best of luck). The temperature hovered at Zero Degrees all day (not including wind-chill). At one point we had to do high-knees in between doors to keep warm. You have to jump through a litany of hoops to actually make a sale. My trainer made one sale during the miserably cold day. This netted him $75 - the cost of gas (NOT REIMBURSED!!! MY TRAINER DROVE OVER AN HOUR WHILE ON THE CLOCK), food, toll, energy drinks, baby aspirin, and hand warmers. Appx. $7.50/hour for an exhausting ten hour workday. On the 35 minute drive back to the office, where my car was located, at 8:30pm we discussed what my second day of training would entail. O did things get interesting back at the office. When we returned everyone started clapping their hands above their heads and marching back to the round-table room. In the room Alan, an assistant manager, was shaking a water cooler jug that was half-filled with coins above his head. Everyone continued to clap as they formed a circle. Three gongs of varying sizes were placed on the floor. Those who made two sales banged the small gong and ran around the circle high-fiving everyone (Medium Gong = 4 Sales / Large Gong = 5+). All this occurred while we sung and odd ululating chant. When there were no gong-bangers left everyone began to dispersed as if nothing extraordinarily odd just occurred. The normalcy with which they left left me disquieted. That was the final straw.

Your training period is unpaid. All told I was -$10 on the day (A Glorious McDonald's Lunch + Turnpike Tolls + Hand-Warmers).

I am a very hard-worker. Have been all my life. But this was nothing short of indentured servitude. Do not do this if you are struggling to find work. This is a waste of your time. The only people this benefits are people like my trainer who aspire to operate their own outsourced marketing pyramid schemes. How the GM Kevin can wake up every morning to profit off the back-breaking labor of his struggling employees is a mystery to me.

FINAL NOTE: Research how out-sourced marketing operates. These agencies proliferate like mushrooms in feces during economic downswings.

Warning to Fellow Clevelanders
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
U.S.A.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

My Experience

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

I guess I am not really that experienced yet with the company. I was hired in March and promoted into a trainer postion about a month later.

I was a little concerned about the company after reading the above report, however, this has been my experience thusfar:

1) I was paid for training. $300
2) The training that I recieved was far better than the previous company that I had worked for in the motgage industry. They actually care about my progression.
3) I love the morning training sessions, it helps me wake up and get the practice I need to be successful throughout the day.
4) I am averaging a pretty consistent $700 per week before taxes on my checks.
5) Everyone is really friendly and helpful.
6) The sales isnt easy but it is a great technology thats fun to talk about.
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AUTHOR: Sg - (U.S.A.)

Fellow Clevelander,

I wish you didn't write about things you didn't really get to know that well.

I am 33 and I worked at GME for about 6 months and I eventually decided after sitting down with Kevin that I was not performing well enough at the sales to really advance. My sales skills when I first started was quite weak and although I learned a lot and got a lot of support, I was still not cut out for sales or sales management.

True, it is outside residential sales in the beginning... but Kevin tells you that in the first round of the interview very clearly. Not only that but he actually takes a half day out of one of his trainers day's in the second round of the interview for the candidate to "actually see" what goes on in the field sales part.

Yes commission is a big part of the sales but once again that is clearly explained in the interview process. I was a little below average with the sales and I was still able to make about $500/week. However, my trainer who was pretty good at it would typically average more like $700-$800.

I watched 2 people get promoted to managment which was pretty cool and I wish them luck.

Hope this clears things up for any job seekers looking for employment!
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AUTHOR: Sg - (U.S.A.)

Fellow Clevelander,

I wish you didn't write about things you didn't really get to know that well.

I am 33 and I worked at GME for about 6 months and I eventually decided after sitting down with Kevin that I was not performing well enough at the sales to really advance. My sales skills when I first started was quite weak and although I learned a lot and got a lot of support, I was still not cut out for sales or sales management.

True, it is outside residential sales in the beginning... but Kevin tells you that in the first round of the interview very clearly. Not only that but he actually takes a half day out of one of his trainers day's in the second round of the interview for the candidate to "actually see" what goes on in the field sales part.

