Having always worked for legitimate companies. I had no idea scams like "The
Henry Group" aka "THG of NY" existed when I applied for the job.
In retrospect, there were a million red flags which should have told me
to keep my old job where I had benefits and made an hourly wage, and that I
should have run like hell from "The Henry Group" aka "THG".
* The Company is Constantly changing names to escape bad reviews online and connive
unsuspecting job seekers into accepting employment.
The Henry Group aka THG of NY is owned and operated by Brenda Bernal. She is an
illiterate woman who was promoted to management in this multi-level marketing
scheme by Elana Stein (formerly of Polaris now renamed EQ Charity). The
Henry Group presents itself as an entry level training program to promote you
to management running your own marketing company. [continued below]....
..... This is complete crap.
The job is 100% commission door-to-door sales. You are expected to
work from 11:30 am until 9:00 pm every day knocking on doors in selling energy
for the extremely sketchy company Direct Energy.
For the first four weeks you work you do not receive a paycheck. You sign away
all your rights with an "independent contractor agreement" which
basically indicates that you are self employed, that you will not be
compensated for any of the hours you work and you are all on your own if
someone decides to sue you or something for trespassing in an attempt to sell
them energy. You are paid on a 10-99 which means that you are responsible
for all of your own taxes and not entitled to minimum wage or unemployment.
Brenda couldn't afford to pay you minimum wage anyway, because she
doesn't make any money either.
When hired, you will be promised that in 6 months you will build your own team and
be promoted to assistant manager at which point you will double the amount of
commissions you make and begin "saving" to open your own office.
In reality... it takes at least a year to be promoted to assistant
manager if you manage to last that long. No one in Brenda's office has
ever been promoted to assistant manager. To be an assistant manager you
have to have a "team" which requires scamming more people to come
work for free for this despicable company.
They will tell you that you make 500-800 dollars a week as "Corporate Trainer"
which is the second "level" or position on your road to
"management". However, most employees make $350 a week if they
are lucky. None of them can afford to pay their taxes or live by
themselves and most are barely scraping by. Brenda claims to make 80,000
dollars a year, but she is constantly overdrawn on her bank account and lives
with 5 other people on 135th st.
The only people making money in this business are Elana Stein and Raf Diaz who will soon
be married. When an assistant manager becomes manager, the
"promoting owner" receives a $20,000 bonus (herein lies the pyramid
Whatever you do, do not work for this company or any of the other companies operating
out of 690 8th Ave. They are all scams. You will be expected to
work 60 hours a week on straight commission... when it comes time to get paid
you will be told that for some inexplicable reason or another your accounts
have been cancelled. Many people work for a week or two only to quit and
never receive a paycheck. As an "independent contractor" you
are responsible for your phone and travel expenses which will be major as you
have to make all the calls yourself and travel all over the city going door to
door selling energy.
If you need to take a day off or call out sick you will be penalized and not given
interviews (thereby making it even harder for you to theoretically get promoted
because without interviews you cannot build your team). You have to be at
work every day at 11:30 am for leaders meetings. You have to come back to
the office every night for "PM Atmosphere". You have to work
Saturdays even if you close 40 accounts because "your guys" (people
you are training) have to be there. This makes you an employee not an
The average person works at the Henry Group for around a week. Interviews leave in
the middle of their "Day of Observation" all the time. No one
ever gets promoted. If you want to work like a slave for sub-minimum
wage. Who is Henry? Brenda's Pug. The company is named after
her dog. Don't work here. You could make more money begging on the
Lee Tyler may be responsible for interviewing you. He will say that he has only been with the company for a few months, maybe a year. In fact, he has been with the company two years and never been promoted because people smarten up and quit before he is able to build his "team". He is brainwashed and truly believes that he can "legitimize" this business, even if he admits that Brenda is a stupid, useless, lying, cheating w***e. At first I felt bad for him, but given that he has spent two years trying to convince people that this s**t job is legitimate, and that he convinced me to leave my legitimate company where I was paid hourly + commission + benefits to come work for this scheme, I no longer feel the need to protect him. Look at his shoes, there are holes in the soles from walking so many miles and being unable to afford new ones.