• Report: #1037227
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Retro Consulting

  • Submitted: Fri, March 22, 2013
  • Updated: Fri, March 22, 2013

  • Reported By: Rob — Nottingham Nationwide
Retro Consulting
15 Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FH Nationwide United States of America

Retro Consulting Unique Client Solutions, Jam Industries, Simon Tomlinson - MISLEADING JOB ADVERTS, NO MINIMUM WAGE, SCAM Nottingham, Nationwide

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Finally!!!!

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I came across a company called Retro Consulting based in Nottingham, who had a lot of Job Adverts for positions in Sales on most of the main Job websites. As somebody who has been unemployed for over a year I have become desperate and decided to give them a go.

The Job advertisements are very misleading, they do not tell you that the job is commission only (therefore no minimum wage) and state the wage to be 15,000-20,000 with no experience neccesary, it quite simply looks too good to be true and they have clearly tried to draw as many people in as possible as the advert explains nothing. After all who would apply for a job where you aren't guaranteed to earn ANY money?

Retro Consulting operate out of a small office based at 15 Hockley, Nottingham, shared with another company called Jam Industries, which upon further research is involved in exactly the same thing (probably run by Tomlinson as well). When I attended my interview the place was full of other people filling out application forms. I had to wait for around 45 minutes for my meeting with the Managing Director, Simon Tomlinson, until he called me into his office. 

Tomlinson asked me the usual interview questions, what are your strengths, where do you see yourself in five years time, blah blah blah. He told me that they offer opportunities to advance into a senior management position within six months of employment, claimed that they were an international company with offices all over Europe (although their website suggested that they are a small business) and invited me back the next day for 'training' and refrained from answering any questions about the job, assuring me that "it will all be explained tomorrow". Pretty much all he told me about the job was that it involved selling Lovefilm packages. Tomlinson even suggested that I could start work within a few days! 

The 'training' consists of observing an existing salesman within the company, I was told that I would be there until 8pm and all the Job consists of is knocking on doors attempting to sell Lovefilm! They claim to make their decision based on that, which is ridiculous as you will not be doing any work yourself! I was then offered a job and they told me that the pay would be commission only (very low commission rate), that's hardly the minimum 15,000 suggested in the description is it? If there is no basic salary that should be clearly stated. RC have you working ridiculous hours for no minimum wage, whilst attempting to get your hopes up with promises of promotions to keep you onboard. 

After doing further research it seems this is a common business practice mostly associated with the Cobra Group, I'm guessing this is why Simon Tomlinson was referring to Retro Consulting as an international company, they are probably part of the Cobra Group! Retro Consulting are using the current unemployment levels to their advantage and bringing in people desperate for work, Simon Tomlinson, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds


AUTHOR: dish best served cold - ()

I'm so glad you wrote this, I know of this company, worked there myself, lasted about 3 days.

Very very long working hours, didn't get a single penny, and then started to do my research. Complete and utter scam.

Worked with the women called Alexandre and Julie same thing, promised me everything you said, and seemed all good. Then the first day started and there were too many red flags to count. I was in the same boat as you, hadn't had a job for a while, so I was really happy I got this job.

Also working on commission based only £5.00 per item sold, even though during the 16 hour interview none of this was said. The office is behind, what looks like an art gallery from the outside, Boxes and Boxes of make-up merchandise, all brought from china, and they were telling customers that they were a mineral based brand called "Make Over Essentials" and they were just starting up and promoting their brand from USA before it hits the stores. This was over a year ago and even now, they're saying the same stuff.

Now they operate in busy cities close to Nottingham. I was working in Derby Westfield Centre. I went through all the training and what not to do. I witnessed the sales team, taking credit card details over the phone including security codes and card details. The product was £29.99 and you were getting £140.00 worth of free make-up with the promotion. No refunds were given, They were charging more then they were stating plus they didn't tell the customers that there was a small charge with using their cards. 

The office was a whole other world. There were no recipets printed, it was all cash in hand, no records or anything. And Apparently everyone who worked there was 24 years old. Literally Everyone. From the boss to managers to the sales staff, everyone was the same age and making at least £3,000 a week in commission. 

After seeing sales members taking credit card details over the phone from the sales teams in other cities, I found the excuse to leave and never returned. They also told me not to tell the job centre or benefit agency about me working their. No form of ID was asked for, None whatsoever.

These people prey on the desperate. it will all seem amazing when you start, but please don't fall for this scam. The company has many names and that change every 6 months: Retro consulting, Jam Industries, Love Film, SSC Marketing, Thinking Forward Events (This is the new name) and many more to come. If trading standards got involved, they could clear out their office within 20 mins flat.  The address from the USA doesn't exsist. Everything they say is a lie. They rip people off for a living. Walk away

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