Vector Marketing is a company that sells a knife set made by Cutco. Cutco knives are really good but really expensive. I have several friends that have worked for this company and after investigating some more I have decided that they are full of shit. Despite Cutco being a real good product the way they treat their employees is terrible. You see job postings by them that do not state what the job is, all they say is "no cold calling or canvassing". They also have a base pay of anywhere from $12.50-$19.50+. Now people contact them thinking that they will be making that per hour. What they don't tell you is that is per appointment which usually lasts 2-3 hours and only if someone doesn't buy anything. If someone buys something its either the base pay OR commission depending which is greater. You are not paid for training and you need to buy the knife set to do demonstrations. So instead of making money you are spending it.
This company will hire anyone that is stupid enough to take the job. Yes A FEW people have made good money from them but more people have made very little or nothing. You need to get your own leads which start off as friends and family. Then you need to ask the people who you present to for referrals. You then contact those referrals and see if you can get an appointment with them to demonstrate these knives. Once again, the knife sets they sell are a really good product. The way that they market is morally wrong.
They also tell you that they will give you money for college. I have heard this is true from some people and others say its not. I am not going to say if it is true or not simply because I do not know.
Now lets talk about the professionalism of the company employees. I called up Vector Marketing a couple years ago to confront them about their ways. I asked the receptionist who answered the phone if they enjoy ripping their employees off. She acted like she had no idea what I was talking about. She told me I was misinformed. I asked her to tell me if employees need to pay for the knife set and she said yes. I said that's all I needed to know and hung up.
These receptionists are receiving calls daily from people that have worked for the company calling them a rip off and asking for their money. They also receive calls from people wanting to schedule an interview. Some people will do research and once they find out the company is bullshit they will call back and cancel. The receptionists will become very rude because they have an interview quota to make. So they basically are sales people. They even hire tons of receptionists over the summer months because that is when they recruit college kids. They have reps from the company go to schools and ask the students to fill out information cards. Then the receptionists will call them up to set up an interview. They also have signs along the road advertising $19.50 per hour then it says their number.
I put an ad on Craigslist letting people know that the company is a rip off and not to apply. A couple hours later I received an email from a Vector Marketing Sales Representative calling me a "Fucking Idiot". They said that I have no idea what I am talking about and how it is a great company and they give you money for college and blah blah blah. Wow, an amazing person to represent the company huh?
My advice is to not work for this company. You will most likely make little if not any money. It is a revolving door because no one stays. I will probably get hate mail and/or rude comments on this blog but I don't care. I am just stating the facts about this company. Great product, shitty and deceiving ways to market the product.
UPDATE: I have received responses to this blog entry and I would like all of you to check out a real detailed site about Vector Marketing knifeup.com.