Report: #915272

Complaint Review: Imperial Marketing Group part of Smart Circle

  • Submitted: Fri, July 20, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, July 24, 2012
  • Reported By: Annonymous — Albuquerque New Mexico United States of America
  • Imperial Marketing Group part of Smart Circle
    7001 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    United States of America

Imperial Marketing Group part of Smart Circle Time Card Skimming!!! Albuquerque, New Mexico

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Exactly

*UPDATE Employee: Current Employee

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Imperial Marketing Group located at 7001 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 posts all over Craigslist, Monster, Careerbuilder, and many other employment sites trying to lure people into their company with job descriptions that are inaccurate! This company is part of the Smart Circle pyrmaid scheme in which you make LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE! Please take a moment to search "SMART CIRCLE" here at, and you will see DOZENS of testimonials from previous employees of Smart Circle companies who had similiar NIGHTMARISH experiences! 

The company lures you in with big talk about: "unlimited income potential," "own your own business in less than a year," etc., etc., etc. This is simply not true. 

An accurate job description is as follows:
You are required to attend "motivational" meetings at 7001 Menaul at 8am in the morning which are scheduled to last one hour. You are told to show up 20-30 minutes early every single day which you are not paid to do. The meeting usually runs over about 30-45 minutes, and when you indicate the accurate time the meeting ended on your timecard, the "leaders" of this office to tell you to write down less than the amount of time that you worked.

You start off every single day being short changed about 1.5 hours. This is called "time card skimming" which is highly illegal for employers to do. During the "motivational" meetings you are lectured on Smart Circle company values, and if you disagree or question a single point, the owner of Imperial Marketing Group, Jeff Sanchez is verbally abusive toward you.

You then wait anywhere from 2-4 hours to work your scheduled shift at Sam's Club, which you are told to show up 20-30 minutes early for in order to set up. You are not paid to show up 20-30 minutes early for set-up. So guess what? Even more time card skimming!

You work anywhere from 8-12 hours on your feet behind a table at Sam's Club selling medicore products to Sam's Club members. You are instructed take short breaks, which does not give you adequate time to have a proper meal.

You are told to do labor on your breaks such as preparing product for sale, unpacking and doing inventory of product, and LIFTING OF HEAVY BOXES.  You are told to stay after your scheduled shift TO get ready for the next day by preparing product for sale, which is EVEN MORE LABOR, which you are not paid to do. Imperial Marketing calls this "setting yourself up for success," and "investing in your future with the company."
Imperial Marketing is in fact squeezing free labor out of you.

With Imperial Marketing Group, you work 12-14+ hour days and only get paid approximately 70 bucks. When you express concern with any of this treatment, you are told that "this is not the job for you." So you are expected to work under illegal working conditions with your job held over your head if you do not do exactly as you are told.

Jeff Sanchez calls you on your time off and asks you to run errands for him which you are not paid to do. He especially does this to women. You are told to come into the office on your "DAY OFF" and fill out your timecard, or else you are threatened that you will not be paid. The little bit that you are paid, you are often times paid late.

You are required to do "one-on-one meetings" with Jeff Sanchez and the "leaders" of the office in which you are asked personal and intrusive questions about every aspect of your life. Guess what? You are not paid to go to these "one-on-one meetings!" Jeff Sanchez puts his nose in your personal and financial business and gives you unwanted and useless advice in a demeaning manner.  If you are feeling tired due to exhaustion from working 80-100 hours a week, Jeff Sanchez gives you useless and incorrect advice on how to stay healthy. He DOES NOT have any counseling or financial education, and he certainly DOES NOT have a medical degree.  On top of that, he is a very POOR and ABUSIVE manager. 

You are expected to set up for the events that you work at Sam's Club the NIGHT BEFORE work which is a very labor intensive and time consuming task.  And guess what? You are not paid for all of your work! You are expected to show up to the office at 7001 Menaul and carry heavy boxes up and down stairs and to your car. You are NOT given any bending and lifting training, there is NOT a dolly available for you to use, and Jeff Sanchez sits at his desk and WATCHES you work while offering no help! You can VERY EASILY permanently injure your back while setting up for these events!

Jeff Sanchez constantly talks about his "6-figure" income when in fact he earns 24k/year. Almost everybody at Imperial Marketing Group boasts about their "high salary" when in fact NOBODY at Imperial Marketing Group earns more than 24k/year with NO paid time off, NO sick leave, NO holiday pay, NO 401k, and NO medical insurance.

In fact, Jeff Sanchez encourages you to purchase medical insurance from one of his friends which in no way you can afford because you are working 80-100 hours/week and getting paid LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE with NO time for any other activity! You are promised that if you follow the steps of this pyramid scheme, that you will earn "big money" and retire early. Guess what? LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE!

