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|Written by Bardia Sinaee|
|Monday, 30 June 2008 19:00|
Like any student preparing to pay next year’s tuition, I’m always ready to jump at the opportunity to make great money at a part-time job. This is why an ad on my local newspaper’s website caught my attention.
The entire process seemed too perfect. A search on Facebook revealed dozens of anti-Vector groups – one with over 500 members – littered with young adults’ personal accounts of losing time, money, and even friends while working for the corporation. A Google search found a 1992 survey of 940 Vector recruits which revealed “that almost half either earned nothing or lost money working for Vector."
© 2008 Bardia Sinaee; licensee (Cult)ure Magazine.
I had an awful experience with them. Just being kicked out of my parents house and laid off of the job I had, I am broke and almost homeless. I decided to look on the Internet for local jobs hiring and found vector. I called in and was set up for an interview 5 hours later. having to ride my bike 6 miles I left really early and had about 30 minutes to waste so I sat behind their building and used my itouch to steal their wifi and research the job. I found this page and read it right before my interview. Feeling very discouraged I lost all motivation for the job but went anyways to see if it wasn't as bad as it sounded. I had gotten there and spoke to the receptionist who gave me a piece of paper that I had to fill out. Promptly after, I had spoken to the manager who looked at my halfway completed application and said I had passed screening and that he would see me at the second interview that would take about an hour. Now since i had already done some reading about this interview and knew what was going on I kept cutting the manager off in what he was saying and finished it for him. Then he went on to say the handles are made out of the same stuff as bowling balls which is a flat out lie. Then he asked me to help with the demonstration using an old knife and do push down on a piece of leather that he was holdng. Resisting the urge to shove it in his neck I agreed, now this knife was rusty and extremely dull so I put all of weight into it and shoved his arms straight to the table. From then on it wasn't that bad, until he informed us all something that made everyone twitch. We needed to pay HIM 170.something to work!!!!!!! Come on if I was going there for a job obviously I'm broke, if I had that money it would not be going to that [removed] it would be going to my 2 month late rent or maybe food. And to add insult to injury after the hour long presentation he called me back into his office and basically told me I had one week to come up with the cash or I will be "inefficient salesman because I will not have personal experience with the knives and will not have the demo set to show a customer therefore I can not work" AND THEN had to make another 6 mile ride home up hill after dark and windy as all hell..... I will not be going back for the other training sessions, rather I will spend that time walking up and down main street looking for a better job. The only thing good that came out of this was now I don't have to be afraid of an Interview. Sorry if the spelling or grammer is bad on this, but touchscreens are hard to type on lol
Get over yourselves
Vector Marketing is a great company. Im going to be an assistant manager this summer, and if it wernt for Vector, i would still be doing nothing with my life. You people are all angry becasue you didnt have the will power to stick with it and fight through the hard times, or maybe your just a bad sales person. I am really sick of hearing about people basing Vector. I have made 10,000 over the past 6 months, im making more than my parents make right now.
Amen to that!
I'm an Assistant Manager right now and I've been with the company for over a year. I absolutely love it. I completely stand behind our recruitment methods. The key word most Vector-bashing wimps seem to miss here is "opportunity." We promote an unprecedented opportunity for experiential and financial growth unlike any other. Is it hard work? Hell yes!! It's a massive challenge! But what other working environment can College kids go where their hard work is rewarded. You can bust your tail in retail all you want, and in 6 months you might get a 50 cent raise. In my opinion, THAT'S a SCAM. Vector Marketing is all about providing students with the opportunity to develop skill sets that will last a life time and be an asset to any professional field. AND provides a unique pay structure where hard work is ACTUALLY REWARDED. I hate Vector bashing sites, in the words of Margot- GET OVER YOURSELVES. don't feel like working hard and fighting through challenges in life? Go work for min wage in retail, and look forward to a life where raises are smaller then my pocket change- Nuff said.
