• Report: #1344033
Complaint Review:

Amp Exposure, Inc

  • Submitted: Sun, December 18, 2016
  • Updated: Sun, December 18, 2016

  • Reported By: anonymous — Florida USA
Amp Exposure, Inc
7800 Southland Blvd Ste 150 Orlando, Florida USA

Amp Exposure, Inc Amplify Management, Inc., Winston Greyson, Smart Circle Scam, Reviews, Salary Orlando Florida

*Consumer Comment: Kudos

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I Agree

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Amp Exposure Inc. is a scam that systematically lies to their employees at every stage of employment. There is extensive focus on recruitment because cheap labor IS the product. All their employees sell crappy Chinese junk from tables in retailers. It is an extremely low skill job, they only requirement is that you be able to memoize and repeat a script. They advertise it as a professional foot in the door to people who don’t know better.

There’s dozens of different positions posted, but those jobs do not exist. If you interview with them, ask how many many account Managers/Hospitality Reps/Public Relations assistants they have as well as how their duties differ. The answer is they don’t differ because they’re not real. Every job is direct sales for minimum wage, with the end goal being that you will be promoted to owning your own office and then lying to your employees in the same way.

There’s a significant amount of driving on a daily basis, which takes a serious toll on your car. Travel costs are largely paid out of pocket. There’s no compensation for the maintenance needed from the heavy milage. Sometimes they will send you to hotels so you can work at further retailers. You will share a bed with your co-workers. There’s a forced superficial culture of fake positivity. People who quit, underperform, or work regular jobs are ridiculed. They encouraged people to mistreat and look down on others and play down the value of education by discouraging employees from getting degrees. Why? Because a degree will not help you in peddle junk from a table, it only encourages you to leave for a job that requires a degree. 

You only earn commission if your sales exceed $250 a week, in which case you will earn the amount you earned on commission, but not your base pay in addition to that. If you do meet commission, you earn $250. This is above minimum wage for a 40 hour week, but they expect you to work more than 40 hours per week. That’s where it either meets or falls below minimum wage depending on how many extra hours you have to put in. Typically this is around at least 10 additional hours per week, but it can easily be higher.

The hook they use to attract new hires is the claim that the job is designed to be entry level, but they are hiring with the intent to promote to the executive level within 6-9 months, and they want to find someone with potential to teach the business and then make them an executive, where they will earn $75k around the administrative level and then 6 figures at the management level. This is a bald faced lie.

Greyson Fesperman has been at this game for years. She has “owned” three different companies for Smart Circle, the parent company, since 2014. Smart Circle is such a terrible company to work for that they are literally nicknamed the Devilcorp for how they lie to and manipulate employees. They don’t advertise this because Smart Circle is easily searchable.

Look up Devilcorp to get a rundown on what to expect at every stage of your employment with Smart Circle. Smart Circle is the same company as DS-MAX, Smart Circle, Cydcor, Innovage, Granton, Cobra Group, Credico, Appco Group, etc. They all run the same scam. There are dozens of class action lawsuits between these companies for their mistreatment of their employees and Fair Labor Standards Act violations. They fail to pay overtime, provide no benefits, misclassify their employees as independent contractors, etc. This is also why everyone who works there is so young- experienced workers would never agree to these conditions because they know it’s far below standard.

The prestigious executive position is when Smart Circle allows you to open your own office where you continually recruit employees because the overwhelming majority quit within a few months. Every employee photo has a different group of employees in it, and it’s rare for the same employee to be photographed twice. It’s a small business of only 20 people or so, it’s just their employees keep quitting and needing to be replenished. 

The business is not sustainable. Every employee is competing for the exact same job, and there are only so many big box retailers. Every one already has a Smart Circle office that caters to it. The idea is that as those go under, some people will take over the market and open a new office with a new name to unsuspecting jobseekers. 

 A good question to ask is why they’re indefinitely hiring. When they say it’s because they’re growing, ask why they’ve been in the same tiny office without work space since 2015, especially since they never stopped hiring. The answer is they’re not growing, and there is no work space because everyone works standing at retail stores. Rebekah Hale is the exception, and her job is largely to string potential hires along and get them in the door by lying to them about the job. She intentionally withholds and distorts information to misrepresent the position to potential hires. If you’re considering interviewing, ask her to confirm that the job is not a sales position. Then go to the stage 2 interview, where you’ll see every job is face-to-face retail sales. 

Greyson was the owner of Winston Grey, Amplify Management Inc, and now Amp Exposure Inc. She’s been an owner since 2014 and somehow nobody has completed the 6-9 month training program, despite that there are people who have been there far longer and are model workers who still get the same pay as when they began. The idea is you get a token promotion early on where you get extra responsibilities but no pay raise. When you get the promotion to event management, you begin to recruit new employees. The idea is when you recruit enough, you get your own office.  

Contrary to what they say, there are not multiple payment structures. The amount Greyson pays employees isn’t even within her authority to decide, so don’t bother asking for a raise. Greyson manages this branch for Smart Circle. She is the “owner” in title only. Smart Circle makes the major decisions, like what products she sells, where she sells them, etc. They choose young people to be “owners” so that they can con other young people into believing they can become successful fast.

Greyson claims she earns a six figure salary. If you search smart circle ownership, you’ll find dozens of former “owners” complaining that they were encouraged to lie about earning a six figure income to to string people along and exploit them into working a dead end job with the hope that someday they too can be as wealthy as an owner. If Greyson’s been an owner since 2014 and earning six figures since then, she’d have to have earned at minimum $300k and at most just shy of 3 million. Yet she doesn't own property or an expensive car. She doesn’t take long vacations or travel throughout the year. The office tiny and sparsely furnished with cheap furniture from Ikea and Overstock. Former owners have posted they earned around 40k, but told employees they earned far more. Other former owners attest that the position drove them into debt.

The last thing that should be alarming is the OTHER owners. You will meet them, and many of them will quit or be fired. If you ever follow up on how they’re doing, overwhelmingly they move from supposedly making six figures when they work for Smart Circle to working at low skill jobs or shady companies where the salaries for their positions ares significantly below six figures, yet their quality of life doesn’t take a hit. This all suggests the training program and ownership is actually a fairly low paying and low value job. It's not just owners, even former top sellers quit left this job to have entry-level retail positions. What can you really take away from Amp Exposure? It's not money, it's not experience, it's not advancement, it's not time off. This job offers next to nothing and expects the world from their employees.

If a company lied about the title of the opening to get you in the door, lied in the first interview for what the job is, lied in the 2nd interview about what compensation to expect, teaches you to lie to make sales and recruit new people, why would they suddenly start having integrity at higher levels? The answer is simple; they don’t.


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#1 Consumer Comment

Kudos

AUTHOR: Giselle - (United Kingdom)

 That was very informative and well-written. It's probably the best write-up I've seen to date on a Smart Circle office. You made excellent points and I hope any potential vict.... err, I mean recruits, will see it.

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AUTHOR: Avie Roth - (USA)

I agree with this post as well as most of what's been written about this company on this site.  They're scum.  Here's a new photography blog about Smart Circle International

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