The Slave Circle (Direct Marketing Devil Corp. Documentary)


Have you ever been walking through
a “big box” or grocery store and suddenly somebody comes up to you? “Hi there!” “Here, check it out!” Or you see a demonstration of a new,
limited-time-only product available for purchase? “So the entire five-piece set
retails for 55 dollars.” Well this is the true story about the business behind many of those products, the vast network of people hawking
those products, and the motivation behind all the selling: a motivation advertised as the answer
to all of one’s prayers – yet completely unattainable to
all but a select few. This business hides behind many names – the names of countless individually incorporated companies – in a move to give people the illusion of entrepreneurial freedom. These companies hire a variety of people
for positions with a variety of names; but that all do the same thing. They comprise a circle of individual companies that rely on a large amount of ambiguity and secrecy, and on a small set of
heavily-vetted scripts – scripts that the lower ranks are taught
to jot down – over and over again – in seemingly endless seas of notebook pages, so they can learn – and remember. The circle allows these companies to
network and conference with each other, and share strategies and workers, while demanding that these supposed “business owners” follow the commands of their parent company – which is never mentioned until you are actually employed at one of these places. The owners are treated as gods, while the lower ranks are taught to work
harder just to scrape by – slaves for breadcrumbs – because the harder and harder you work now, the greater the payoff in the future. “The Big Picture” …at least that’s the script. For those who have not endured this
business, it may be difficult to understand. I would have a hard time understanding it myself – if I hadn’t lived it. But thousands of people have lived it –
and we are telling our stories. Through all of our experiences, our many notebooks filled with indoctrinations disguised as “marketing techniques,” and reputable outside sources, you will see a clearly painted picture of this secretive worldwide business. This business targets the most vulnerable: people who are looking for
a career change, for a career that requires little to no
experience, and, of course, people who just downright need a job, and are willing to take anything that comes along. This career opportunity is advertised far and wide: saturating career websites populated with plenty of job seekers. Sometimes you won’t even need to apply. They come searching for you. I didn’t. I got a phone call like
“Yeah, so…” By a phone call saying they saw me on like a Career Builder website. Like “Hey, check this out!” They approached, they e-mailed me. Yeah, which is weird. They e-mailed me. I think they said they saw my resume on probably Indeed or Career Builder cuz I do have that up there. So they e-mailed me. And, um, I kinda was suspect. If you get selected for an interview, which basically means you have a resume and a pulse, you will be contacted by the company receptionist. As some receptionists book interviews for two or more individual companies in this business circle, the person you talk to might not even work in the same office. You might be told you will be interviewing with an “event marketing company” that does
“on-sight product promotions.” They may glamorize the position by emphasizing “there is no cold-calling involved.” They also make sure you have a car. That’s about the only qualification. Because then you have the “opportunity” to drive hours and hours a day, with nothing but a taxed “travel reimbursement” – which just might cover your gasoline. Once the interview is set up, you should receive an e-mail with directions to the company’s office – which is almost always very basic and nondescript. In the first interview, the interviewer, either the owner or assistant manager, speaks very quickly and recites multiple clichés: that they are growing fast, and need more positive go-getters who want to do more than what is expected. It is here you will first be told this business’ three commandments: Through this, they begin laying the foundation to control every aspect of your behavior. Every positive thing you will do is a reflection of your keeping these commandments. Every negative thing you will do is a reflection of your having broken these commandments; and those negative things will need to change. If the interviewer likes you, you will be contacted for a 2nd interview. The pace and ambiguity of the 1st interview leads many people to the 2nd one without even knowing what the job is for which they are interviewing. The 2nd interview is done on-location at a big box or grocery store where the business’ products are being sold. The whole purpose of this interview is two-fold: to show you how you will spend your day and, if necessary, to “put you on your back foot” – in an attempt to make you feel inferior to the interviewer. First you will be led to a less-crowded area of the store where the interviewer will ask for your resumé and begin to write on it. They have been trained to mark-up your resumé on purpose, and to assign it a number other than “1” to make it seem like you are not the only person who has interviewed that day, and to make you sell yourself to them. If you show at least a little interest, you will be allowed to spend some time watching the sales performance, taking plenty of good notes to display your strong student mentality. After this, you will go back to the first location and be asked about the notes you took. You will then hear a breakdown of the stages of the “opportunity.” Basically, what your responsibilities will entail at each level, and how much you will make. This begins with the amount you will make
as an entry-level rep, which is almost always an overstatement, and is based on the ideal situation of you being an elite seller from the start. If you can sell, you will be promoted to “Team Leader” and be given additional responsibilities: training new employees, doing 2nd round interviews to build your team, running meetings, and having “critical conversations” with under-performing reps – all without an extra dime of pay. Unless you look at it from the fact that now, you get more daylong solo shifts in the stores – and don’t have to split your commission with anyone – then the increased number makes sense. Getting the opportunity to go solo
inside of a store is a huge opportunity. Within a year’s time, if you master the product knowledge and become an expert at training others, you may then be promoted to management, where you will learn the in-s and out-s of running one of these businesses. You will then be promoted to your own office, which they say means “owning your own business,” with starting pay between 75 and 100 thousand dollars a year. Fast money. That’s how they get you. When I was looking at it and it was specifically slated as an entry-level job, and I got to the interview and they said “Hey, this is entry level,” but we can teach you all of these things, and you’ll have your own team, and you’ll be able to develop this experience,” at that point in time I looked at that and went “Good,” you know, I need to be able to get to the point where I have financial stability, where I have a career – and that was kind of I think the biggest draw. After this breakdown, you may be able to ask a few questions before the interviewer sends you on your way. But not before assigning the homework. You will be instructed to e-mail the interviewer several reasons why you think you should be hired for the opportunity, and what makes you better than all the other candidates, who may or may not have interviewed that day. Again, it’s all about sales, and specifically selling yourself. Something you may hear in both of the first two interviews is the deceptive phrase, “We are looking to wrap up the interview process within the next week.” They were not willing to answer all of my questions during the initial interview process and that’s something that I remember
