Recently, i was working as an independant contractor for a company called Progressive LTD. Progressive does sales for Comcast in California, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. I was hired on about four weeks ago and told that we would get paid for training. A guy by the name of Dale Critzer who is supposed to be their National sales manager, told myself and other new recruits that we would get the training money or any compensation from the deals/contracts that we wrote. He also told us that we would get paid in three weeks but could take advances since this is a commission only job.
After my first week the story began to change. Now all of a sudden some new people were being brought on board and being told different things. One of them was that they would be paid money (100.00) per day for training. Dale never told them about the 100.00 actually being a draw. I knew it was and told the new recruits this.
Eventually they quit because of the incongruencies in stories. I guess i hung in there because i didn't think comcast would let somebody sell their products and give them a bad reputation in the market. The truth is we were taught to lie to customers and tell them that comcast was doing work in the area and that we were just there to tell them that. Bullshit, we were there to sell them period. I was uncomfortable with this approach and after i got through my third week i told my manager that i could not do this anymore. He told me to take some time off and clear my head and that he would call me with my paycheck the next monday. The call never came and when i called Dale he never returned my calls. That was until today (7-8-09). He emailed me to tell me that per my contract i was not entitled to my money. That i would have to have written 15 deals per week. Nobody was able to write 15 deals per week and even my manager could not produce that. Dale who was supposed to be the national manager was out writing deals to and he never got 15 per week. Now they are telling me i won't get my money. That might be true but i'm hoping that somebody reads this and will not fall for the trap that i fell for. They are a "chop shop" using new recruits to make money for the higher ups and then not paying them for the work that they do.
I hope you read this before you go and work for them.