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.
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