ED Magedson – Founder
Blackstone Consulting Inc.601 Carlson Parkway 1525 Minnetonka, Minnesota United States of America
When I first applied for Blackstone Consulting it sounded like a promising position. Before applying I did my research online to see if I could find out anything about the company but there wasnt anything except for the company's website which had really no information about the history of the company or specifics about its clients and the position.
I applied anyways and was contacted pretty quickly by HR. They wanted me to come in right away for an interview almost like they couldnt wait even one day for me to come in. On the day of my first interview I arrived at the Carlson towers and I have to say I was impressed that their offices were housed here....well let me tell you at one point the boss pretty much said that the reason why they were in the Carlson towers is because you would have to believe that they are a legitimate company if they are renting such nice office space!
My first interview barely was 15 minutes long and mostly consisted of me answering personality trait questions and being briefed on the position. I thought it was kind of odd but sometimes first interviews are pretty brief. Well I got a call back from HR that day saying that they would like me to come back for a second interview. The second interview basically was observing a morning meeting where everyone stands around a white board for an hour. I then talked to one of the employees for about 15 mins about myself and why id like to work here. Then I went into my bosses office to finish up the "interview" if you can call it that. He barely looked at my resume and only asked me a few questions nothing that pertained to my qualifications or background. Then he went over the pay structure and training pay and then asked if I had any questions. Within 24 hours I was notified that I had gotten the position. I thought it was odd that they didnt give me the choice of taking it they just said that I got the job and to come in to fill out paper work.
During my final interview I was told that training was 2-4 weeks long and that the pay was 750 a week and that there were three different pay scales and they made it seem like going to 100% commission would be your choice since if you were selling a lot you would be losing out on money if you were on the other pay scales...makes sense. Well training is ONLY one week and it is only 500$ not 750$ and at some point you will be going to 100% commission whether you want to or not. Also I was told that while in the field I would be going out and meeting with business/clients by appointment and give them professional presentations...well actually what you are doing is going to EVERY business in your designated territory. Pretty much door to door soliciting..not exactly what I was told this job was going to be. You also have to pay for your gas out of your own pocket (driving around 40 miles a day in your territory adds up!) and have to use and give out your own personal cell phone because even though I was told in my interview I would get a company phone they fail to mention that you only get it once you've "earned" it.
I had asked a few questions about the company to a few of the trainers and never really got a straight answer from them...well come to find out that this company use to be under another name: Cumberland Enterprises.This company was unprofessional with the way they talked about past and current employees during meetings and company social gatherings. They would say that these employees were lazy and not willing to work for their "success". I just realized that they were able to smell the bs sooner rather than later.
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