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Complaint Review: Olympus Advertising, The Sharp Firm Inc., DMA Portland, Iconic Solutions - SMART CIRCLE FIENDS. STAY AWAY!!!!

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  • Submitted: Sat, January 25, 2014
  • Updated: Mon, April 28, 2014

  • Reported By: Anonymous — Beaverton Oregon
Olympus Advertising, The Sharp Firm Inc., DMA Portland, Iconic Solutions - SMART CIRCLE FIENDS. STAY AWAY!!!!
11501 SW Pacific Highway Suite 201 Tigard, Oregon USA

Olympus Advertising, The Sharp Firm Inc., DMA Portland, Iconic Solutions - SMART CIRCLE FIENDS. STAY AWAY!!!! Dutch Westermeijer (Sharp Firm Owner)Jared (Olympus Owner) If you have ever applied for any of the companies listed above in the Tigard, OR area and were contacted regarding an interview session, I strongly advise you to turn around and walk away if you haven’t already. Tigard Oregon

*Consumer Comment: You have your opinion, but...

*General Comment: TRAIL BLAZERS MARKETING Is a SCAM too

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If you have ever applied for any of the companies listed above in the Tigard, OR area and were contacted regarding an interview session, I strongly advise you to turn around and walk away if you haven’t already. The companies Olympus Advertising, The Sharp Firm, DMA Portland, and Iconic Solutions are all office entities of Smart Circle International, a multi-level marketing (MLM) company that builds it's business on franchising hundreds of offices around the US at no direct cost.  These offices interview 50-100 applicants a day in desperate search of a job and recruit them to go out into the public and sell certain products and services in retail outlets or door-to-door.  The various products and services that these offices are contracted to sell include Home Depot Kitchen Cabinet Refacing consultations, Direct TV installation, Century Link installation, Pierogies, Body Comfort Packs, and many more failing products that take advantage of SC’s “zero cost marketing” scheme.  They claim they primarily work with client acquisition.  However, with its MLM scheme they elude from the fact that the business model is doomed to fail eventually until some office owners go out of business or pack up shop and move to another city or office.  Most go with the second option.


The jobs that they offer are real.  However the security, job description, and payscale they initially pitch are very misleading and false in many respects.  For example, Olympus Advertising on their website have one continuous job opening available, customer service representative.  After an initial interview, candidates will be asked to drive out to various retail outlets that they set up shop in and advertise (but ultimately sell) Direct TV home service installation.  You will be greeted by a shady looking representative who doesn't really explain the nature of the job itself but rather the "money potential" that is often misrepresented.  They claim that most reps if successful may make $50,000 to $75,000 annually.  However, the reality is that most representatives see days without sales and live off of the "guaranteed minimum wage" (you make either commission or minimum wage for hours worked - which ever is greater).  And btw, your actual job consists of walking around aimlessly in stores such as Frys, Best Buy, and Fred Meyer to solicit customers' business.  After training for one week (sometimes less) and you haven't made at least two sales you will be let go and they move onto the next applicant.  Don't believe the hype that Olympus Advertising puts out their about their "amazing opportunity."  Because that's all it really is, hype.  Even the office owner struggles to pay his bills off this job...
 
The same can be said about The Sharp Firm, Inc.  If you take a look at their website, it's been quite a while since they've revised it after recently moving to another office location.  It's owned by a man named Dutch Westermeijer.  Funny enough and no pun intended, he is originally an immigrant from Holland who has since worked around a bit, moved to the states, married, (((REDACTED))), divorced, and has recently moved to an adjacent office to Olympus Advertising.  He manages people who go out and sign up customers for Home Depot’s Kitchen Cabinet and Refacing consultation program.  Each rep is paid $70 per confirmed lead they generate.  This usually equates to maybe 1-2 per day if they can get them to commit to scheduled appointments.  Like Olympus, Dutch's office has seen plenty of applicants come and go due to their eluding and deceptive online job advertising promising "fast growth, great work environment, and career opportunity" to any gullible person.  Most people in these positions last only 1-2 months (if that) before either quitting or being let go.
 
