Report: #319399

Complaint Review: Davis Direct Marketing Inc, Next Level Promotions

  • Submitted: Wed, March 19, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, June 18, 2008
  • Reported By: Mequon Wisconsin
  • Davis Direct Marketing Inc, Next Level Promotions
    W140 North 5946 Lilly Road
    Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
  • Phone: 262-252-4940
  • Web:
  • Category: Employers

Davis Direct Marketing, Next Level PromotionsDavis Direct Marketing Inc, Next Level Promotions Scam Artists... Misleading and Foney... I glad that after 2 days, I quit! Menomonee Falls Wisconsin

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Ditto!!! STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCAM!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I'm in the same boat....

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I read a Ripoff Report written by Heather from Milwaukee, who like myself, was interviewed at Davis Direct Marketing Inc. Like Heather, I was greatly dissapointed and taken aback at the appearance of the office, as well as the fact that I was led to believe that a position for "Customer Service" was open(which is what I applied for).

When I went for the interview, all of a sudden I found out that they would interview me for the "sales department".

In fact, there was NO "Customer Service" position open. The office only had one secretary, who was 10 minutes late to her job, on the day I waited to be interviewed, sitting in a child's size chair in the 9' x 3' waiting room.

In addition, the owner and the woman that interviewed me during the 2nd interview, told me that their company sees hundreds of people a week and hardly any get the chance to go to a 2nd interview...

Well at the end of my interview, all those who were interviewed were told to wait in that tight-space waiting area...a few minutes later it was announced that "although it was a difficult decision to make all 9 of us were picked for a 2nd round interview," which they said was "very rare"

I thought that sounded crazy, since there were already at least 15 employees that I saw in the office, one that could only sufficiently hold about 5 at the most.

But Miss Naive (ME) was in need of a half-decent second job,and I just didn't want to give up a possible opportunity, not yet.

Unfortunately, I accepted the job offer, after the rediculous 10 hour (with a 10 min break) "2nd Round Interview." It boggled my brain that they hired me, after seeing my resume and seeing that I had plenty of "Customer Service" and "Secretarial/office" experience and absolutely NO sales experience, whatsoever!

So, I started working for Davis Direct Marketing back in September 2007. This small, cheaply done, hole-in-the-wall, office space was jammed pack daily with 20 bodies, not to mention that I found out that the in the office space, the second office, of only 2 personal offices (size of a cubical), was for another company that they shared the office space with!!!

Well, long story short, after loads of bogus claims and stories that the owner would tell us each morning, trying to motivate us and "get us pumped"...
stories about the success and hefty pay checks (supposedly $200-$300 thousand/year) of those higher up in the company...

And after two exausting days of soliciting and standing outside of Walmart and Pick N' Save, trying to con people into believing that we were "just helping kids" by selling products...

and sexual harassment by rude men that were going into the stores (when I pointed this out to the girl who was "training" me, she said, "oh I just giggle and either ignore them or tell them that their silly, so that they will buy something")...

At the end of these 2 days, I had had enough and I hated the gut feeling that I had and my natural instincts told me that I had better quit, especially because everything was fishy, vague and undefined.

NO one even ever clocked in or out...there wasn't a way to do how would they know how much to pay us?

When questioned, No one gave straight answers and one girl told me that she had moved from California with the owner to start the branch in Menomonee Falls...she said that she hadn't been home in a year...and she hadn't been promoted yet...

In "training" we learned that after 6 months, most of the workers will get a promotion and soon open up their own office, that they can pick the location of, all expenses paid for the first few months...(no college degree needed)

It all sounded too easy....So, after the second day I called up and told them I "wasn't comming in," that I "wasn't feeling well"...I really just wanted to discuss the issue with my husband.

I talked it over with my husband and my family and everyone agreed that I definately shouldn't go back! So, the next day, I called and quit.

After about 2 weeks, I noticed that I still had not recieved a check from them, for my two days of work...I called the office and asked the secretary to look to see if I had a check...I gave her my name...she said that there "wasn't a check written out to that name"!

So I told her that I had worked for two days and quit...she said she would check again and if there was one, she would mail it to me...

Well I never recieved a check, and after another 10 days I called again, only this time the secretary said the checks had all go out in the mail and there was no way to check if I had a check coming to me or not!!!

I tried calling every few weeks, but always the same response.

I finally thought, "Screw this...I'm not going to get myself sick over $100...

January 31, 2008, I recieved a Tax Return document via mail from Davis Direct Marketing....I was livid! The most rediculous thing is that the document read that I grossed $58 !!! After two 8 hour days....I only got $58!!!

Now, I am waiting to hear back from the owner, whom I spoke to recently, to tell her that I never recieved a check and that I need to do my taxes, so she needs to send me my check....she said that I would have to fill out an affidavit that she would be faxing to me in the next few days, because she will have to "look through boxes" to find my information...

I'm calling her tomorrow to see if I need to take this issue to the Better Business Bureau and perhaps a lawyer!!!

Mequon, Wisconsin
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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds


AUTHOR: Luvpink86 - (U.S.A.)