very clearly. I think that I went into it, kind of, eyes open as to what I was getting myself into to an extent, at least, because I have a tendency to ask a lot of questions not just about my job but about the structure of the business and I wanted to know what I was getting into, It wasn’t shot down in a way that was particularly suspicious but it was kind of directed away, like “How long is it going to take me to get here,” “How is this compensation plan set up,” “What’s the kind of business that you get at the end of it?” “How is this business set up?” “Why are they paying for the office for you?” “What is the structure of this?” And those sort of questions that I tried to ask – were deflected. Or “It’s something that you’ll learn later,” “Oh it’s something we’ll teach you another time.” And that was something that I think stood out to me a little bit was the amount of information I wasn’t allowed to have; but other than that the interview process was very compelling, it was very convincing. Many offices require a third interview, which allows you to drive all the way back out to the office for basically a 10-minute question-and-answer session
with the owner. If you show some type of “go get ’em” positive attitude, and don’t say anything stupid, or ask any critical questions about the company and the sales process, you will likely be offered the position. Congratulations! You have now been offered the opportunity of a lifetime – just like everybody else that didn’t make a negative impression. The structure is to teach people a process that has proven to be successful, to teach it to them quickly to teach them to advance quickly, and, like all legal or illegal pyramid schemes, it’s about the bottom man growing as quickly as possible. They all had this sad sob story. They all said they started off with the company because they weren’t meeting their funds and they needed more money; and when they started off they were making a lot of money. I guess they sold me with that, because during that time I was struggling. So if you’re telling somebody how you were struggling, how you overcame it with the company, it appeased me. Every person I talked to: the receptionist, the team leader in the store, the owner… they all said they were looking to wrap up
the interview process. They made it sound like it was a short
process and they were looking for only a few people. But once you get hired, once you get into the office, you realize that the receptionist is always on the phone – they’re always making phone calls, they’re always setting up interviews, and that process never stops. It’s a revolving door. And when I was in the business I just chose to not critically look at that; I chose to ignore it. I don’t think we’re any more full-of-shit
than any other entry-level sales organization; I just think we are better trained to package and present the bullshit in a way that’s attractive to somebody that doesn’t know any better. Your first day in the business is a surreal experience. It’s designed to make this stand out from any other job you’ve had. You will be met by a team leader – ideally the person who did your second-round interview – in order to show you a familiar face. You will then be taken into the “impact room,” where all the morning magic takes place. The technical term for what you are about to experience is “Atmosphere.” Another term often used, specifically to boost the perception of the need for the daily meetings is “business school.” You will then be asked to get out your notebook. You are about to be taught the first of Every aspect of the business relies on these four law-like systems. A veteran rep will write-out, word for word, the information on a whiteboard. YOU must learn every word – in exact, sequential order. No synonyms, no similarities, no substitutions. When you come back the next day, you must teach back the information – word-for-word, with 100-percent exactness. At 9AM, the workshop starts. Everybody is standing. There are no chairs. This is identified as a way to keep everybody active and awake; but in reality, it’s just another method
of behavior control. A team leader or manager then takes the stage and gets everybody’s attention with a form of classical conditioning. The owner or team leader then drills the room on sales methods and the office practices their techniques. After another mini meeting, called an “impact,” the office breaks off into groups, based primarily on what each person is selling that day. As a newbie, you will likely receive the office tour. Some things to look out for are photographs of people who have risen through the business to open their own office, and the “Step 7 boards” of the team leaders – which reflect their goals, dreams, and aspirations. The office will reconvene and, after getting more conditioned responses, the owner will shout out the names of who put up the best numbers from the previous day. These are the “high rollers” – (cash register ringing) The people you are taught to “network” with, (Hello!) and with whom you need to setup a “1-on-1.” The owner will then conduct a motivational meeting to inspire the office before sending everybody out to sell stuff. Everything was “Yeah, Yeah,” it was just,
you became more of a yes-man. Everything positive. (cheering/screaming) At the end of your first atmosphere, your 2nd round interviewer will approach and ask you, with bubbling positivity, how your first day went. They are highly motivated to keep you around. The more interviewees they get to stick around, the larger their team. The larger their team, the greater likelihood they can train a sufficient number of team leaders. If they create enough team leaders, they get promoted to ownership. (angelic sounds) It’s kind of relevant that the previous place I worked was The Tile Shoppe, and I don’t know if you know this but there is a class-action lawsuit out against them for a bunch of “labor law violations.” And I had seen a lot of not the exact same thing, but the same attitude employed there to try to sucker people in to taking shitty positions. When I was at The Tile Shoppe, you would go in as a salesperson, but then if you proved yourself or you did well
enough, you could become an assistant manager to the store. And if you were willing to suffer through being an assistant manager, which had no increase in benefits
for a heck of a lot more work, then maybe one day you could become the manager of your own store and at that point you’re guaranteed a certain level of income. And I think to you that might sound a little bit familiar: as long as you’re willing to scrape for x-period of time, then, then you can get your carrot. So when I was in the first week and we were having these super exciting jazzed up marketing meetings and talking about all this stuff like “Aw yeah we’re gonna be a team and we really want you to be invested and we want you to make friends and we want you to be happy,” I started seeing some of the kinda “drink the Kool Aid” attitude that I had seen prior and that’s sorta
what raised some of the red flags for me but at that point in time I was willing to give it a shot, you know? And I needed a job and I needed to make money. Within your first week, you will be expected to learn and teach back all four systems. You will be taught how these four systems influence every aspect of the business: from your daily approach, to sales, to the number of customers you interact with, to everything. If you forget a word, or use a different word than what was taught to you, you failed – and you have to try again tomorrow. After two unsuccessful tries, you receive the conversation about falling behind. These laws will be drilled into your brain. If you have a great day, it’s because the systems work. If you have a bad day, you didn’t use the systems well enough. If you’re not sure how to react in a certain situation, consult your systems. If you’re on a break and need something to do, rewrite your systems. If your office is not doing too great, expect a pop quiz on the systems. Are they teaching things back the same way that they learned them?