The same can be said of the other two companies Iconic Solutions and DMA Portland.  But since I've already gone into rich detail about the other two slimeball companies I need not continue on with the others.  In other words, these companies rely on keeping their business alive by drawing in, brainwashing, and eluding professionals in order to scrape what little profit they can make in a short period of time before needing to relocate.  Smart Circle International is a nationwide MLM scam and has caused quite a lot of frustration and distrust in community members while they drag business owners around like rag dolls and profit heavily.  STAY AWAY.  Trust me, you're better off with another line of work.

 


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#1 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: barepeppermint - ()

I'm actually the wife of Jared who owns Olympus Advertising and considering that we've owned our own house for a year, pay all of our bills on time, and have the means to fly to Cancun this November with the added cost of taking my brother and mother in law with us, says little about your statement that "the owner struggles to pay his own bills."

My husband maybe interviews about 8 people a day, so I'm not sure where the "50-100 applicants a day" comes from.  And most likely out of the 8 he interviews, only maybe 1 will actually be invited back for a second round inteview.  So no, his business is not desperately seeking employees on a daily basis.

And like any commission-based job, you will have days where you don't make sales.  The criteria is high for the people they hire, so yes, if you don't make a specific number of sales in the first week out of training, you will be let go with exceptions.  Paying the employees minimum wage costs my husband money, so he wants them to make sales, so that they are earning their OWN money.  Just like in any commission-based job, you have to be making the company money.  if not, they will let you go and find someone who will.    

I understand your concerns with a marketing job because we've all heard of or maybe even participated in these scams before.  I had the same thoughts and feelings when Jared first started in this business 4 years ago.  But since then, there is no denying the fact this this is a legitimate company.  

Anyone who ventures out to start their own business, or as they call it, "gets promoted out" has the chance to fail.  But Jared ensures that anyone he promotes out endures the rigourous assistant manager training to be able to make it on their own.  He oversees their personal and professional bank accounts to make sure they are spending money wisely, he teaches them how to use all the various sites to track sales and income, and he trains them in how to run a successful office.

Jared would not be where he is today if all he was running was a scam marketing company.  If you don't want to put in the effort and hard work it takes to become a manager and own your own business, then yes, a job where you are required to sell products inside of a retailer will be difficult.  You can start feeling doubtful of your abilities when 90 out of 100 people tell you no.  But that's what a commission-based business is about.  You only get out of it, what you put in.  

If you can't handle a commision-based job, then great.  Find a job that will pay you hourly and go home with a set paycheck every two weeks.  But don't say that Olympus Advertising is a scam when it isn't.  I've witnessed the growth of many people my husband has hired over the years and that's because they worked for it. 

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#2 General Comment

TRAIL BLAZERS MARKETING Is a SCAM too

AUTHOR: S. D. B. - ()

THE ONE YOU FORGOT IS TRAIL BLAZERS MARKETING! THEY ALL HAVE THESE TURN AND BURN KIND OF MENTALITIES! TRAIL BLAZERS EVEN HAS IT OWN SEPARATE REPORT ON HERE, MULTIPLE TIMES FROM DIFFERENT BUSINESSES THEY'VE OPENED AND CLOSED! 

TRAIL BLAZERS MARKETING SCAM

TRAIL BLAZERS MARKETING ENTRY LEVEL JOB SCAM

TRAIL BLAZERS MARKETING MIKE MALKOVICH IS A CREEP

 

I HAVEN'T BEEN ON INTERVIEWS WITH ALL OF THEM, ONLY OLYMPUS, TRAIL BLAZERS AND THE SHARP FIRM. I HAD ONE SCHEDULED WITH DMA AND CANCELED IT AFTER READING THIS AND LOOKING MORE OF THIS UP. THEY ALL ARE SCAMS AND PREY ON THE WEAK. I COULDN'T BELIEVE SOME OF THE THINGS I READ IN THE REPORTS ON MIKE MALKOVICH AND TRAIL BLAZERS MARKETING REVIEWS! THAT HAS GOT TO BE THEM TOO!

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