Yes commission is a big part of the sales but once again that is clearly explained in the interview process. I was a little below average with the sales and I was still able to make about $500/week. However, my trainer who was pretty good at it would typically average more like $700-$800.

I watched 2 people get promoted to managment which was pretty cool and I wish them luck.

Hope this clears things up for any job seekers looking for employment!
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AUTHOR: Sg - (U.S.A.)

Fellow Clevelander,

I wish you didn't write about things you didn't really get to know that well.

I am 33 and I worked at GME for about 6 months and I eventually decided after sitting down with Kevin that I was not performing well enough at the sales to really advance. My sales skills when I first started was quite weak and although I learned a lot and got a lot of support, I was still not cut out for sales or sales management.

True, it is outside residential sales in the beginning... but Kevin tells you that in the first round of the interview very clearly. Not only that but he actually takes a half day out of one of his trainers day's in the second round of the interview for the candidate to "actually see" what goes on in the field sales part.

Yes commission is a big part of the sales but once again that is clearly explained in the interview process. I was a little below average with the sales and I was still able to make about $500/week. However, my trainer who was pretty good at it would typically average more like $700-$800.

I watched 2 people get promoted to managment which was pretty cool and I wish them luck.

Hope this clears things up for any job seekers looking for employment!
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AUTHOR: Sg - (U.S.A.)

Fellow Clevelander,

I wish you didn't write about things you didn't really get to know that well.

I am 33 and I worked at GME for about 6 months and I eventually decided after sitting down with Kevin that I was not performing well enough at the sales to really advance. My sales skills when I first started was quite weak and although I learned a lot and got a lot of support, I was still not cut out for sales or sales management.

True, it is outside residential sales in the beginning... but Kevin tells you that in the first round of the interview very clearly. Not only that but he actually takes a half day out of one of his trainers day's in the second round of the interview for the candidate to "actually see" what goes on in the field sales part.

Yes commission is a big part of the sales but once again that is clearly explained in the interview process. I was a little below average with the sales and I was still able to make about $500/week. However, my trainer who was pretty good at it would typically average more like $700-$800.

I watched 2 people get promoted to managment which was pretty cool and I wish them luck.

Hope this clears things up for any job seekers looking for employment!
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#6 REBUTTAL Owner of company

My personal apologies for the misunderstanding.

AUTHOR: Kevin Graziano - (U.S.A.)

Matt,

I would like to extend my personal apology for the misunderstandings that we may have had during your brief employment within our company. I try my very best to ensure that every single employee within my company not only has a very positive experience but also learns a lot about the business world, whether their long term career is with my company or somewhere else.

You were dead on with most of the things you said. With the exception of a few small details.

#1) There are 2 managers in the office, Don and myself, in addition to our 2 assistant managers.

#2) That training is unpaid, training within our company is in fact paid $300 for the individual's training period so long as they meet our attendance requirements and are not tardy.

Everything else is correct:

Yes our industry (sales) is very difficult.

Yes it is very cold outside in Cleveland in the winter. (And that is why as part of your interview we actually took you out in the field for a 1/2 day so that you could experience it before deciding if we were a good fit for employment)

Yes our employees that do the sales are paid based upon commission (as is the case with most sales)

Yes our people do work upwards of 50-55 hours per week

Yes our sales people do make $500-$650 per week (which is $25,000-$32,000 per year) And I believe that is pretty good here in the Cleveland economy.

Yes you are correct in saying that there are more sales people than managers. (I think most companies are structured that way)

Yes our office is very high energy, we like to applaud the people that worked hard throughout the day. I'm sorry if this scared you off, but it is a part of our business. (The high fiving and cheering mirrors my sports background)

Once again Matt, I apologize for any inconviences that spurred from your day with our company and I wish you the best of luck on your career search in the future.

Best wishes

Kevin Graziano
President
Global Marketing Enterprises Inc.
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