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100 thoughts on “The Slave Circle (Direct Marketing Devil Corp. Documentary)

  1. Damn this is so surreal as I’m a sales representative for a sister company under smart circle. They advertised it as a marketing internship (paid). Which is music to a college students ear. Everything in this video is pretty much spot on. I mean this job is so emotionally draining not only in the store but in the “office” as well. Everything was misleading and didn’t realize what I was actually going to be doing. Never mentioned sams club and never mentioned that I was going to be a SALES person and was NOT an intern at all, I was treated the same way as “normal” employees that weren’t interns.

  2. I was in B2B, a different department from events and promotions (aka: walking from store to store and pitching business owners) I wasn’t reimbursed for transportation. Nor was my second interview on location – it was in the office taking notes of “great working habits” – I didn’t know what my job was until I had physically signed the papers

  3. I have been given items like this from listening in a group for this or that. I take the item go around the corner and ditch it. I did get a good deal on an all natural cleaner- because of course I got double. I looked it up on my phone and I did get a better deal. This training is sick- preying on people. The people that are at the top for this training are the sickos.

  4. Let me tell you, this retired Special Education teacher may not be rich but I have a pension and health insurance. These folks working in this environment- good luck!

  5. A friend of my husband’s tried to push Pre-Paid Legal onto us hard back in 2010. She is a real estate agent who I think was looking to make a quick buck and totally bought into their scheme.

    I’m so glad we never allowed her to sign us up.

  6. In this show there was a name mentions " Larissa and Mike ". I once met a Larissa who was into this sort of stuff but running it business from the home. I tried to search these comments to find the name but can not see anything here. Can anyone provide the full name of Larissa so that I can understand if it is the same person I met before or not? Thanks in advance.

