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Complaint Review: Harrison Scott Associates - Saint Louis Missouri

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  • Harrison Scott Associates 2 Cityplace Dr. Saint Louis, Missouri U.S.A.

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I was contacted by Harrison Scott Associates in St. Louis Missouri regarding a new career position. I met with a very smooth salesman ? James L. McGregor. He guaranteed me that he could find me a new position with more money. It sounded too good to be true so I did some investigation. It turns out that Harrison Scott Associates is Bernard Haldane Associates with a new name. The Harrison Scott Associates Office is owned by James L. McGregor, a former Haldane salesperson of the year and Jerry Wienger, the former CEO of Haldane. James L. Jim McGregor has been in trouble in several states. Jerry Weinger and Bernard Haldane Associates has been the target of numerous Attorney General Investigations. It appears that they have changed their name to Harrison Scott Associates to avoid the bad press. I recommend that anyone interested in Harrison Scott Associates search Haldane on the net and see complaints from all over the country. Read the Attorney General investigations. What a bad lot. It is a shame they can just change their name and continue to dupe innocent people.

Do your homework before you get involved with this Harrison Scott Associates and Jim McGregor.

John
St. Louis, Missouri
U.S.A.

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#5 General Comment

I ALSO was contacted by Jim McGregor

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

POSTED: Friday, September 25, 2009

I am looking for work.  Jim called me and made it seem like I was being recruited.

Jim got my resume off of Careerbuilder. He hinted that there they didn't have a job in particular but never mentioned that this was a career counseling service that I paid for until I found this on the web.

He was eager to meet me for lunch. I got a bad feeling about this and hung up the phone. It felt very shady and he was definitely not forthcoming. AVOID.

I got a bad feeling about this and hung up the phone. It felt very shady and he was definitely not forthcoming.

 

AVOID.

Here is their contact info:

Jim McGregor

http://www.hscottassociates.com/

314 236 5050

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#4 Consumer Suggestion

I was contacted by Harrison Scott - Jim McGreagor

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

POSTED: Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Well, it stated in their rebuttal that they do not contact anyone unless they get contact for their services. I DID NOT CONTACT THEM FOR THEIR SERVICES. I have postings on various career sites and have answered various actual job postings, not headhunting or job service ones. I also have a voice mail saved that was their initial contact from them & says that. When I returned the call, I ask what job it was in reference to and was told that they were not at liberty to discuss specifically over the phone. If I was still interested, they will keep me on file for future contact and then call me when something comes up!

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#3 UPDATE Employee

Sad Competition Hoax

AUTHOR: Guy Mcpherson - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Harrison Scott Associates is a very reputable firm with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Unfortunately, the competition does not like our money back guarantee, so they wrote these lies to try to hurt Harrison Scott.

Choose smart, choose a company that guarantees their work, and doesn't go around spreading rumors and lies about their competition.

If they weren't such a deceitful company that does rip off people, they wouldn't be afraid of a company that helps people and guarantees that they will get results, or their money back.

I am an accountant for Harrison Scott Associates, and I can tell you that their have been a few dissatisfied clients, and those people have always been refunded their fees. 99% of the people who use Harrison Scott Associates recommend us to their friends.

Thank you,
Guy McPherson

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#2 Consumer Comment

OVERPRICED CAREER CONSOULER

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

POSTED: Friday, May 16, 2008

No one really needs the services of this type of business unless you have a lot of money to throw away. These services should be offered at your state emlpyment office, a college placement center, and/or a non credit course offered by a community college, or learning type facility. I took a course through a company here in Houston called Leisure Learning. They offer 1 and 2 day classes in various things like cooking, Microsoft Office, rock climbing, basic auto maintenance, etc.
The class I took was called Finding and Getting the Job You Want. for a mere 117.00 + the cost of a book/binder of information, that was all I needed.

Since these over priced career centers cannot guarantee you a job, why fall for such a scheem?

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

POSTED: Friday, May 16, 2008

HarrisonScott Associates is a small, locally-owned and operated business that prides itself on providing exemplary value and customer service to each client, and on delivering what we promise: Outstanding career development and job search services. We are not and do not advertise ourselves as a job placement agency, and contact prospective clients only after they themselves initiate an interest in the services we offer.

Although we are confident that our program and services will enable the candidate to be successful in their job search, we do not promise prospective clients that we will find them newer, high paying positions. Following a careful (and mutual) screening process, we work with select professionals who are successful in their current field, are self-directed, and are eager to assume the responsibility to learn and apply the tools and techniques we provide to enable them to satisfy their current and future career development needs.

We invite anyone who wishes to see for themselves who we are and what we have to offer to visit our website at www.hscottassociates.com or to contact us directly at 314-212-2777.

Listed below are just a few of the comments that our clients have sent to us over the past 3 years.

Great to hear from you. We are well. Just finished the family move to Connecticut. We are working on getting established in a new area. Kids remained behind in St. Louis for the month of June with friends. That is our next hurdle - getting them settled. But it is coming together. I am thoroughly enjoying the new challenge of running my own company. It's really thrilling to put it all together and watching it resonate with people. I know how important the first 100 days are, so we got after it pretty good.
Will always be grateful for your assistance and wise counsel! Your sitting and talking straight with me was invaluable. Never hesitate to contact me or write if I can help you or anyone else. All the best!
E.T.


I am doing well. I start tomorrow, January 11th. I turned in my contract yesterday and confidentiality agreement. I am really happy. Your ISTJ is super excited about this opportunity. I hope everything goes well. By the way, I got a call from Missouri College to teach health care management. I got a call from the Medicine Shoppe to work with them....I got a call from United Health Care for an interview. We must have done something right because I had to turn down some of those offers to interview.
I hope this is helpful. Thanks for everything. By the way, Greg took the Myers Briggs test yesterday. He is an ISFJ. You can laugh because I am an ISTJ. We will keep in touch.
A.A.

Sorry I haven't talked to you lately. I have been so busy getting prepared for my new position. In total, figuring in a company car, I figure the whole compensation package comes to $140K plus about a 10% commission. Not bad from an $80K flat salary job!! I will keep in touch. Thanks again for everything.
A.S.

Well, I start back to work on 6/1! I was also able to negotiate a 20% greater base salary (100K to 120K), as well as get a 10K signing bonus. They left the variable comp piece the same, so at plan, $220K is the total pay package. I am very happy! Just wanted you to know!
K.W.

As you know, I've accepted a job offer from (Major Bank), to work in its Private Client Group. I'll be working from the U.S. Bank Tower at 7th & Washington in downtown St. Louis. It's a newly-created job, and I was called because people at the bank thought I'd be right for it. It's being called a business development position, but has no specific sales goals. My starting salary is $80,000 per year, and with anticipated bonuses (based on the department's experience), I expect to be earning something in the low $90's.

I really appreciate your help. I would recommend Harrison Scott to others. I think the most valuable things I received were learning how to network and having someone to hold me accountable for networking--telling me how I was doing and encouraging me when I wasn't sure I was doing the right thing. I look forward to staying in touch. You've been terrific, and I've enjoyed knowing you.
T.E.

Well it finally happened. I guess the saying good things come to those who wait is true. I was offered a job and accepted with a company called (National Company) as a Lead Senior Business Analyst. They have several ERP software packages for consumer products manufacturing. . . . . . . Just wanted to let you know and to thank you for all your help and advice.
S.S.

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