Global Advertising Pulled the old switch-a-roo!!!! Addison Illinois
After reading these reports on this company, I feel much better about the terrible experience I had. I had no idea that they were a scam, though...I just thought they were a really crappy company.
I got the usual email-We have received your resume, congratulations, you have been selected for an interview with our manager, blah, blah, blah...
I went for my first round of interviewing, and like everyone else, was surprised at how small, crummy, cheap, and stuffy their office was. It looked to me like they had just moved in! After reading these reports, though, now I know they have been there for about two to three years! As I was told, they only had one bathroom, and it, unfortunately, was out of service. I discovered this when I went in to use it and found it clogged. Now, I had just done an hour long drive there and had, like several others, had coffee to jump start my day. With that combination, an out of service bathroom was not what I wanted facing me.
I sat down, after filling out the top of my application and handing the receptionist my resume. Here is where the switch comes in. I had applied for and was supposed to be interviewing (or so I thought) for the receptionist position! Turns out, I was being considered for one of their Marketing positions! I have no background in marketing, but I figured What the heck!
Like most everyone who has posted about this company, I too was amazed at how short, informal, and all around lacking in information my interview was. I was given the basic explaination about who they are and what they do. I suppose I threw a wrench into the obviously-rehearsed monologue by asking What other companies do you represent? I couldn't help it....I was curious. I got the run-down of the list-3 charities!- I had just gotten, and was treated like I hadn't been listening.
Here comes the fun part.
So, I was called back the same day to come in the next day for the second round of interviews. Well, apparently, someone was misinformed, because I sat in their crappy waiting room on a chair while everyone else around me was called back and came out in one minute with a rep (now I know they were going out on the road for an exercise in futility...). I waited for about 20 minutes, then was finally called. When I was finally called, though, I was told that someone along the way had called me BY MISTAKE!
I remained composed and told them who had called me. Here's where their famous lying to your face comes in. The woman who gave me this news informed me that the woman who had called me could not possibly be the one who called me because she does not do phone calls. I told them Thank you for your time and headed out the door.
Now, I had had a family situation that made it impossible for me to drive myself to this interview, so I had to wait for my ride to come back. It was raining pretty steadily and HARD, so I went back in and asked them if I could wait inside. They got all nervous and told me to go into the conference room and wait. As it turns out, they had more interviews lined up for the day and wanted me out of the way.
I went into the conference room, and, lo and behold, there was the woman who had called me by mistake. I listened to her phone at least 20 people by the time I left, and each time she said her name, I got a bit more peeved. They had told me that no one by her name made phone calls, and here I was listening to her call people and tell them that they were wanted for their second interview!
By this time, I was fed up and wanted nothing more than to go home and take a cold shower, since their air conditioning was, once again, not on. The temperature was 80 degrees outside, the doors were closed because it was raining like crazy outside, and I was dressed up. I was ready to get out of there. As a matter of fact, I was so ready to get out that I did not even stop to tell them that I was leaving and to thank them for letting me stay inside.
All in all, my entire experience with this company peaked when I was contacted for my initial interview, and went downhill from there.