  7. A question for us on the other side, the customer. Is there anyway for us to press charges or take action if we're scammed? I was recently scammed by cydcor in walmart with directv and att cell phones, and luckily directv and att were awesome and let me out of the contracts with no penalties. The guy said his name was one thing but put a completely different name on contract so im guessing that may have helped me get out of this scam, but others may not be so lucky. With no other information other than "cydcor" "directv" "att" and a rep. ID#, its impossible to track down where these people are from, who they are, and who their bosses are. Im realizing now that the "bosses" wont ever take appropriate action because its actually a business built on scam and business will go on like normal just in another location under a different name. It would be nice to be able to take action in some way as a customer. I feel like all i can do now is just spread the word on social media to not purchase anything from random sales people in places like walmart, which is a shame, but at least its something ?‍♀️

  8. this hurts to watch. it’s disgusting how they prey on the most vulnerable people out there. almost got suckered into cutco/vector fresh out of high school. they specifically targeted new high school graduates in my area (it wasn’t too long post-recession and there was an extreme lack of entry level jobs at the time). i must have gotten a dozen letters begging me to come interview from 18-20. a guy i dated One Time even tried to get me into his downline ffs. i broke down and went to a couple interviews but all that false positivity made my teeth ache.

  9. Loved this documentary. However, you guys completely missed the door to door aspect of the business. I did door to door energy sales where people displayed the product as a "free service" but in actuality paid THOUSANDS more per year. It was despicable, and I had to leave due to the fact that ethically I couldn't live with myself.

  10. 1:04:14 Macy's employees have MUCH more benefits than direct sales. Department stores are a great transitional job actually, much better than devil corp. They have both an HOURLY WAGE and often COMMISSION and BONUS incentives (for attendance, credit card applications, product warranties, rewards program signups, etc). No unfamiliar areas or overly relying on your personal belongings to do the job. Not every role is commissioned of course, but there's still incentive to improve. I work in a department store, and a very neglected one at that, but after shadowing for a job like this, I realize I was very blessed to work in a commissioned department of a retailer. Apply to Macy's, Sears, Lord and Taylor, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, JC Penney, or any other dept store! Go for mattresses/furniture, electronics, jewelry, appliances, cosmetics/fragrance, leather goods, or ANYTHING! It's a much less dangerous territory, you aren't expected to be so pushy, and so what if you don't get promoted within a few months? Still valuable skills that are really utalized.

  11. I was applying to jobs one day because I hated my job and I went to two of these interviews for experience. I called them back saying I couldn’t continue with the process. No regrets.

  12. Managers know the business is going to shit because of awareness and great videos like this!
    I was in Credico for a year starting in 2017. As of now, 90% of managers quit or got fired and there's only been 1 or 2 offices that are still going that have promoted only out from the Miami area.

    People realize it's a scam. The biggest reason is because it's so saturated. Cydcor, Credico, and Smart circle will promote an owner to "virgin territory" knowing damn well that another office had run it down with recruiting.

    So on the bright side, growth in all companies are capping off, no matter what story the "managers" try to spin. Now this just needs to spread even further like how it became common knowledge that cigarettes cause cancer.

    THANK YOU for doing these videos. You are doing more of an impact on the world than any of the lame morning meetings

  13. These pyramid rip offs are everywhere. True Vision Enterprises in Orange CA is a prime example of this scam. I think this video is great!!!!

  14. I like the lady in red. She speaks very intelligently, and candidly about her experiences. Eventually, after she stopped doubting herself, her integrity, which had been nudging her all along, won. She gained wisdom, self-trust, discernment, peace, confidence, and liberty. I would like to get to know her better. She is interesting.

  15. These pyramid schemes are a modern form of slavery and use heavy-duty industrial strength brain-washing techniques to dupe desperate and gullible individuals. These schemes have been going on for many decades. In the 1950's and 1960's it was FULLER BRUSH, in the 1970's AMWAY came on the scene, somewhere in there came AVON and MARY KAY. SCIENTOLOGY uses the same brain washing techniques to get people to buy their product and are quite possibly the worst in terms of manipulation, human rights violations and modern day slavery.They are everywhere and what they all have in common is a total lack of morals and ethics who prey on those who are desperate. Note how they all convince their 'personnel' that the business is more important than their families or their time. They all emphasize recruiting over all else, and use their own private language and buzz words to communicate with each other and create a false sense of cohesiveness and belonging. The only person making the big money are a minuscule amount of people or even a single person at the top. However, when touting their success, it's images of the mansion, cars, boats and expensive clothes of that one person that are used to encourage and inspire the never-will-be-wannabe's beneath them. These top dogs are true sociopaths and they have absolutely no trouble sleeping at night. You have to have a conscience for any of this to bother you. Employees are viewed as sub-human tools that exist for the exclusive use of the piggy at the top.

