From Stockton CA — 04/03/2010
Before I really get started, let me explain my position. The office I worked at (for Vector) was relatively close to school and home. My supervisors (like all supervisors) wanted me to make a sale and were actually interested in having a good working relationship with most individuals(so maybe that is something special I got, a nice boss who cares). My co-workers consisted of 18-30 yr olds; some with other jobs, some at school, some trying to just make money. I was inexperienced with sales, but a business major at the same time(so I was studying business and still am). I was not expecting a whole lot with the job and wanted to try to pick up some tips/experience for my own potential time in owning a business. I wanted some time in having money too. I was open minded to the experience.I found advertisement in the local paper, called and was asked to come in for an interview. I was told that the job had a relaxed atmosphere, worked around my schedule, and to be there at two. Filled out the paper work, had an interview along side another person, then a group interview followed by a job work shop of sorts. I was told what I was selling = Cutco Cutlery. For the interview I wore business casual as did others (never wear anything other than what 'says' business), and like the others came back to the three day training.went to the first day=was told about Cutco; general/basic sales tips (as they are explained in any type of course/class; and potential in pay.Second day=explained the system vector works with(no door to door etc. only those you know or someone you know, knows.); more sales pitch on how we could make money; and the vector presentation.3rd day= same as second, but further explained that we had kits to buy, our potential with Vector is as high as you allow it to be, and practice makes perfect. Oh and they explained a few ways to help customers save money(turn in old knifes for discount, get something for free if you buy a certain set). After first weekend of 'practice' I signed a contract (I was as most probably are contract employees). Worked for 6 or 8 months and had the best work experience in my life. this is of '09 and from a business major who looked at the experience as only a way to build skills, gain tips, and make some money. P.S. did I mention I like business?
Rating pay is difficult for this job. You probably can't actually. While working with them and looking at business reviews a few people were payed little or nothing and did not stay long. However, there are still others who I worked with that received a check up to a thousand and over. So I kept pay at a zero rating because your personal experience will be based on how hard you work. the people who were payed less worked less and those who were payed more worked more and was on the phone more. there are no sensible reasons to complain about how much you did not make when you did not put in the effort.If you don't want to work hard,this is not the job for you. Note: there is a base pay(for me 12.50)for every presentation you do. You will either get base pay or compensation depending on what is higher. There is also a rule to follow in order to get payed;Follow their demographics or don't get payed.A goofy but understandable rule.They want to make a sale not pay you for wasting time. That is why I kept a zero rating.
For the people I worked for, they showed respect along with acting like a boss/supervisor and making sure I got the job done. Those I worked with held themselves to a business like professional stature and did not speak ill of me to my face nor spread gossip(as I know of...lol). It still is not perfect and there are times when you may feel like just an employee when the boss wants to get the point across, however this is personal. I have that personality to take things heavily when much of what was said was still understandable for the situation. so thats a four rating and not 5.
Benefits I kept a 0 rating because your a contract employee. under contract you are not given benefits, however as a person who builds their career and runs an office, I do not know possible benefits. explore that on your own.
job security=0 There are not always visible guarantee that you will always continue, however there are individuals who are supervisors, who run offices and other positions.If you are open to moving you may work out of different offices and move up the ladder. For the time I spent I can not give an honest projection about what you WILL experience.That is also why career growth is also at a 0 rating for me. I did not have a huge growth experience however there are others who have. Like any job you need to explore what a business is about before joining.
Location is a 3 for me because my office was close and I did not mind the traveling. If you want a sell there are time where you might have to drive to another town, however this is dependable on you.
co-workers competence is at a three. Some co-workers were new people and you will always be surrounded by individuals who know what they are doing as well as don't. it is a very diverse office to work for.
work environment is a 4 because the team/skill building days got you involved! it did not just tell you information like some lecture, but got you to stand up, move around, yell, etc. that is exactly what you want as a employee and employer. also, the conventions are awesome! you are recognized for your accomplishments. a successful business is one that sets an outline for the employee to follow so that business may succeed. there are goals within the company to match and if done you are get some stuff and mentioned at the conference. not a 5 because this is what can happen not will. if you don't put into it, it wont happen. plus little groups may develop within job like high school. :(
work/life balance=0 again this job is up to you. I can not as many can't rate this. you are set schedule, but that only works if you honestly can do that.