Report: #104131

Complaint Review: GQ Imports - Woburn Massachusetts

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  • Reported By: Lowell Massachusetts
  • GQ Imports Gill St, Woburn, Massachusetts U.S.A.

GQ Imports, Winners Advertising, Tryus Promotional Concepts ripoff, scam, employment scam, job scam Woburn Massachusetts

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Embarassing

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: really embarassed that i worked here...

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I found the advertisment for GQ imports in the Boston Globe recently, so I decided to check it out.

I called them, and they schedueled an inteview with me for the next day. I decided to do some research and upon further study, I notice that all the information on the website was extremely vague and misleading.

I still decided to give it a chance though, and went to the first interview.

When I got there, I was greeted by an owner, and the only other person there was Jennifer, the rebuttal you have seen written.

For 20 minutes, he avoided answering all of my questions like the plague, and when it came down to it, he wouldn't tell me what it actually was. All I learned was that it was a company tha works with various companies. I think he could tell I was sketched out by this nefarious company so he started talking about video games to me to break my walls down.

He really was not that successful, as I got out of my interview having no idea what the pay was, what the job was or whether it was salary or commission. The office was small and sketchy, and he told me he was picking out of 40 possible candidates and he would choose 3 and call me by 5.

He called exactly at 5, and told me come in 9-6.

I decided to look it up online and I found numerous links to bad comments about this company and its 17 different names.

I found this link, and got a little frightened that I was going to waste my day.

So I called them up, and asked them about it. He said that I should dress professionally, bring the resumes and wear comfortable shoes and that I should bring a friendly attitude. I decided to not go, but I am thoroughly agitated that companies like this are allowed to exist.

Lowell, Massachusetts

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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds


AUTHOR: Mr - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Friday, June 30, 2006
I too am ashamed at myself for working at that scam company. I worked there for five months and had built a "crew of 4" that is required to advance. I got into the "leadership" role which only meant you came in earlier and stayed later and of course made less because you had to teach your other brainwashed co-workers that what they were doing was good and that it would all pay off and that there was "room at the top for everyone"

I really love how they tell you you can open your own location anywhere you want, but I've never seen anyone have a choice. Vic got shipped out to chicago, Mike D, out to maryland..

The owner of the company tries to make you feel like you're losing out if you dont sell his cheap crap for an 'amazing price of 9.99' The fact of the matter is, he tries to figure out what you like and then plays off of it.... He knew I was a huge red sox fan, and him, a NYY fan... he called me at home during a sox/yanks game....

I can not believe I worked for Mike Kriss and I can not believe that I scammed other people on a "day of observation" that what we were doing was legit business.

If any of you are thinking of working there, this is what happens:

Day 1 - First Interview, ususally the same day you call

Day 2 - You drive around in a car all day with two of these 'future business owners' and they do a real number on you, convincing you its legit, and its smart to use people our own age that we have things in common with, its set up that way so you can build a rapport with your 'victim' who is just driving around with you, doing nothing but watching and wondering if the train station is close by so you can get back to anderson station in woburn and high tail it out of there!

Day 3 and beyond - You are now a slave to Mike Kriss He will dangle "in 3 weeks, you'll be building your own crew" or give you keys to his stupid a*s red bull machine and get you to sell this stuff to everyone else.... I usually just gave it away to people..... I had the key for a while.... When I left, I still had it and he was afraid of me because I am twice his size... thats the reason he took me and the other big guy in the office to DC with him, because deep down, he's just a big puss

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

really embarassed that i worked here...

AUTHOR: R.I.P - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Friday, January 07, 2005
kinda liked working at my branch cuz it was kids my own age (just finished college), your allowed and somewhat encouraged to act silly (i'm a goof ball), and i smoked mad weed with my leader and other fellow distributors and leaders (both while at work and after work). o and also wanted to see how good i would be at selling other things besides drugs. so don't censor me, i'm being honest..

but hey enough about me let's break it down for all the parties involved....

alright it's simple marxian economics...your not being paid properly for the amount of work you're putting in, and when you factor in the other costs(gas,lunch,lost benefits,car maintenance,new suites) then you're really losing out. you might get strung along with the whole "will be a branch manager in 3-6 months" crap but honestly there's only so many offices innovage/dsmax wants to open. so what? all 15-30 people in the office are going to be owners? what about the 15-30 people in all the other offices around the country? them too? obviously not...that's why it's a very competitive business...well then that means you're only going to get successful first by exploiting your workers and getting people to stay at a job that's not compensating them well and with a small chance of upward mobility, coupled with a false hope of success. and secondly by selling cheap, third rate products made in sweatshops over in china to unknowing, impulsive consumers out there for a very high profit return (90-95%) that will mostly go to the manager and the corporate people instead of to you(who did all the hard work but is told will be rewarded later,"you'll see") and sometimes you're forced to rip off people in your very own town! i mean considering all the probabilities involved YOU probably won't be promoted to a manager unless you can scam people into sticking with your crew long enough so that you can get promoted, eventhough most of your crew won't even be rewarded/compensated, in those 3-6 months if at all, for all the time and money they put into the company. "just waving a carrot in front the slow turtle." i guess owning your own company is fine and all but i mean a lot of people can make over 100k a yr if they put in the amount of overtime some of these owners and asst managers have to put in. i don't know, i think dsmax/innovage needs those poor brainwashed sales people, who are getting ripped off, a lot more than they do that small percentage of people who can actually succeed in a business like that. if they separated the offices into mgmnt training and sales then the management office would be like 2 or 3 people while the sales office would be like 40-50 people. plus they'd have to give the people in the sales office a bigger commission, otherwise no one would stick around.

it's just easier to combine the two and give the people that are only kept around for sales less money and getting away with it by justifying the rip-off with the whole "it's a management training program, you'll make the real money once you finish training and build a crew and open your own office and etc.." line of bullsh*t. I mean i don't have much morals or much of a conscience (which is prolly why i want to go into the music biz), but even i don't have that utter lack of morality and that void of conscienceness that these owners and other higher ups in this so called "business" must possess in order to succeed. in other words i may be able to be some type of lowlife in the music industry, but most definetly not the type of scumbag you would need to be as an owner. by the way the only reason i stuck around for like 2 weeks was cuz my manager kept saying the company was going to branch out into entertainment.

i didn't stick around long enough to find out what he meant by that but i bet it was either yanni tickets or toy keyboards made in china for 10 cents each but sold in america for a ridiculously low price of 9.99! o plus the stupid sales tax that no one ever wants to pay! hahaha
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