  16. Tell me any company isn’t the same way though? Let’s take a grocery store.

    1 CEO
    ~6 “board of directors”
    ~12 “national managers”
    ~40 “regional managers”
    ~2000 “store managers”
    ~6000 “assistant managers/deli managers/CS managers”
    ~120000 “entry level (cashiers, deli, stockroom”

  17. This shit ruined my relationship and my life. Fuck direct sales and fuck Credico. Robert from "LA Marketing", I hope you're living in a box somewhere.

  18. Slavery isn’t a choice lol but these companies are still bs and I’ve seen a lot of my friends who are young moms get sucked in and then leave bc they weren’t getting very far financially

  19. When I was 19 I got an “interview” with one of these scammers I left and said I didn’t think I was a good fit for their company, I was feeling bad vibes the whole time.

  20. I work for a Sales group under the parent company smart circle.
    1-I get paid 12 an hour,
    2-i get a paid 1 hour lunch
    3- I get paid from the moment I arrive at the office, clock in, leave the office to go to my “store” and then clock out. No other job pays you the drive to work and then the drive home. Neither does this one.
    4- I get commission pay if my total in commission is higher than a 40 hour work week. For example, if my sales are $700 in a week. That’s what I get, even if I only worked 3 days, if I work 3 days and I sold 0. I get 3 days of hourly pay so like 7:30 hours for 3 days is 22:30 hours, roughly $220-230.
    There have been weeks where I, as the lowest possible position at this company have made over 1k in a week, in 5 days. If I sell nothing I still make over 400 a week. As I get promoted and keep going up. I make more
    It’s sales. What you put in is what you get.
    5 the higher you work in the company the more your commissions increase, I have people 1-2 positions above me getting paid 20-30% more than me for less work. I do less now than when I started and get paid more
    This is not an MLM or a pyramid scheme. It’s any other company that provides a service.
    This is 2019. My office is structured this way. The biggest way I can see smart circle failing is not keeping a close watch on theirs partnerships and lower offices, because my office is ran but good ethical down to earth people. We employ solid good people with good backgrounds. Maybe a few bad eggs, but that’s how it goes in a company,
    If you don’t comply with the rules of the stores such as Sam’s, Costco, frys etc,
    You are fired,
    If you can’t be on time, you are fired,
    If you do illegal/shady shit, or if there’s even a suspicion of shady shit going on you will be investigated and if found you did anything wrong you will be fired. If you lie to a customer you will be fired. It’s sales job that in my office has a solid contract and code of conduct. Idk about other offices.
    And lastly, If you suck at sales your more than likely to find a million things wrong with this job,
    7:30 hours a day, I get 2 days off. And I can’t take any amount of time off without shame. Idk what the hell happened to these people.
    If you have questions or bad experiences let me know, id love to know who ran your office

  21. I worked for Mako Marketting for all of two days. Day one I missed the morning meeting, day two they focused on how much money we could make and the company vacations and did this stupid market toss to determine who gets this bonus. After the meeting I gave the boss back the work polo, shook his hand, told him I didn't believe in what he said and that while it may work for some people it won't work for me. I interviewed for management, "this is our management training program" doesnt cut it. I've got seven years experience in management, I worked at Toys "R" Us until they closed me store. Jeremiah wherever you are I wish you and your family well but you're a dick.

  22. Name any successful singer, actress, or public figure with a brand that works less and makes more money. These people are ALWAYS on the go. The video depicts a work environment that no one should've entertained. Yall should've quit but greed and naivete brought you here. Now yall sound like some haters. That's my opinion.

  23. Just accept that your going to be poor and there isn’t anything wrong with thatZ I really hate this mentally about needing to be rich. What about having the goal of gaining friendship and helping the world. Why are ppls so blinded by money!?

  24. Chick fil a-

    Store operator
    Directors
    Managers
    Team leaders
    Team members

    Every chick fil a has these positions.
    Chick fil a Corp takes 50% of your sales if you “own” one. Right of the bat.
    At any point chick fil a can come in and if you are not running a good restaurant, or have issues, they can take it away.
    You never truly own a chick fil a restaurant.
    I worked for a chick Fil a where the owner had 2 of them. One wasn’t doing so great so they took the one that was doing good so he could focus on the one that was struggling. He had no choice and fired half the staff.
    His income was cut 63 percent in a blink of an eye.
    I can go on and on about “legitimate” businesses that do stuff like that.
    To me owning a chick fil a is nothing more than a status symbol. You can make more money doing other things.
    The average chick fil a operator takes in about 150-200k a year.
    Still fantastic for something that is never yours.