I got the same letter and I have applied for a position at Vector. I haven't called to schedule an interview because I have some doubts about the company, which is normal. I have done my research. I searched "do vector sales reps have to have their own transportation?" on google and I found a lot of results, most of which said negative stuff about Vector. I also looked on both cutco and Vector sites to learn as much as I possibly could about the company. They seem to spend more time informing you about their knifes than the sales position. If you have already scheduled an interview, my advice is to have a boatload of questions for the them.
I just started working for the company. Honestly, it wasn't what I was expecting... I assumed that I would be managing already pre-qualified customers and making some phone calls, I also half expected to go through my own networks but I was really hoping that wouldn't be the case. In the end,I learned what the job entailed (making my own phone calls and conducting my own appointments through my network) so in that respect I was let down. However, their referral system is pretty brilliant so it's not like you'll run out of customers.
These people (Vector Marketing SNAKES) are pretty bad. No, not cult of scientology bad (they don't have prison camps @ gilman hot springs or a paramilitary "sea org") but do I consider them a cult?
the truth behind vector
i have had a wonderful experience with vector marketing. The resume i have now is so awesome i have been offer 4 salary jobs outside of vector and a 3 management opportunities within the company. The job is not for every one, but if you follow the program you will be successful. My story is one filled with adversity brought on by me not following the program. I did not come from money but this job has taught me the know how to manage it. i recommend this job to all my friends, and my prayer is for each of them to have the resume i do, if they stick with the company or not. i want to teach them every thing i know and help them the whole way through, matter a fact i do the same offer to representative of the company that is following the program. i tell each of them i am only a phone call away! i am a living testimony those who talk to their managers the most sale the most. important PDI! rather call in every day than go in to the office after every appointment i live 54 miles from my office one way.
The truth about Vector? More like the BS about the website.
The thing people need to realize is that the news and the media don't care about truth. They care about ratings and viewership, and they will say whatever it takes to get the most people to tune in, regardless of whether or not what they're saying is actually true.
I've been working for Vector/Cutco for about a month now. I've known about the company for close to a decade because my cousin worked for them, and I've read pages upon pages about them online. My friend from high school recruited me because he thought I would be good at the job. This is important. If you have no sales experience and poor communication skills, this is NOT the job for you.
$20,000 a year ??? ...big deal.
Dear Margot, First I want to assure readers that there is no shame working an entry level job - You gotta start somewhere. However, your comment had a bragging tone to it. 10,000 over 6 months is nothing to brag about. If this is all your "will power" got you, you have a below average level of will power. If this is all you earn as an "Assistant Manager" you are being cheated. I'm low man on the totem pole at my work, which requires brief training and fewer skills, and I still make more than you. Sorry I have to be the one to bring it, but, Margot, you need a serious reality check. Vector only wants to use you to make a profit and give you as little as possible in return. Please quit this job and go do something with your life.
Dear Christopher, first I was to assure Margot that there is no shame doing what she's doing- she's al least doing something. However, your comment had a condescending tone to it. Low man on the totem pole is nothing to brag about. If this is all your "reality check" has got you, you must have very low prospects on life. If you are concerned purely about what you earn while residing in your current staff position, you are cheating yourself. I'm an Advanced Sales Rep and Key Staff Member at Vector, which requires extensive training and marketable skills, and my job title is more impressive than yours. Sorry I have to be the one to bring it, but, Christopher, you need a serious reality check. You are a low profile worker ant with a unsatisfactory resume whereas I have already had 2 decent job offers offering me more than what I am paid here. Yet I push on for better experience. Please quit posting like you are the king of the internet, and do something with your existence.
Dear Kellery, I'm sorry that you have no shame. That you are good in manipulating people, that don't really have money, to buy knives. You like greed know this, when someone quits the whole office starts calling that person names. Everyone these days only care for themselves. Vector is full of greed, knows how to manipulate people, and overall not a scam but on the edge of it. Good for you getting offered 2 "decent jobs", but Kellery, you need a serious reality check. If you are proud of your pitiful, manipulative, making people feel sorry for you with lies work, then this shouldn't bother someone as low as you. In matter a fact the Vector Community. Hey all companies are like this.