I find that it is necessary, as a former employee of this location to WARN the public about what they can expect in return for their thousands of $'s they will be pressured into spending on their "Quest" to find the love of their life. While other Great Expectation offices are successful in helping their clients truely find a life partner, this location doesn't have the membership base or professionalism to deliver the same results.
This business was purchased by Yole Vincent-Cornelson in April 2008 from Mitchell Brandt. I worked there late in the year and within a couple of days, began to wonder what I had gotten myself into! I was sent to Stuart, FL to train on the sales end for two days. I will say that this office is very professionally run and delivers a top notch service. I had not seen the office in Bonita Springs until after my two days of training. The Bonita office was a disaster! It is located by the Tax Collectors office and the inside of it looks like a warehouse.....cheap grade carpet, stark white walls and cheap office furniture. I was horrified. Within a few weeks, I discovered that in the short time this office had been under the new owner, there were quite a few sales reps prior to me who had quit due to payroll issues and the inability to deliver the top notch service as they had indicated to new members. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this place is a joke, as is the owner who obviously does not understand how to run and manage a professional business.
Out of curiosity, I scanned the database of members for this location and found that there were about 30 "active" members, and alot of profiles that were inactive, or expired. There are many members that were listed as Active in order to make the selection look much better than it really is. The photography is done "in the office" as well as the videos. Basically, you are interviewed for 2 hours to find out what your past relationships have been like, why they failed, what happened to cause your divorce, etc, as a way to get you into an emotional place so that you can be sold on the fact that "GE" has many upscale, financially secure, professional members; when infact, they do not! The events that are suposed to bring the "members" together are few and far in between. Additionally, there are very few people that even attend because there are "very few members" and always an "out of pocket cost" to attend.
This owner of this location is interested in one thing only....YOUR MONEY! Do not take the sales pitch at face value. The sales representatives are paid a low wage and rely on the closing of the sale in order to make money. Often times, the potential member that comes in to find out about the service is not someone that you would consider "upscale" by any means. Most are living on a shoe string, not financially stable, disabled, living on a fixed income or have financial issues that are ongoing. A criminal background is not done until AFTER a member pays the $1000-$5700 membership fee and a credit check is not done AT ALL. How can a company determine if someone is "financially stable" if this is not done? What are members really paying for?? A online database of pictures and profiles written by the members themselves?? Thats about all you really get! If this is what you want to date, then by all means, sign up tomorrow! Do yourself a favor before being pressured into signing on the dotted line and spending $thousands$ on membership....ask some pointed questions...
How many ACTIVE members does THIS OFFICE have? How often do you have Member Events and whats the cost to attend?
How many members have ACTUALLY found their mates IN THIS OFFICE Who owns it and how long have they owned it?
What is the Sales Representatives background? How long have they been there? How many NEW members join each month, on average?
Please note that you will not be allowed to "see" the database of members until after you sign up, submit your written profile, have your photo's and video done in their office and everything is uploaded to the system. This generally takes most new members 10-21 days depending on the schedule. YOU ONLY HAVE 3 DAYS TO CANCEL FROM THE DATE YOU SIGN UP...and it must be done in writing and delivered by certified mail! If you go beyond that, you are out of alot of money and once you finally have access to the database of potential love matches, you will be extremly disappointed! I am very disappointed in my participation with this office. I truely believed that it had the potential to deliver and I am sorry to say that the end result is that it can not.
Knowing what I know now, I would have to say that you would have a better opportunity to meet "Mr or Ms Right" using an online service that you can cancel at anytime. Currently, another "sales rep" has recently been hired and I encourage you to ask questions and then take the time to think about what you're really investing in. GE in Bonita Springs just doesnt have the professionalism or membership base to deliver the Great Expectations that you may be searching for.
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