  25. The whole time I was watching I was screaming that these businesses are cults. I'm so glad they finally addressed that at the end and mentioned Steven Hassan. If you're in anything like this or even a franchise… read Steven's book.

  26. All I’m hearing from this video and particularly the commenters is that people don’t like hard work. If you don’t think owning and operating a business is a full time job requiring a ton of additional hours then you have no clue what you’re talking about. People these days want the quick, easy way and hope it gets handed to them on a silver platter. You get out what you put in.

  27. This reminds me, and the techniques and payoffs and failures, of the 12 steps.

    Hopefully, by seeing this, others see the mind manipulation cult in many organizations profitable? Or not.

    To the point that, "Hey, what have you got to lose?
    we'll gladly refund your misery."

    ? Go back again and watch this with this idea in mind. And observe things in your halls.
    You're not physically asking for anything, but, somebody's daily hourly time, every social function, like they're pins on a sober vest.

    It's a feel good mind control cult. Even to call it a meeting, it's a cheerleader session.

    Direct experience.
    Not from the outside.
    I don't lie, big or small.
    This is my legal, given real name…

    Phone drop

  28. If you have ever thought that something being on sale, that you got a good deal, that 10 goddamn ramens for a dollar is a good deal, that anyone trying to sell you anything, has been almost only to your own benefit, you have lived a blessed sheltered life away from the world, please begin to seek my friend…it may take more than your present perception.

    Call out…we are out there.

    We are out there

  29. Now you know why “the beast” is symbolized by a goat. Goats are greedy, destructive and obsessed with being on higher ground. If you’ve ever been attracted to something like this you have experienced Satan’s seduction!

  30. Hey, I still have the script from the company I worked with. I can send it to you if you’d like to see it. It shows the breakdown from presentation, to the closing line.

  31. There are jobs where i can dick around on the web all day? Lol i want THAT job ? I'll save actual effort for my art and shit ?

  32. It's basically RELIGIOUS BULLSHIT, PROPAGANDA, and BRAINWASHING applied to a bogus business model in which the VERY FEW make a lot of money at the expense of the suckers they recruit. MLM (multilevel marketing) scams are PYRAMID SCAMS, PERIOD! "MARKETING" is just a bullshit term for SALES!

  33. The higher ups get all the money and power while the lower class is told they just need to work harder. Sounds like normal capitalism to me.

  34. This is hilariously inaccurate. Yeah we sell in Sam’s Club, but I love my job, we make 1k+ a WEEK, my bosses are awesome, and I get to go home at 3:30 everyday! This video’s ridiculous lol. These are legal marketing companies who offer a pretty decent job.

  35. OF COURSE WE NEED TO COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT OUR ECONOMIES ARE BASED ON CONSUMERISM, SELLING AND BUYING PRODUCTS THAT WE WANT BUT DONT NECESSARILY NEED IS FOUNDATIONAL TO SUSTAINING OUR ECONOMIES ! THEREFORE, WE ARE ALL VULNERABLE TO QUESTIONABLE OPPORTUNITIES AND BUSINESS THAT LEAVE MUCH TO BE DESIRED AND FALL SHORT OF SO CALLED ETHICAL BUSINESS AND CONSUMER PRACTICES !

  36. Vector Marketing was a big scam in Memphis. They lure you in with "now hiring for customer service", then when you get to the interview you find out it's a gig for Cutco selling knives. Many of these companies are just MLMs that form cults to sell not-so-great products. You're a 1099 contract employee, you don't own anything. It's an illusion that gives you quick money, but leaves you to fall hard. I fell for an MLM doing "credit repair" but I was lucky to get my money back from the bank. I will never support direct sale companies ever again.

  37. lol the training they did reminded me of the meetings and training I was forced to attend when I worked at Walmart. It was almost exactly like it…

  38. The producer of this vid comes from Chicago M**keting Inc, someone from that company got promoted and has set up shop in North East PA. I stupidly applied for a position. Looked up the owners linkdIn and saw she worked for CMI read their glassdoor reviews which led me to this video.

  39. You know what I would like to see on this channel would be a Spanish version of this. Especially due to the fact that these "businesses" tend to prey on the Mexican and Mexican American communities. For those who are in this business and are ESL or Spanish speaking, it would do the community well to have this available to them.

