In a city with the REAL unemployment rate is reported in the local newspaper at over 20%, as long time Las Vegas local with a formal education [MBA] greater than 90% of the local labor force, I've worked over 8 years on a part time weekend basis for 2 other companies similar to Market Source.
A little history first. These 'marketing' companies like MarketSource that contract with big name electronics clients [like HP, Toshiba, Intel, Panasonic, Canon, Microsoft, etc.] to supply part time sales reps in 'vendor' electronics stores [Best Buy, Office Max, Office Depot, etc.] are essentially employment agencies offering no benefits while earning their profits from taking a large hourly cut of their employees' hourly wage paid by their electronic company clients.
In the late 90s I was paid a decent hourly wage of $13 to $15 an hour by "TMG Solutions" [Texas, declared bankruptcy but reorganized as 'Mosaic'] to work on weekends as a 'demo specialist' presenting various electronic products to consumers at mostly Best Buy and CompUSA stores. [continued below]....
..... That is until I was fired by an emotionally distraught female supervisor I'd 'politely' criticized in email for sending me the ILOVEYOU virus while not notifying me, or 100s of other field specialists of the virus in a timely fashion [that I managed to save from the virus with a simply mass email].
I was contacted through Monster.com and hired by ActionLink in 2005 to provide the same 'type' of part time demo presentations in electronics stores that had been transformed from a focus on demonstrations into hard core non commissioned sales position using aggressive sales tactics now paying a reasonable $17 an hour. Middle and upper management at first seemed qualified, responsive and responsible, but that soon changed over the next few years when incompetent upper managers from a failed similar company replaced the old management [see http://www.jobvent.com/actionlink-llc-job-reviews-C7018 'Working at ActionLink, LLC Reviews by Employees'].
Since I predominantly sold Toshiba laptops at Circuit City for $17/hour on weekends for the later 2 years working for ActionLink, once Circuit City stores across the US went out of business in Jan of 2009, ActionLink never contacted me again to work for them after Dec 2008 - except to 'terminate' me claiming I had never contacted them for 6 months [when I of course had contacted them many times asking why I have no assignments].
Now on to MarketSource. On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 a "Guy Kabwenge | Talent Acquisition Specialist" at MarketSource corporate headquarters, Atlanta, sent me an email expressing "I think you are great match for a job opportunity that I m currently recruiting for". So I called him via the toll fee number. I had worked with quite a few MarketSource's HP reps at various Best Buy and Circuit City stores in the past. Some of their HP reps were quite qualified while many of their 'non HP' reps [for other printers] seemed very unqualified. 'Guy' told me it was a 'permanent' part time job consisting of 10 hours as an HP Rep at a Best Buy on weekends and 1.5 hours for each weekday trip [a few each week] to give HP product info training to Office Depot/Office Max sales associates.
'Guy' acknowledged I was 'over qualified' while offering me $13/hour and not the $15/hour + bonuses [yielding usually $16 to $17 an hour] I knew their HP Field Reps made in 2007 working Fri, Sat and Sunday for about 12 hours/week. Since a $4/hour pay cut for me compared with ActionLink and a $2/hour pay cut from what I knew their Sales Reps made 3 years earlier, I questioned 'Guy' on it. He of course blamed HP for the $2/hour pay cut MarketSource now paid their HP Reps 3 years later when there's been a 4.5% increase in the cost of living from 2007 to 2010 [US inflation calculator at http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/]. I was paid the same $13/hour rate to perform the same exact job in 1997. Despite a 35.0% increase in the cost of living over the last 13 years when I was paid the same $13/hour offered by MarketSource to perform the exact same work I did in 1997 for TMG Solutions, I still 'acted' enthusiastic about the position because I have no job and am quickly running out of savings.
After about a half hour phone interview and 45 minutes on the phone with 'Guy' admitting to me 'I'm a 'sales pro' and again acknowledging me as 'over qualified', he verbally asked me to go to an in-person interview with the LA area district manager responsible for and visiting Las Vegas this up coming Saturday. But he claimed he didn't yet know the hotel the District Manager would be staying in or the time for the interview. I 'enthusiastically' agreed to this in-person interview over the phone with Guy. He again confirmed via email a few hours later that he'd call me the next day [yesterday] with the interview location and time. I never did get the call back Guy promised both verbally and in email confirming the interview time and location after intentionally staying home all day to avoid missing his call...
These Sales 'n Marketing 'Employment Agencies' hiring part time 'sales associates' at vendor electronic stores at one time paid a reasonable hourly wage from their 'cut of the profits', but it now seems obvious to me they have all taken the 'lower road' to corporate greed, and dishonesty, typically found throughout the sociopathic workplace now readily found in Corporate America....