If you get a call from Jeff Sanchez, Chelsea Robinson, Matt Johnson, Thea Evans, or Natalie Chavez, beware - they are trying to recruit you into this ugly business!!! 

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds


AUTHOR: Top Leader - ()

I want to confirm the horrible allegations against this company. I was a high placed leader, above even Matt Jaohson, and moved into the position of Assistant Manager before he mysteriously packed up and left before paying me for that position, I worked side by side with Jeff Sanchez and witnessed his worst. He has since closed up shop and moved to Atlanta, along with Matt. Natalie Chavez, a 19 year old, was fired because she was allowed to handle paychecks for the company and was shaving everybodyies hours. Now I will say Jeff tried to pay for what he thought he could get sued for, but he skimmed hours, skimmed money. And for how much he made? He lost money, he was in debt to Smart cirlce after less than a year in operation. He Bitched and moaned for 30 minutes about having to buy 6 employees lunch at subway after working 5 hours at his storage unit because he wanted us to clock it in. He did this because the company did not pay hourly to anybody who earned a higher comission rate, but, wait, you can't earn comission working outside hours.

Not to mention I myself worked average of 60-70 hours a week and was only paid 10 hours overtime on my best days. But I will say this, I made better money for Jeff than I did working for the woman who followed him. Devanie Baker, owner of Albuquerque Marketing Company, was a heartless b***h who sent me back and forth from Santa Fe 3 times in one week and then paid me $10.50 gas money. She cut everybodies hours, forced us all to have dinners and meetings with our "Team Members" weekly, and paid for none of it. She also threatened firing for anybody who complained about the extra hours. On top of this, she then positioned me, who was the top leader at the time, into a position where I was forced to quit, because she took me off the schedule for a week, because one of my team members couldn't average sales above 900 a day. No mention that my other team members were removed from my team and put into leadership, no mention about my having to travel for three months straight for jeff, this b***h, after realizing that I had travelled so much and had no time to see my girlfriend for 2 months because I was in Roswell, then Demanded I hop on a jet to L.A. to go sell a product following the roadshow BY THE CLIENT. I threw a fit, my team members were sent instead, and she "Gave me time to think on my future in the company" I politely excused myself from her company, but I don't even put it on resume's I am so ashamed of what we were forced to do. We learned lies about products, then were told "tell the Truth" we learned horror stories about these products and were told "Everybody makes mistakes, it's not the product" and we were wheeled and Dealed all over the country for less than minimum wage. Worstly, if you do make money, THEY POST YOUR PAYCHECK on the company flyer. My best paycheck was little more than 1100 after taxes, which sounds good, but keep in mind, I had only 900 on comission for two weeks, over 150 in back pay for renting cars, buying gas, and driving across two states in 48 hours for these assholes and another 50 in overtime, when I worked almost 25 hours of overtime that week.

The really frightening thing is that the Roadshow Division, which was imperial marketing and is Now ABQ marketing group, is the best paid. These guys run scams in coupons, DirectTV, and even b2b ,marketing. Tei consulting is also under this psuedonym, and also DirectTV hires these people for work at Sams and Costco. if you are approached by these people at a Sam's or a Costco and feel they seem agressive, REPORT IT, they lose their job when a customer complains, and you will be doing them a favor, furthermore, if Sams and Costco realize the kind of savagery these people are brainwashing into these kids, Smartcircle will be back to working in booths out of parking lots and doing Door to door with their products. 

Smart Circle products include ME Makeover Essentials, Whip-it cleaners, Sevan Bakery, Body Comfort in Sams (Mall boco is legit), Gourmet Traditions Cutlery, Stylehouse Straighteners (Mall is Not Smart circle), Mops, Avani skin products, and some mops and car wax that haven't reached NM yet. This is a national corporation that subsists on new People all the time. If you start with them, ask yourself why no Onwer has been there more than two years, EVEN JULIA DAVIS, one of the bigwigs, who I personally sat down with, she is younger than me. These people WILL make you invest up to 3000 of your own money before you become an owner, and you will leave owing them, quit before you get to Assistant and you can help drain them a bit.




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#2 UPDATE Employee

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AUTHOR: anonymous - (United States of America)

Hello, I am a current employee of the company. I have worked for the company for about 3 months now. I have interacted with Jeff, Matt and Natalie..and have had nothing but positive experiences....I have been paid for everything I have done, If anything I have been rewarded (moniterally) for the hard work I have done. We also work inside costco's and Sam's clubs...these companies would not allow any company like you are describing to be apart of pay their workers less than minimum wage...and from my experience at the company I have never been paid less than minimum wage...Do you have proof that you were paid less than minimum wage? You also said he got paid 24k/yr...did he show you his payroll? Please respond cause if this is the case then I would like to know so I can quit

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