I am so terribly upset that I didn't read the other reports on this website about DDM before accepting a position with them as an "intern." DON'T make this mistake!!!!! I turned down another truely great position for this one because it sounded so much better than what it really was. They made it sound like a true priveledge to be working for DDM and to have been "selected" from all of the applications that they had received.

The day of my second interview, I got into a car with two girls and we went to a local grocery store to sell child ID kits, t-shirts, and other random junk for a charity involving missing children. This poor charity is only receiving 20% of the donations and of that, only 5% is going to actually help continue searches for these missing children. Throughout this bogus 9 hour interview, I was "interviewed" in the car on the way to the location, I was asked to walk around the grocery store and make observations, I was given a book to read and take notes on, and I was also given a questionaire that took an hour to fill out. When I wasn't doing that I had to observe what they were doing and ask questions on what I saw. All of these things led me to believe that this was a very competitive position that I would be "lucky" to have. Turns out it was the complete opposite of lucky.

It all seemed pretty easy...get donations from people to help keep searches going for missing children. Then they get into the differences of a donation and a contribution and they do not take donations at DDM. DDM takes contributions because only PART of the money goes toward the charity. At the end of the interview they brought me into the office for a third interview, which I was told only 1-2 of the 2nd interviewers are brought back for the 3rd interview. So now I felt really great and was really excited for this opportunity to help others and do an internship at the same time... After the offered me the position I was told that most interns get a $500 bonus at the end of the summer. I should have paid more attention to the word MOST because to get it you have to train 3 people under you and get them out of the entry level phase of the company. Goodluck with that one...I don't know how you'll ever find even one person to stay long enough to be "promoted". I was also not aware that this job would entail 10.5 hours of my day 6 days per week, or about 63hours/week. That's not the kicker's the $350 they get away with paying their "interns" (who do the same job as everyone else) because interns don't always have to get paid that's the REAL kicker. Is anyone in that company aware of what minimum wage is set at these days???

Day one...When I first got there they had a crazy meeting where everyone was chanting and they all seemed totally brainwashed by their 23 year old owner/manager. She stood in the front telling tales of success and also giving us her income figure of $90,000/year and blah blah blah...Be prepared to practice selling (or "pitching" as they would say) all of their products for long periods of time over and over and over. I was then sent off to my location feeling very lost but still believing that this was somehow a good thing to be involved in.

Day two...this would be when I realized how terrible this job really was. I was standing outside of a Wal-Mart all day trying to sell things for this missing children's charity. They claim it isn't "selling" but if 80% of the profits go towards paying off the merchandise and employees, I think it can be classified as selling. Also, they are very pushy with the customers even though they claim to never turn a "no" into a "yes". I was told that it wasn't sales, yet these employees have every trick up their sleeves to try and sell as much as possible. If it truely was a "charity" people would give because they wanted to, not because someone persuaded them to do so.

Of my first day, the one thing that really bothered me was that a piece of defective merchandise was sold to a customer with the employee knowing of this defect. It was completely dishonest and it really tipped me over the edge. As if the rest of the business wasn't somehow dishonest, she was going to knowlingly sell someone a defective product? About half way through the day I had felt like I had been there for 4 days and all I wanted to do was go home! Overall, this company doesn't tell you the details of anything, and as they gradually unfolded I was out of there.

The worst part...I turned down another job for this one. Again, DON'T MAKE THIS MISTAKE!!! Don't work for this company and don't give a "contribution" to this company!! If you see the CPEA out and about for "free fingerprinting", don't be fooled! If you feel the need to help a missing childrens organization, donate to one that will give 100% of their donations to the organization itself...not some pyrmid schemed marketing company.

And to reply to the post from Becky whom works with DDM: $70,000 raised for a missing children's charity...that's it??? That's less than the owner makes in a year! Don't defend the shabby office...that woman who owns it can well afford to put a few adult sized chairs in the office or at least replace the chairs with ones that don't fold up. She shouldn't be bragging about how much she makes if she can't afford a decent lobby for employees-Jay was right. And by the way, I'd rather be unemployed than work for such a twisted company. I'm not forming opinions off of this website but simply comparing with what I have experienced vs. what I have read on here and it is all so familiar.

If I encounter any of the payroll or tax issues that the others have I will be taking it up with the Better Business Bureau or a similar authoritative role. As far as the others who have gone through this, what have been your results thusfar with payroll and taxes?
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I'm in the same boat....

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

I worked there for 5 days and never received a check either despite calling several times. I also called several times after receiving my tax return, and was told by a girl that it was their responsibility to mail it and that I would need to come in and sign an affidavit. This was after getting several different answers and a few phone calls to them. I took someone with me because I didn't trust them! There was no affadavit to sign! We sat in the closet while the desk girl went and spoke with the owner. The owner was looking through a huge stack of checks and said she couldn't find mine! Duh! I told her how I received a tax return and not a paycheck and she laughed in disbelief. I wasn't amused. She simply took down my name and address. i pointed out that I hadn't moved and received my W-2 from them. She said its in the mail. I called the WI Department of labor, and they sent me a complaint form in the mail. I also mentioned I was not paid minimum wage. I filed it last week. Here's the website with the info you need:
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