  40. Who STARTED this? I went to an interview in MA AND CA when I lived there, and after the very first interview at both I realized what was going on, and didn't go to the next interview both times. They were LITERALLY the same exact interview in a rented room in a really nice building. I worked for Wyndam, but they are a real company.

  41. I CANNOT BELIEVE I FOUND THIS VIDEO. Before I landed my current FT job, I got a call for this "event marketing company" in town. I went to the first interview and it was SO VAUGE. They called me later that day for a second interview in which they ONLY GAVE ME THE ADDRESS. It wasn't till I got there that I knew it was a Sams club. I was immediately thrown off. When the dude greeted me and gave me his "schpeel" I just remember feeling sorry for him and how he had bought into the gimmick of it all. I left, they called me later to offer a third round and I told them it felt too similar to an MLM for me to be interested. 
    I consider myself a smart and aware person- good education and not easily manipulated and even I fell for this enough to end up in a second interview. It makes me worried for good people looking for honest work who end up here. yikes.

  42. This video just saved me from this, I have an interview with one of these companies tomorrow and now I know I will not be attending that interview ?? thank you for this!

  43. The business is getting bleak as hell now. By being Facebook friends with "owners" I know it's taking assistant managers more than 1.5 years to promote out. TF?

    Managers can say whatever "we are planning to open 200 offices" blah blah blah. The bubble had burst thanks to vids like this. Less offices are promoting, I saw 0 promotions on my Facebook timeline (you know those Assistant management positions are a big thing!)

  44. Thank you for this, I had a really odd feeling about a company like this and if it wasn't for a good safety net of friends and family in my life I don't think the clues would have been as obvious. It was all suspicious, so I did more research and found out about this practice. This video made my interview feel like deja vu, all the wrong signs are extremely apparent now. Thank you for saving me from a bad decision.

  45. This in all explains and exposes the world towards the propaganda and also the psychopathic nature that these people have upon controlling the masses

  46. Shortly after I watched this video I interviewed with a company for a "marketing position"– there were red flags as soon as I walked in the door, but I was able to recognize the supreme bullshit for what it was in part due to this documentary. It's amazing how the vocabulary is the same no matter the field…my interviewer talked for 5 minutes and didn't actually say a single thing.

  47. I'd cause straight up mutiny at this company. First time my check was short I'd beat the fucking owner within a inch of his life, then go piss on him. Might be my last day, but I'd be a legend and all the girls would want to leave with me.

  48. I'm so glad you made this! I "worked" for one of these companies fresh out college, and moved to another state for it. I stuck it out two weeks after training, and it took my years for my credit and financial health to recover from it. I reported to the FTC, news, BBB, Dept of Labor, everyone.

    I've always known there's been others, but yet no one seems to be talking about these, just the MLMs like CutCo and stuff. The word needs to be spread about Cydcor and the others.

  49. I got suckered into one of these MLM's when l was in my 20's and watching this now just makes me cringe so bad. Literally everything in this doc is true, the no chairs and continual standing up in the morning "impact room" the promotion to "team leader" after like 2 days lol.. the "high rollers" and "ringing the bell" managers motivational bullshit speach in the morning before we all went off to sell. The loud fast paced music In the"impact room" which was designed to keep you motivated (soo cringe). Constantly being told to keep a "positive attitude" and remember the "opportunity" Ugh…that word got thrown around constantly.
    I'm glad l got out, l think l was the only person in that environment that didn't believe it was ever possible to get to becoming an "owner" it just seemed impossible like a continual uphill battle.
    Of course l would never of dared say that at the time because that would of been seen as having a "negative" attitude lol.
    To be honest l've never been money or career driven l just wanted a job with no responsibilities and to earn enough money to live, l wasn't into the whole building a team and climbing the corporate ladder, it just wasn't my goals or aspirations even though (without tooting my own horn) l was the top sales person from our sector and l was one of those "high rollers" l just didn't have the passion or drive for it.
    I'm glad l now see it for what it is "a massive scam" that's sole purpose was to make the people at the top money whilst they got to go home after their little morning motivational speach then we were sent off to work 12 hours a day 6 days a week to line their pockets smh…

  50. Wow I got involved in this back in May bc I was looking for a summer internship that allowed me to practice my sales skills and learn business and entrepreneurship. Turns out it was very scammy, I made my sales and didn’t get paid like I should’ve, witnessed sexual harassment, there was like no HR department, the interview felt rushed and I didn’t get to ask any questions. I slick feel stupid for even being involved for the very few weeks I was there bc I had a feeling something was off but I thought I was just tripping ?

    I would even ask my manager questions pertaining to the job and structure of the business and it was like they would run around the question. Shouldn’t these be illegal?

  51. I get so annoyed when I’m approached by sales people at Sams Club. I’m there to shop not buy cable, flatirons or gadgets. I feel badly saying no because they probably get that all day long. ??‍♀️

  52. For those who still have faith in the utter instability and futility of the life which is based purely on material conceptions. Welcome to Amerika- hail Satan- now pull down those knickers and bend over for Uncle Sam.

  53. I worked for a company like this, however it was a door to door sales position. They had an office and we had to wear professional clothes, but then after the meeting was done we had to go do the door to door sales. This confused me, why are we wearing professional outfits when we have to put on jeans and jackets afterwards. I was like 18 so I was like this might be cool. We were marketing internet and television services. I only lasted one single day, We walked through the snow outside for over 8 hours. We eventually got one single person to sign up for an internet service. I quit that night,
    and when i got my check in the mail for working over 10 hours my check was $10. 10 freaking dollars. I don’t know how any of them kept with it. The girl who trained me was oblivious to what kind of company this was, she was going to go to the military and then come back and try to become an owner again. Also, when we got called back for the second interview there was a woman with me, when they showed us the chart of how the job worked she said “this looks like a pyramid scheme” and that was quickly shut down. Honestly, when i actually got the job I literally had no idea what it was until I actually started, they were so unclear, and everything was scripted.

  54. I actually got recruited into one of these LTD they called themselves, selling for Amway. Never had to go to an office, but I was basically talked down to whenever I had a question or didnt understand why it didn't work. So I actually had an attitude, and that was frowned upon. I got sick and tired of it, and I quit after my upline lead basically said dont go with your parents on a vacation celebrating the fact you graduated college with a vacation for the first time in 5 years. He treated me like I was nothing, and that was the last straw

  55. The accuracy!
    Edit: I’m so embarrassed that I did pretty much just this for 12-15 hours a day for 6-7 days a week for almost 8 years.

  56. Thanks for this video! I applied for a position a few weeks ago, and it sounded good at first because where I live at, the only jobs that can be found are restaurant and retail entry level ones, despite having a college degree. After applying on ZipRecruiter, I was called in a few hours later for a interview the next day. The "office" was in a downtown classy building and at first glance upon entering the "office" there was the receptionist, 4 chairs to sit down, and two doors for the upper guys to do god knows what behind. So round one went okay, the second one consisted of me talking to the team leader 1on1 in a lunch room alongside three others in different seats two floors below the "office." So they gave me the gist of what I'll be doing and how I will be moving up in the field in six months, I accepted the offer. Day one of training after filling out more paperwork, me and a few others walked into a "meeting" with no chairs, and it was basically a bunch of boards showing me and others how to go out and sell DTV at Sam's Club. That was my first red flag, the second was when the "owner" came in and did the whole "opportunities" and "look how much sales John and Jane were able to do" and I thought to myself, "why is the owner announcing to everyone how well they did in terms of commissions? Shouldn't that be under a NDA?" The next red flag was when I was told there could be no shortcuts to trying to sell DTVs, it has to be the same wording over and over again. Once the "meeting" was over, everyone just left to either Sam's Club or Costco to go harass regular shopping customers. What was interesting to me was, I was given a crap ton of emails to sign paperwork, as well as the team leader just up and leaving to go to a store an hour away, and I was confused on what to do next. So I clocked out after an hour, drove back home, did my research on them, as well as this video and holy crap, the moment I saw the words S.E.E. and Laws of Averages, I IMMEDIATELY told the HR that I'm resigning. I was told those EXACT same words on my first day. So now I am unemployed, but thankfully I saved up a good amount of money from my previous job. I dodged a bullet big time!

    TL:DR

    Fuck these type of scams, you're better off dealing with rush hour at a McDonald's drive thru than dealing with pyramid schemes

  57. I did it for 9 months. I did it because my best friend believed in it and I told her, this is a
    Pyramid and I am only doing it because I love working with you so I’ll get some experience for my resume. I was 23 and did it for 9 months right after I graduated college. I happen to have a retail sales background so I easily moved up after a month and started to interview young girls and older girls inside sams clubs….I mean I literally knew I was never going to stay, I ruined a beautiful SUV driving 150 miles a day and honestly at month 9….I just walked out and quit. I’m not a liar why would I lie to people. I did learn how to handle a 70-80 hour work week though. I warn ANYONE to NEVER do this, and if you do, just know to get out ASAP

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